» BRC Agents and Brokers Scheme – Announcement of Pilot Applicants

13 June, 2014

Following the announcement on 26 March 2014 of the pilot programme for accreditation of certification bodies for the BRC Global Standard for Agents and Brokers, UKAS is pleased to announce that the following organisations will participate in the UKAS pilot assessment programme:

• Cert ID Europe Ltd
• Knight International Inspectorate
• Micron2 Ltd
• NSF Certification UK Ltd
• SGS UK Ltd

The BRC Global Standard for Agents and Brokers was published in January 2014, and covers the activities of businesses in the food and food packaging industries that buy, sell or facilitate the trade of products. The Standard also covers the activities of certification bodies providing certification under the Standard. Certification bodies must be approved by the BRC, and this entails accreditation from the local national accreditation body, which in the UK is UKAS.

During the pilot programme UKAS will assess the competence, impartiality and the performance capability of organisations using the internationally recognised product certification standard ISO/IEC 17065: 2012 (Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services). On completion of the pilot programme, UKAS will announce the accreditation of successful certification bodies. The scheme will then be open to other organisations wishing to apply for accreditation.

The pilot assessment programme will commence in June 2014 and complete in January 2015.