If you are BRC-V8 compliant, or looking to be, you will have downloaded the BRC self-assessment tool. This is the BRC audit checklist. It’s what the BRC auditor will go through. So of course it’s the standard you need to work towards and maintain in the day-to-day running of your food manufacturing business.
The BRC self-assessment tool is hugely detailed. However, each point needs to be broken down even further. As an example, 188.8.131.52 on the BRC self-assessment tool states:
“There shall be a documented policy for the controlled use and storage of sharp metal implements including knives, cutting blades on equipment, needles and wires. This shall include a record of inspection for damage and the investigation of any lost items. Snap-off blade knives shall not be used.”
There are many elements you need to check, before you can be confident that you fully adhere to 184.108.40.206. So it’s important to break it down. To prepare BRC Gap Analysis we have used logic to make sure that each requirement is covered. That way, nothing is missed. Here’s what we did for 220.127.116.11:
By the time you have answered all relevant questions, you can be confident you have covered all elements of that item. Confidence is key. Otherwise you will need to keep going back to double-check whether you got it right the first time.
This is paramount when you identify gaps, or non-conformances. You need to collaborate with colleagues to ensure that corrective action addresses these gaps. It’s also critical to be certain that correction actions have been done to the required standard, rather than a quick patch-up.
The Actions feature of BRC Gap Analysis allows you to do just that. You can:
Particularly if you are working towards your first BRC audit, expert advice is key. You know your food manufacturing business inside out. But a BRC expert knows the BRC standards inside out! I would recommend asking for referrals for consultants who can walk you through the process. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. This will make your audit-preparation process more manageable.
BRC Gap Analysis helps remove the pain from the BRC audit preparation, freeing up time for your business, and increasing confidence that there are no gaps. Start your free trial now.