BRCGS Certification

QIMA/WQS offers certification under GFSI-recognized BRCGS for food safety, packaging materials, and storage and distribution. Transform your business with globally recognized certification and expand your access to new markets.

Partner with QIMA/WQS to navigate the BRCGS certification process, a voluntary scheme that harmonizes food safety standards across the supply chain. Position your business at the forefront of quality and safety with BRCGS, globally recognized across food and non-food industries as one of the most rigorous third-party certifications. 

Achieving BRCGS certification is a requirement for doing business with many leading retailers, manufacturers, and food service organizations. With BRCGS audits and certification through QIMA/WQS, you can expand your market access, bolster your supply chain’s safety management, and communicate to your customers that your products meet the highest standards.

Is BRCGS the Right Certification Scheme for You?

BRCGS certification is ideal for organizations looking to validate their commitment to food safety and quality, opening doors to partnerships with top-tier retailers and suppliers worldwide.  QIMA/WQS offers certification under the BRCGS Global Standards across the entire food supply chain, including the following members: 

  • BRCGS for Food Safety: For food producers (fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, aquaculture), and processing facilities, food service organizations.
  • BRCGS Plant-Based Global: For products that have been manufactured or prepared at the site where the audit has taken place and will include storage facilities under the direct control of the production site management. 
  • BRCGS for Packaging and Packaging Materials: For manufacturers of packaging materials for all types of products, including food and non-food. 
  • BRCGS for Storage and Distribution: For storage, warehousing, logistics, and transport providers. 

    What Is Assessed During BRCGS Audits?

    The following criteria are assessed during the BRCGS audit and certification process under respective BRCGS Global Standards:

    BRCGS Food:

    • Senior management commitment and the development of a culture of product safety 
    • Significant food safety hazards for products and processes, to ensure the safety of products based on hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) and a food safety plan 
    • Quality management systems for the documentation of organizational and management policies and procedures 
    • Environmental and operational conditions necessary for the production of safe food 
    • Development of food fraud prevention systems to protect the site from purchasing fraudulent materials 
    • Encouraging sites to develop robust systems for product security and food defense 
    • Requirements for high-risk, high-care, and ambient high-care production risk zones 

    BRCGS Plant-Based 

    Ensures the absence of animal inputs in plant-based products, in the manufacturing, processing, and packing of:

    • Processed foods, both own brand, and customer branded 
    • Ingredients for use by food service companies, catering companies, and food manufacturers 
    • Pet foods (GFSI benchmarked schemes only) 
    • Natural health products

    BRCGS Packaging Materials:

    • Senior management commitment to provide adequate human and financial resources, and an environment that facilitates continual development 
    • Hazard analysis and risk assessment-based product safety program 
    • Robust quality management systems to ensure that sites work in a systematic way 
    • Implementation of good manufacturing practices within the production areas while recognizing the diversity and breadth of the packaging industry, and the skills required to audit it 
    • Establishment of a microbiological environmental monitoring program based on risk. The importance of product safety and quality culture in the drive to improve transparency and coherence across the supply chain 

    BRCGS Storage and Distribution:

    • Comprehensive scope covering areas of quality, hygiene, and product safety; providing a benchmark for best practice in storage and distribution industries 
    • Reduction of damage, waste and, therefore costs to the business 
    • 'Due diligence' requirements of both the certification body and the customers using their service 
    • Providing a report and certification that customers can trust, no need for their own audits 
    • Ongoing surveillance and follow-up corrective actions to ensure the establishment of self-improving quality, hygiene and product safety systems 

    Do You Need BRCGS Certification?

    If your goals are to enhance consumer trust, access global markets, and align with the highest standards of food safety, then BRCGS certification is an essential step for your business. With BRCGS certification, you will:

    • Add value to your products by complying with a globally recognized standard 
    • Gain access to new local and global customers, markets, suppliers, and retailers 
    • Reduce your exposure to food safety and product safety reputational risks 
    • Reduce costs of failure
    • Establish a solid foundation for meeting and exceeding regulatory standards

    Why Choose QIMA/WQS for BRCGS Certification?

    Choosing QIMA/WQS for BRCGS certification offers unparalleled expertise, personalized support, and a streamlined process to ensure your business meets the rigorous standards of BRCGS.

    • A team with over 30 years of experience in the food industry supply chain, ready to deliver end-to-end solutions to your business.   
    • Specialized in the food industry, with a structure designed to facilitate and expedite the complex certification process and support you every step of the way.  
    • Local experienced food auditors approved for multiple schemes specializing in all food safety quality areas.
    • More than 9,000 satisfied clients at every stage of the food supply chain.