About additional modules
In addition to the core Global Standard for Food Safety we have developed a range of additional modules that can be added to the normal audit process. This offers some great customer advantages:
- Reduce audit burden (and therefore cost) by including requirements that historically needed a separate audit; for example, second party audits.
- Meet specific geographic or customer needs, especially when a brand owner or specifier wants additional requirements to complement the Standard.
- Apply to particular types of operations or look in greater detail at a particular market concern, e.g. gluten free, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), or organisational food safety culture.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
When a site wants to adopt any of our additional modules they must notify their chosen certification body in advance of the BRCGS audit.
- The Global Standard and any additional module requirements are audited together – this may increase the total duration of the audit depending on the number of requirements in the additional module.
- Non-conformities for both the Global Standard audit and the additional module will be identified during the audit; however, non-conformities against requirements of the additional module are not included in the assessment of grading for the Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8.
- Non-conformities relating to the additional module must be corrected and evidence provided alongside any from the BRCGS audit.
- There is no grading of the additional module, but rather a pass/fail.
There are two types of additional modules:
- Public modules which are recorded on the BRCGS audit report and visible in the public section of the BRCGS Directory.
- Private modules which relate to the requirements of a specific company or customer and are uploaded to a separate section of the BRCGS Directory which is only visible to the audited site and, where applicable, the specific customer.
Additional Module 10: GLOBAL G.A.P. Chain of Custody+-
Additional Module 10 - GLOBAL G.A.P. Chain of Custody has been developed in association with GLOBAL G.A.P. to enable food producers and manufacturers packing fresh produce to make a claim of origin from a Global G.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) certificated producer or producer group, where the Global G.A.P. GRN numbers are added to their product packaging.
Additional Module 11: Meat Supply Chain Assurance+-
Additional Module 11 - Meat Supply Chain Assurance is applicable to meat processing facilities who wish to demonstrate to customers an increased transparency of their meat supply chains and verification of authenticity.
It includes an in-depth verification of traceability of the meat supply chain and processes to prevent contamination between meat species.
This additional module was developed with UK industry, retailer and food service companies to provide whole supply chain assurance.
Additional Module 12: Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS)+-
Additional Module 12 - Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS) is applicable to food manufacturers producing gluten-free foods in accordance with the AOECS standard.
The additional module may be used globally, but has been developed with particular reference to European legislation and requirements of the AOECS.
Additional Module 13: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)+-
Additional Module 13 - Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is specifically designed to assist sites in understanding, meeting and providing verification to customers that those prescriptive elements within the Preventive Controls portion of FSMA are detailed in the audit and report.
This preparedness assessment is essential for any site currently, or interested in, doing business with US-based customers.
Food Safety Culture Excellence+-
Food Safety Culture Excellence is an assessment of the food safety culture of sites.
The module provides a score against four key measures of food safety culture – People, Process, Purpose and Proactivity – to allow identification and measurement of improvement.
Private Additional Modules+-
BRCGS work with many brand owners and specifiers to create a private audit regime if they wish to create additional requirements above and beyond what is set down in our core Global Standards.
This is arranged and managed by BRCGS, who would work with specific certification bodies and their auditors to ensure the private standard is available on one of our information platforms, the auditors are trained to these requirements, and we provide a dedicated part of the BRCGS Directory where the results can be securely uploaded in a privately-held area.
If you are a brand owner or specifier and would like to discuss development of a private module for your suppliers to be audited against, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to help.