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Storage and Distribution

Maintaining product integrity during storage and distribution


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.


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.


Why use BRCGS' Global Standard?

  • Customer confidence

    The Global Standard for Storage and Distribution will ensure your customers have confidence in your production programmes and supply chain management.

    Achievable and cost effective

    Global recognition reduces the need for duplicate audits.

  • Worldwide expertise

    All our audits are carried out by a global network of highly trained certification bodies and training providers.


    We have an established, highly experienced Technical team that provides support and is available to answer any technical questions.

More About Storage And Distribution

  • Quick Guide for Global Standards

    Download the Quick Guide for Global Standards now.

  • Training options for Storage and Distribution

    We offer a range of courses to support successful implementation and audit of the Global Standard for Storage and Distribution.

  • Find a certification body

    Many certification bodies (CBs) worldwide offer certification to the BRCGS certification scheme. What should you look for when choosing one for your audit?

More about BRCGS

  • BRCGS Professional

    Our global recognition programme for all BRCGS practitioners - recognising your expertise.

  • BRCGS Bookshop

    Download the Global Standard today.

  • Food Safety Culture Excellence

    The Food Safety Culture Excellence module is designed to complement the process-based audit. A brand new behaviour-based assessment is now available.

  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

    If you're a US manufacturer or supplier or you export to the US, then you'll need our FSMA Additional Module.

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