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The largest global GFSI manufacturing scheme

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.


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.


Other BRCGS websites

  • BRCGS Participate

    Our information management service.

    BRCGS Participate
  • BRCGS Bookshop

    Download a BRCGS Standard or one of our technical guidelines now.

    BRCGS Bookshop