On 27 May 2023, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and BRCGS. This MOU replaces the existing agreement signed on 08 March 2023 and adds the following BRCGS schemes as endorsed sub-scopes under the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA):

  • BRCGS Global Standard – Consumer Products Personal Care Household, Issue 4
  • BRCGS Global Standard – Consumer Products General Merchandise, Issue 4
  • BRCGS Global Standard – Gluten Free Certification Program, Issue 3


These certification schemes help manufacturers demonstrate that that their products meet strict commitments to consistency and the demands of both customers and regulators. Certification is awarded to companies that pass a rigorous audit by a certification body accredited by an IAF MLA signatory. Earlier this year, IAF recognized BRCGS Global Standards for Food Safety, Agents and Brokers, Packaging Materials, and Storage and Distribution as sub-scopes as well.

“By ensuring mutual recognition of accredited certification between IAF MLA signatories operating these BRCGS schemes, IAF is able to continue to support the improvement of public confidence in the safety and quality of products in the global market,” said Emanuele Riva, IAF Chair.

“We are delighted that the IAF has recognised that our certification programmes operate to high standards and deliver results that brands can trust. We use science to make the world a safer place through our supply chain assurance services. Accreditation provides independent verification in our competence, and ensuring that our customers’ products and services are accepted in over 160 countries worldwide”, said Karen Betts, BRCGS’s Head of Compliance.

About IAF:

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) is a global association of accreditation bodies, conformity assessment body associations and other organizations involved in conformity assessment in fields including validation and verification and the certification of management systems, products, processes, services and persons.

IAF promotes the worldwide acceptance of certificates of conformity and validation/verification statements issued by conformity assessment bodies accredited by IAF MLA signatories, and seeks to add value for all stakeholders through its activities and programs.