The British Retail Consortium is an important international trade association, whose members include large transnational retail enterprises, department stores, shops, stores and other types of urban network retailers, relates to the type of product widely. Retailers have an obligation to provide consumers with safe, legitimate products. Therefore, they must take all reasonable precautions and make every effort to avoid any mistakes in the process of product development, production, distribution, promotion and sales.
For the retailer's own brand products, this obligation includes several aspects of the work. One of these is to examine the technical water quality of its suppliers. Over the years, this work has been carried out independently by the retailer: evaluating the technical capabilities and performance of its suppliers based on their own internal standards. The evaluation is sometimes undertaken by the retailer's own technical staff, sometimes by the third party testing agency.
In 1998, the British Retailers Association, the industry needs, initiated and developed the BRC Standard (BRC Food Technical), to evaluate the retailer's own brand of food manufacturers.
Shortly after the release of the standard that caused the attention of other organizations in the food industry, the industry has become a good operating standard sample. This standard is widely used in the UK and other countries makes it become an international standard, not only can be used to assess retailer suppliers, also by many companies as the basic criterion, to establish their own supplier evaluation system and brand product standard.
At present, most retailers in the UK and the Nordic countries only accept BRC certified companies as their suppliers.
The benefits of the global harmonization of the British retail association:
Uniform standards and protocols that can be evaluated by the certification body accredited by the European standards (ISO/IEC 65).
Suppliers only need to make a certification, you can accept all the standards of the customer to provide their own situation.
Covering a wide range of products related to the safety and legality of the content.
Require suppliers and customers work together, mutual supervision.
In the terms of the evaluation, it is necessary to follow up and confirm the real-time monitoring and corrective actions.
The inspection authorities are in accordance with international standards, and the certification provided by the Intertek can be widely accepted when the product is supplied by other countries.
Five responsibilities of retailers
Today, the supplier and the retailer shall be held responsible for the safety and legality of the product, including the following five main responsibilities:
To ensure the provision of detailed product specifications, and shall not violate the requirements of the relevant laws, standards or requirements
To ensure that the supplier has the qualification of production related products, production and operation in accordance with the relevant laws, codes of practice and agricultural standards
Visit the supplier's factory at any time, check the qualification and listen to the audit report
Establish a risk assessment system for product inspection, testing or analysis
Monitor and handle customer complaints
Why do we need BRC certification? Who needs BRC certification?
Most large retailers in the UK only choose BRC global standards as a supplier. Most retailers require manufacturers to provide BRC certification and meet the legal and quality requirements of their retail customers. This is because, according to the food safety act of 1990, retailers have legal responsibility for their own brand products and brands.
The act does not require the export of foreign companies in the UK and Europe to comply with BRC standards.
But as its name, has become a global standard for many industries (food and non food consumer products and packaging materials) widely accepted best supplier standards, not only for the assessment of retailer brand product manufacturers, is also used to evaluate brand products.
Many European and global retailers, such as Australia, are also required to provide a BRC certificate when selecting suppliers. In addition, some international brand owners will also be in their manufacturing plants around the world to implement BRC certification. One of the benefits of the implementation of the standard is that it meets the legal requirements of "reasonable measures", so its certification is not a trade barrier, but a means to meet the legal requirements.