The situation regarding audits to any of the BRC Global Standards has changed once again and the following is the substance of the latest message from the BRCGS released on 25th March 2020
“In light of the developing global situation and the recent publication of the GFSI position statement, BRCGS has revised its guidance document BRC072. The intention is to ensure we continue to play a full and supportive role within the global food and drink industry at this difficult time.
order to reduce stress on sites at this difficult time we have decided to
remove the self-assessment and remote audit element from the certificate extension
BRCGS will now allow the extension of certificates up to a period of 6 months. This would only apply to suppliers that currently have restricted onsite access.
extension will be based on a risk assessment by the site’s current certification
body and will be validated and verified through the exchange of relevant
documents and an interview process with the site.
There will be no BRCGS fees for this certificate extension.
Once the site becomes accessible, the full onsite audit will take place as normal and a new certificate will be issued for the ‘usual’ 12 months”
In other words the previous idea of a “Remote Audit” has gone although there will still be interviews carried out as part of this new system.
At Micron2 we hope that there will be no further major changes over the coming days now. Please contact us if you need more details of the Risk Assessment process.
We are delighted to welcome Samantha MacRae who has joined us this week. Samantha is a full time employee who will be carrying out audits and assisting with report checking. Samantha comes from a wide-ranging food manufacturing environment and adds strength to our audit team for both bespoke audits and BRCGS work.
We are pleased to announce that we can now carry out Marine Stewardship Council Chain of Custody audits in the UK and Ireland.
These are done by Micron2 in partnership with the Swiss certification body:
Ecocert IMOswiss AG
Importantly they can be done in conjunction with a BRCGS Audit or as a stand-alone audit.
Ecocert IMOswiss AG is part of the ECOCERT Group based in France and has many years of experience in high quality services for seafood standards.
For details about MSC Certification please look at our working partner’s website at http://www.ecocert-imo.ch (direct link to: http://www.ecocert-imo.ch/logicio/pmws/indexDOM.php?client_id=imo&page_id=msc&lang_iso639=en)
Otherwise please contact us at info@micron2
We had an excellent meeting with all our food safety auditors, including our UK BRC auditors and the rest of the BRC Certification team this month. This one was held at Fordhall Farm in Market Drayton, our local, famous organic farm. They provided all the food which was lovely of course.
Thanks to this very long-standing client for reminding us how long we have been doing audits against what is now the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.
This was of course even before anyone was accredited. We were among the first group of companies to be accredited by UKAS when all those CBs involved were accredited on the same day in 2000.
Well done to Pittas Foods also, for maintaining their certification for all this time.