Issue 2 now launched

We are delighted to announce the new Issue 2 of the START! Programme was launched on 01 March 2023.

The revision and evolution of our standards is at the heart of our work. By reviewing our standards, we can ensure that they incorporate latest industry trends and operations, practical experiences and best practices from industry. The revision process enables us to take into account the changing expectations, regulatory and encourages the development of food safety systems in small or new sites where food safety management systems are immature. Developed in line with the full Global Standard Food Safety, it is recognised and supported by many leading brands and retailers. The programme provides a clear path towards improved food safety standards as food businesses grow.

The focus of the Issue 2 revision has been on: 

  • Reviewing clauses at the basic and intermediate levels to align with the current requirements of the Global Standard Food Safety ​
  • Encouraging understanding and development of a product safety culture ​
  • Ensuring global applicability and compatibility with the Codex General Principles of Food Hygiene ​
  • Expanding the audit options ​
  • Updating the requirements associated with core product safety activities. ​


Issue 2 is available as a free download from the BRCGS Store.

Watch our launch webinar where Richa Bedi-Navik, Senior Global Standards Manager, introduced the new issue. It covers the key changes in requirements and audit protocol, useful guidance and the transition timeline. It is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Turkish.

Watch START! Issue 2 Launch Webinar

Further guidance and support will be available to certificated sites prior to Issue 2 audits commencing on 01 September 2023. This includes translated versions of the Standard, guidance documents, training and further webinars in collaboration with our Delivery Partners. The best way to keep up-to-date with the latest information is to follow BRCGS on social media.