British Retail Consortium (BRC) - Agents & Brokers

Agents and Brokers (non-manufacturing traders) who buy, sell, or facilitate the trade of products, provide a critical link in the movement and trade of products, and influence supplier product safety and quality standards, as well as being responsible for maintaining an effective chain of traceability.

The BRCGS Global Standard for Agents and Brokers has been developed to provide a framework for managing product safety, quality, and legality for these non-manufacturing businesses in the food and packaging industries

Who Needs It?

  • Brokers: Companies that purchase or ‘take title to’ products for resale to manufacturers, other brokers, retailers, or food service companies, but not directly to the consumer.
  • Agents or non-manufacturing service providers: Companies that trade between a manufacturer or broker and their customers, but do not own or take title to the goods.
  • Importers/Exporters: Companies that facilitate the movement of products across national boundaries, satisfying legal and customs requirements. Importers and exporters may also be agents and/or brokers.

Principal Requirements

As with other BRCGS Standards, the principal requirements are the adoption of:

  • Management commitment
  • Hazard and risk assessment
  • Product safety and quality management systems
  • Supplier and sub-contracted service management
  • Personnel training and hygiene requirements

What Are the Key Benefits?

  • Internationally-recognized
  • Covers product quality, safety, and legality
  • Encourages best practices within the distribution chain

These audits generally require 1.5 days on-site. An additional half day is devoted to writing the report and managing the corrective action process.

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