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BRC protocols: New version v.08

BRC protocols

BRC protocols

To ensure the legality, safety and quality of manufactured products

​BRC – Global Standard for Food Safety

BRC launched its version 8 that came into force in February 2019. The BRC scheme is one of the most widely used models internationally so that distributors and supermarkets qualify their own-brand product suppliers, ensuring that they comply with certain requirements that guarantee the safety, quality and legality of its food products.

Among the main developments of the new BRC version, it is worth mentioning that the number of applicable requirements has increased, grouping them into 9 blocks, two more than the previous version. In addition to placing particular emphasis on the establishment of a Culture of Food Quality and Safety, the new BRC introduces, among other notable features, requirements for pet food. It also goes into more depth on the deliberate pollution of food products in Food Defence. Similarly, it establishes more requirements with regard to evaluation of suppliers and contemplates new requirements regarding cybersecurity.


  • Improve food safety.
  • To facilitate compliance with legislation on foodstuffs.
  • To establish the quality and food safety criteria required of suppliers of foodstuffs to distribution chains in the UK.
  • Standardised third-party audits.
  • To ensure transparency and rigour in certification systems.


  • Facilitates compliance with applicable legislation
  • It reduces the costs of possible errors in any production line.
  • It provides organised and effective communication between all involved parties
  • It inspires confidence in consumers.
  • It improves documentation.
  • More efficient and dynamic monitoring of food safety hazards.
  • It adds Programmes of Prerequisites to the organisation's management system.
  • Save time and costs, by carrying out the BRC and BRC/IoP audits combined with other Food Quality and Safety schemes (ISO 22000, FSSC, IFS, ISO 9001).

Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials

This certification is designed for food-related and non-food-related packaging manufacturers. like those used for cosmetics and toiletry/perfumery items or for packaging baby items.

BRC Storage and Distribution

This protocol applies to ompanies that store and distribute food products and non-food products.

BRC Agents and Brokers

This Protocol applies to companies that participate as brokers, agents or suppliers of services, importers and exporters within the food chain.​ Private Protocol Certification British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Companies in the food sector need to be equipped with the systems necessary to identify and monitor hazards that can affect the safety of foodstuffs via a system of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) with a firm commitment to food safety by the management team of the company. AENOR offers the possibility of immediately obtaining, together with the BRC Food, BRC Packaging or BRC Storage & Distribution, the certificates of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and/or GMP based on the Codex Alimentarius. Find out how obtain the certificates.

It is addressed to companies supplying any agro-food product, under their own brand, in stages subsequent to primary production.

Because of the structure of the scheme and the significant overlap with food safety requirements, it is easily integrated with the certification of the IFS Protocol (International Food Standard) and of the standard UNE IN-ISO 22000 (Food safety management systems) and the FSSC 22000 certification allow for the possibility of integrating the systems and optimising the processes with the resulting reduction in audit duration and costs.

It can also be carried out together with the GLOBALGAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and of ISO 9001 (Quality management systems).​​

Once the Audit process has been completed, if the implemented system meets the protocol's requirements, the organisation obtains:

  • The AENOR BRC certificate - Global Standard for Food Safety (or, where applicable, BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials or BRC Global Standard - Storage and Distribution or BRC Global Standard – Agents and Brokers).



AENOR is a company recognized by the distribution chains and has the ISO/IEC accreditation 17065:2012 from the Spanish Accreditation Body, ENAC, for all BRC Protocols, except BRC Agents & Brokers.

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