BRCGS Agents and Brokers - Safety and quality

BRCGS Agents and Brokers supports companies that provide services in the sale, import or distribution of goods in the food and packaging industry.

The BRCGS Agents and Brokers standard provides, for all those involved in the food chain, precise instructions to guarantee the safety and quality in the production in the food and packaging processing industry. The standard has been developed to provide a framework for product safety, quality and legality for these non-manufacturing companies in the food and packaging industry.

What is the standard? 

The BRCGS Agents and Brokers standard is aimed at:

  • Brokers: Companies that purchase or 'take title' of products for resale to manufacturers, other brokers, retailers, or food service companies, but not directly to consumers.
  • Agents or Non-Producing Service Providers: Companies that trade between a manufacturer or broker and their customers, but have no ownership or title to the goods.
  • Importers/Exporters: Companies that facilitate the movement of products across national borders comply with legal and customs regulations. Importers and exporters can also be agents and/or brokers.

The requirements of the standard are divided into five categories:

  1. Senior management commitment
  2. Hazard and risk assessment
  3. Product safety and quality management
  4. Supplier and subcontracted service management
  5. Personnel management.

The standard allows the business to take control of its food safety management systems and be certified against a specialised standard to ensure that they comply with safety demands and legal requirements.

Why is certification good for my business?

Meeting the requirements of the BRCGS Agents and Brokers standard will enable your organisation to:

  • Ensure your customers have confidence in your supply chain management
  • Show you have achieved global recognition that can reduce the need for duplicate audits
  • Ensure that audits are carried out by highly trained auditors

How can I prepare for certification? 

Companies that plan well will often have an advantage and be better prepared for certification. It is important that you and your company are positive, committed, and set clear target dates for implementation and assessment. 

This includes:

  • Establishing a food safety and quality management system.
  • Identifying legal requirements.
  • Identifying and documenting the specific food safety hazards and the relevant control measures (HACCP system).
  • Identifying the applicable practice and all the specific standard requirements.
  • Implement any needed improvements.

Why partner with us? 

Within the food and beverage industry, we help customers worldwide to achieve excellence in the food safety and quality, environmental management, supply chain management and product sustainability. Partnering with our customers, we build sustainable business performance and create shareholder trust. 

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