BRC – Frequently Asked Questions:
What is involved in the certification process?
BRC 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.