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Food Safety

Help and Guidance

If you have queries about how to interpret the Global Standard for Food Safety or how it's audited, or you have any questions, comments or requests, the BRCGS Technical team are here to help.

However, you may want to download our FAQs which we have produced to support sites, certification bodies and specifiers ensure that they understand the new requirements of Issue 8 of the Standard. 

Please contact us and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Learn about the key changes between Issue 7 and 8 of the Global Standard for Food Safety in these two videos:

Root and branch review and how to address the requirements

Food Safety Issue 8 key changes

Guidance Documents and Self-Assessment Tools

One of the first steps in preparing for an audit is a self-assessment or gap analysis to identify areas for additional preparation. We have developed a self-assessment tool to assist with this process which is available in several languages.

Click on the relevant link below to download the document in your preferred language.

Position Statements

During the lifetime of a published Global Standard, the BRCGS Technical Advisory Committees may be asked to either review the wording of a clause in the Standard, or to provide an interpretation of a requirement or rule.

The decision made by the Technical Advisory Committee is known as a Position Statement. Position Statements are binding on the way the audit and certification process is carried out, and are seen as an extension to the Global Standard.