BRC v6 and Risk Assessment

The BRC Standard for Food Safety version 6 came into force on 1st January 2012.

There has been quite a few changes in the standard with now a lot of more focus on good manufacturing practices.

One big emphasis now in the standard is “Risk Assessment”. In fairness Risk Assessment has been in some of the clauses of the previous standard.

However in the BRC v6 standard Risk Assessment is now mentioned 13 times. The requirement that manufacturers carry our risk assessment is now critical is achieving certification to the BRC v6 standard.

What do we mean by Risk Assessment?

The BRC defines Risk Assessment as:

“The identification, evaluation, and estimation of the levels of risk involved in a process to determine an appropriate control process.”

This means you need to identify the risks involved, evaluate the risk identified and through evaluating the level of risk suitable controls then must be in place to reduce and control this risk.

A risk assessment is not a policy or procedure or a work instruction. It is a documented risk assessment which clearly identifies the risk and implements sufficient controls. A procedure or policy may come out of the risk assessment for how you control the risk… BUT it is not a risk assessment.

Therefore during a BRC evaluation if the auditor asks for your risk assessment for raw material and all you can produce is a procedure for Raw Material intake. Then this is clearly a non compliance against clause

Where a clause specifies there should be risk assessment. There must be a DOCUMENTED risk assessment in place.

SOURCE: BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 6

Note: Global Food Consultancy Ltd provides BRC Consultancy and BRC v6 GAP Analysis for companies wishing to gain certification. For more information please contact Global Food Consultancy Ltd


About ABurne

Andy Burne has worked in Technical Management for many years in the food industry. Now he is a certified BRC auditor and provides consultancy to the Food Industry.