BRCGS Certificate Extension Plus & Covid-19 Assessment
The widespread outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent restriction of travel has had an undeniable impact on audit arrangements. As such, BRCGS has recognized a need for additional assurance beyond the certificate extension process (BRCGS072) based on risk assessment.
The new audit protocol, “Certificate Extension PLUS” will help offer the needed level of reassurance to customers via a more rigorous assessment process based on a full site self-assessment and use of remote audit technology. Additionally, an assessment of COVID-19-specific risk management will be taken into account. The extension granted by Certificate Extension PLUS will be valid for 6 months.
In addition to the new extension protocol, BRCGS has developed a COVID-19 Additional Module, with the intention of helping sites demonstrate their effective implementation of process and practices to mitigate the risks imposed by COVID-19. An additional set of developing complimentary subject guides, links, and webinars, are also available.
To learn more, visit the BRCGS website.
BRCGS – Frequently Asked Questions:
What is involved in the certification process?
BRCGS certification requires a combined on-site document review and facility inspection conducted in the same visit. Audit duration for the average supplier typically requires two days for the onsite visit and an additional 1/2 to 1 day for off-site report writing and corrective action management. Total audit time is determined based on employee count, number of HACCP studies, complexity of processes, and facility square footage.
How long is the certification valid and how often will we be audited?
Audit results are graded based on the type and number of nonconformities cited. A company who achieves either an A or B grade must undergo annual audits of their system to maintain certified status. A company who achieves the minimum passing grade of a C must undergo a six month audit frequency until a higher grade is achieved. Future audits are conducted within the 28 day window prior to the six month or 12 month due date, which is based on the initial certification audit date.
How do we get started?
We highly recommend that you initiate a relationship with your certification body prior to completing the implementation of your system. This will help you plan for the certification process in terms of budgeting and scheduling. As part of the planning process, we also highly recommend a pre-assessment, both to assess your preparedness and to increase your overall chances of passing your initial certification audit the first time.
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