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BRCGS Agents and Brokers

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BRCGS Agents and Brokers helps those who buy, sell or facilitate the trade of products assure supplier product safety and quality and contributes to maintain and effective chain of traceability.

Agents and brokers are non-manufacturing traders who buy, sell or facilitate the trade of products. They provide a critical link in the movement and trade of products. Certification to BRCGS Agents and Brokers demonstrates your commitment to operational quality and safety, helps you ensure legal compliance and protect consumers everywhere.

What is the standard

The BRCGS Agents and Brokers Global Standard provides a framework to manage product safety, authenticity, quality and legality. It is applicable to businesses that buy, sell or facilitate the trade of products in the food, packaging and consumer product industries, but who do not manufacture, process or store the products in their own facilities or on their own sites.

Agents and brokers play an essential role in the movement and trade of products. They are a critical link in the total value chain. With the ability to influence their suppliers’ product safety and quality standards, they are responsible for maintaining an effective traceability chain. Where the activities include import, there are often specific legal obligations that apply to the products as well as requirements on records maintenance. These may later be requested by authorities or customers.

It is fully recognised as GFSI standard.

Benefits of becoming certified

Certification to BRCGS Agents and Brokers is widely accepted and requested by many retailers, manufacturers, ingredients companies, food service organisations and raw material processors.

Among the additional benefits enjoyed by certified companies are:

  • Assists companies and their customers meet the legislative requirements for product safety.
  • Enables operators to further develop systems for product security (food defence) and product authenticity in the supply chain.
  • Addresses consumer demands for assurance and demonstrate commitment to develop a product safety culture.
  • Reduced costs of failure.

Getting started

To be certified, you first need to implement the required procedures into a system complying with the standard’s requirements. DNV is an accredited third-party certification body and can help you throughout the journey starting from relevant BRCGS Agents and Brokers training to self-assessments, gap analysis and certification services.

Learn more about how to get started on the road to certification.

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