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The BRC scheme is based on a series of Global standards which aim to ensure that retailers can meet their legal requirements and protect the value of their brands, whilst keeping consumers safe.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) was asked to set up the scheme by retailers to reduce the number of supplier audits, remove the competitive element from product safety, and provide a baseline measure that would assist retailers to demonstrate “due diligence”.
Evidence of Certification to the Standard forms a vital part of a retailer’s or wholesaler’s Quality Assurance system and also allows suppliers to gain entry on to the BRC Directory and market their capability to potential customers.
The scheme operates under EN45011 accreditation and is composed of an audit which is assessed by a Certification Body, such as TÜV SÜD Product Service, filed with the BRC and then placed on record for reference by retailers and distributors.
The service offered by TÜV SÜD Product Service through its certification body, TÜV SÜD BABT, will require the audit of suppliers to evaluate risks and hazards relating to safety and quality.