Originally introduced in 2006, the Global Standard for Storage and Distribution provides the essential certification link between the range of BRCGS manufacturing Standards and the end user, such as the retailer or the food service company.

Developed by multi-stakeholder groups including industry representatives from certification bodies, food service organisations and retailers, the Global Standard is designed to reflect best practice and facilitate a process of continuous improvement through a well-designed risk-based product safety management system.

The objective of the Global Standard is to ensure that product integrity during storage and distribution are maintained, and that customer confidence is upheld through audit and certification.

The third edition of the Global Standard for Storage and Distribution was published in 2016.

Structure of the Global Standard


The Global Standard for Storage and Distribution is divided into eight sections:

1. Senior management commitment and continuous improvement

2. Hazard and risk analysis

3. Quality management system

4. Site and building standards

5. Vehicle operating standards

6. Facility management

7. Good operating practices

8. Personnel

Additional Modules cover wholesaling and services including contract parking, product inspection, and waste recovery and recycling, to acknowledge the various services provided by logistics companies.