We don't carry out the audits ourselves: they're carried out by approved certification bodies (CBs) around the world, which we licence to do the audits for us. These certification bodies are independently accredited by a National Accreditation Body to ensure they're auditing against the relevant Global Standard.

Our aim is to make sure an audit is carried out in exactly the same way, regardless of the product, country of production, certification body or auditor. This ensures the integrity and consistency of the BRCGS certification scheme, no matter where in the world your supplier is located.

Rules and guidelines are laid down detailing the responsibilities of the certification body and auditors, and adherence to these rules are monitored by the BRCGS Compliance team, as well as the National Accreditation Body.

Read an insightful interview with Karen Betts, our Compliance Manager.