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BRC Global Standard for Food Safety has been published!

Version 8 of BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is now available. Its application is mandatory from 1 February 2019.

The new version includes many changes, among others, two new chapters: Chapter 8, which brings together all the requirements for high-risk and high-care areas, and Chapter 9, which transforms the voluntary module "Traded Goods" from Version 7 into mandatory requirements.

The standard introduces dozens of new requirements, but also, an in-depth review of chapters such as the first chapter on the commitment of the management which includes 3 new requirements, and 7 modified requirements to introduce the notion of the food safety culture.

Other chapters, such as Vendor Approval (chapter 3.5), already quite detailed in Version 7, has been revised to provide further clarification on vendor audits. The chapter on managing outsourced processes has also been consolidated by new requirements.

You can download the standard here.

We are providing you with the new BRC checklist which you can download here.

ProCert offers you a webinar (click here) to better understand these changes and to prepare you for your first audit according to this new Version 8.

New BRC fees and date of implementation of BRC V 8

BRC increases the fee and the date of implementation is known.

BRC will offer new services through their portal to better control the food chain The details are not yet known.

For this reason the BRC has increased the fee from GBP 300 to GBP 450 (Euro 510) for all audits from 1 August 2018, so before the implementation of version 8.

The fees for the additional modules have all been aligned to GBP 100 (Euro 115), for each of these modules (ASDA, FSMA, etc.), with the exception of the Food Safety Culture Excellence v2 module. The ASDA fee is not yet definitively confirmed.

The new version will be applicable for all BRC audits from 1 February 2019 (and not from 1 January 2019 as communicated in our Newsletter).

Additional control and reporting measures for certain groups of organic products grown and processed in defined countries

Measures for Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation will apply from 2018 onwards without time limit.

Switzerland shares its basic import provisions for organic products with the EU. Switzerland aims to maintain equivalent requirements and modalities with the European Union regarding imports from third countries and is focused on the prevention of pesticide residues and fraud in imported organic products. Therefor, the Federal Office tor Agriculture (FOAG) has decided that the revised control and reporting measures as described in the official letter of the European Commission for the year 2018 shall also apply for imports to Switzerland, for the control bodies recognized by the FOAG as equivalent according to art. 23a of the Organic Farming Ordinance (SR 910.18) for Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. Please note that the measures will apply from 2018 onwards without time limit.

News about BRC Food Issue 8

BRC Food Draft Issue 8 available.

BRC Food is currently being revised, with publication of issue 8 expected in August 2018. This new issue will apply for all BRC audits from February 2019.

You can consult and download for free the draft standard here (Information about standards).

The main changes expected are summarised below:

  • Introduction of a new Food Safety Culture approach in the first section concerning management and their commitment, with requirements on the setting up of a strategy for the development and improvement of a corporate culture in food safety with, for example, an internal communication system to feed back operational information to the management.
  • Review of some of the terminology of the HACCP system in order to comply with various international legislation, such as the FSMA.
  • A review of the requirements on Food Defence, with a focus on the analysis of internal and external risks (threat).
  • A more stringent approach for controlling subcontracted activities and processes, such as the obligation for GFSI recognized certification for subcontractors.
  • More detailed requirements on the monitoring of the production environment for risk products, with details on sampling, frequency, methods, the aims of analyses carried out on pathogens and alteration.
  • Introduction of pet food into the scope of the BRC
  • Grouping together of current requirements in high-risk and high-care zones, which in principle remain unchanged, into a single new section, section 8.
  • The current voluntary module on traded goods will become a full part of BRC Food, with a new section 9.
  • The disappearance of option 2 of the unannounced audit. This means that there will only be two options (no obligation): the announced or totally unannounced audit.

Next steps?

Seminars will be offered in Autumn 2018.

IFS Food Version 6.1 available

IFS Food Version 6.1 is published now.

Version 6.1 or Version 7 ?

Version 7 of the IFS Food standard has been announced for 2018. This new version was specifically supposed to bring the standard into compliance with GFSI requirements in terms of preventing Food Fraud. As this has to be done before 30 November 2017, it ended be an amendment of the current version 6 with the release of version 6.1 by November 30. Version 7 will not published before end of 2018.

Version 6.1 is avaiable here (under Information about standards)

What’s new with version 6.1 ? 

This new version is consolidating the latest changes which already apply as well as some new ones.

Part 1:

  • update of the Integrity Program protocol
  • incorporation of the “unannounced audit” protocol
  • update with harmonisation of the document compared to the Doctrine (July 2017)

Part 2:

  • 20.3: reformulation of the requirement
  • 2.1 (new): requirements for the prevention of Food Fraud (evaluation of Food Fraud vulnerability, plan to reduce vulnerability, revision of the evaluation at least annually and evaluation and reduction plans in the event of an increase in risks)

Part 5:

  • incorporation of the unannounced audit protocol

What is the schedule?
The new version 6.1 will come into force on 1 July 2018.

Next steps ?

A Blended Learning Course about Food Fraud (webbased learning) will be offered in 2018.

After publication of version 7 interactive seminars will be offered.

  • 03.08.2017

New standard ISO 14001:2015

What you need to know

Dear Customers,

You receive this information about the new ISO 14001:2015 standard in the form of the most frequently asked questions: Link

We wish you a good reading.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Fabienne Saint-Martin and Raphaël Sermet
ISO 14001 survey officers
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New standard FSSC 22000 version 4

What you need to know

Dear Customers,

You receive this information about the new FSSC V4 standard in the form of the most frequently asked questions: Link

We wish you a good reading.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

This list of questions is not exhaustive.
We will be offering in august complementary online meetings to share further comments with you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions or to participate in the discussions. We will inform you on our homepage of the proposed dates.

Ismail Saadi
Survey officer

Development of the standard FSSC 22000 – the most important changes

Following the annual meeting organized by the FSSC Foundation on 26 and 27 September in Amsterdam, some changes have been made for version 4, which will be published early 2017.

The most important news are the following:

  • The introduction of the unannounced audit in the certification cycle: one can expect that surveillance audits will be performed unannounced.
  • New requirements will be introduced and will address the aspects related to fraud and malicious contamination. ProCert will provide training on this.
  • Management of auditor    qualification will be stricter with a new examination system.
  • A new reporting format will be    communicated and applied by all Certification Bodies that will improve transparency and use of data.
  • There will be critical    non-conformities, in addition to minor and majors, and the observations (or proposal for improvement) will not be used anymore.

Your contact person:
Ismail Saadi

Revision de la norme 22000

Since the publication in 2005 the ISO 22000 standard is reviewed the first time.

ISO 22000:2005, the International Standard for food safety management systems, is undergoing a complete revision to bring it up to date with today’s new food safety requirements.

 

After a first draft of the future standard (CD 1: Committee Draft 1), the international working group now has to sift through 190 pages and 1080 comments!

 

The second draft, CD 2, will be finalised in the coming months after the discussion of certain issues raised by these comments. The working group in charge of this revision will hold an internal discussion on the points raised this summer/autumn.

 

A DIS version (Draft International Standard) will most likely be available at the end of the winter. The date of publication is yet to be confirmed (probably late 2017 or early 2018).

 

As a reminder, before its final publication, there is a FDIS phase (Final Draft International Standard).

 

Note that the Codex Alimentarius guidelines on HACCP are also undergoing revision, and that the experts of the Codex Alimentarius Commission are also members of the ISO 22000 working group.

Some essential clarifications are on the agenda:

  • Apply ISO’s new High-Level Structure (HLS) to ISO 22000. This is now mandatory when drafting or revising management system standards (MSS). This new structure sets a framework that makes it easier for businesses to integrate more than one MSS.
  • Provide users of ISO 22000 with a new understanding of the different risk‑based approaches. The concept of risk is used at various levels and it is important for food businesses to distinguish between hazard assessment at the operational level, through the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system (HACCP), and business risk, where opportunities also form part of the concept.
  • Provide further clarification on how the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle works. This cycle includes two separate PDCA cycles in the standard, one operating inside the other. The first will apply to the management system whilst the second, within the first, will address the operations described in Clause 8, which simultaneously cover the HACCP principles defined by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
  • Give users a clear description of the differences between Critical Control Points (CCPs), Operational Prerequisite Programmes (OPRPs) and Prerequisite Programmes (PRPs).
  • Clearly define certain definitions and include missing points, such as the action limit for OPRPs.

ProCert will keep you informed as the working group in charge of the revision progresses.