Keep Your Markets Open with BRC Consumer Product Certification
Developed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the BRC Global Standards outline requirements imposed by British retailers for a range of products – with the aim of ensuring safety, legality, and quality of products.
Meeting those standards is mission critical for your business, since the majority of UK – as well as many European and global – retailers and brand owners only consider doing business with suppliers who have gained certification of the appropriate BRC Global Standard.
TÜV Rheinland can help ensure you meet those standards, greatly increasing your market and chances for success.
Benefits at a Glance
With BRC consumer product certification from TÜV Rheinland, you can be sure that you:
- Meet the requirements of your European trading partners
- Satisfy the legal requirement to demonstrate “due diligence,” as required by the European General Safety Directive 2001/95/EC
- Ensure consistency of production for sector-specific product requirements, such as the Low-Voltage Directive and Toy Safety Directive
- Meet GMP (good manufacturing practice) requirements when these are required for the product type
- Safeguard your position in the European retail market
- Build confidence with current and potential customers
- Benefit from our exclusive, one-stop service – product testing, supply chain management, auditing, and training – delivered by highly qualified and experienced auditors with a presence in many countries
- Gain a lead against the competition with a neutral audit seal
- Reduce risk of company liability with documented safety standards
- Benefit from fast audit times and our long-standing experience
Our BRC Consumer Product Certification Services
TÜV Rheinland’s BRC consumer product certification services comprise:
- Verifying the risk-level classifications of your products
- Doing a preliminary audit and evaluating whether your company is ready for certification
- Performing the certification audit
The procedure for TÜV Rheinland’s BRC consumer product certification is as follows.
1. Classification of product according to risk level
The manufacturer has to determine the product group for the manufactured products using the BRC decision tree. The classification is verified by the certification body.
- Group 1: Products with specific legal and hygiene requirements and/or the potential to cause serious injury or death if they fail during normal use.
- Group 2: Products with specific legal requirements and/or the potential to cause serious injury or death if they fail during normal use.
- Group 3: Products with some product-specific legal requirements and which may cause slight injury if they fail during normal use.
- Group 4: Very low-risk products that have no product-specific legal requirements.
2. Implementation of Standard Requirements
The manufacturer has to study and implement those requirements of the standard that are applicable to the determined product group. Group 1 defines the most comprehensive and stringent requirements.
3. Preliminary Audit (optional)
The auditors conduct a preliminary audit to determine any weaknesses in documentation and implementation of the BRC standard.
4. Evaluation of Readiness of Certification
The manufacturer receives a company information questionnaire in which they can demonstrate the readiness of the organization for certification. The auditor evaluates the company information questionnaire. Inconsistencies are discussed and clarified with the manufacturer.
5. Certification Audit
In an on-site audit at the manufacturer’s site, our auditors verify how effectively the requirements of the standard have been implemented. The manufacturer will receive an audit report in the format specified by BRC. Non-conformities identified during the audit will be documented and have to be addressed by the manufacturer within 90 days. If this timeframe cannot be kept, another full audit is necessary.
6. Issue of Certificate
Once all criteria have been met, manufacturers receive their certificate, demonstrating conformity to the BRC Global Standard Consumer Products. Depending on the product group, the certificate is valid for 1, 2, or 3 years.
7. Certification Renewal
To renew the certificate, the audit is repeated every 1, 2, or 3 years after the original audit.
Scope of the Standard
The Consumer Products Standard applies to almost all nonfood consumer goods, such as toys, textiles, electrical items, kitchenware, and DIY (do-it-yourself) items. A few products, however, are excluded from the scope:
- Motor vehicles
- Bulk fuel
- Services (for example, insurance, banking)
- Pharmaceuticals dispensed by doctors
- Vitamins and minerals
- Plants and flowers
- Live animals/pets
- Food contact packaging
The standard was written to allow proper assessment of the factory with regard to the product’s level of potential to cause harm to the consumer. The products are categorized into four different risk levels (product groups) for which the standard defines different requirements.
Requirements of the Standard
The BRC Global Standard Consumer Products defines four different sets of requirements for the different product groups. The number of requirements differs between the product groups, but always covers the following topics:
- Product risk management
- Consumer product management system
- Site environmental standards
- Product control
- Process control
If you are interested in TÜV Rheinland’s BRC consumer product certification services, you may also be interested in our ISO 9001 services .
Our services cover the different standards for the following products:
- Consumer products
- Packaging products
- Storage and distribution
- Non-genetically modified products