Update: March 25th 2020
BRCGS is continuing to engage with all relevant stakeholders and to work collaboratively with all industry groups to maintain supply chain fluidity whist always protecting the safety of the consumer.
In light of the developing global situation and the recent publication of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) position statement, BRCGS has revised its guidance document. 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.
In 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 process. BRCGS will now allow the extension of certificate dates of sites currently operating to one of our standards up to a period of 6 months. This would only apply to suppliers that currently have restricted onsite access. In line with GFSI, this 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 (see brcgs.com for full details). Once the site becomes accessible, the full onsite audit will take place as normal and a new certificate will be issued for a further 12 months.
BRCGS would like to thank all stakeholders who have contributed their views over the past 10 days and we hope this step can keep the supply chain functioning and retail stores remain well stocked.
For further information, please refer to the contact points in the revised guidance document.