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BRCGS Plant-Based

The BRCGS Plant-Based Global Standard offers clarity and consistency given the widely divergent interpretations of what food can be worthy of the ‘plant-based’ label.

The BRCGS Plant-Based Standard is based on a comprehensive management system approach and provides a framework for manufacturers to assist them in the production of plant-based food. The Standard includes operational criteria required to be in place to ensure that plant-based products are free of material of animal origin.

Key Benefits

Inspires Confidence

The use of an on pack trademark is a tool for consumers to develop trust in a brand by a quick label​. The Informed Trademark is globally recognised and trusted, providing manufacturers and brands with a mechanism to be transparent about the claims, healthiness, and quality of their products.

Drives Business Growth

Independent research carried out by the University of Birkbeck, demonstrates that organisations operating to BRCGS standards improve food safety, operational efficiency, commercial growth, improved profitability and broad-based innovation.

Brand Differentiator

The Informed Trademark is globally recognised and trusted, providing manufacturers and brands with a mechanism to be transparent about the claims, healthiness, and quality of their products.

We Can Help You On Your Journey To BRCGS Certification

SAI Global is a 5-Star Rated BRCGS Certification Body which means our customers receive the best guidance and support – whatever stage in their journey.

What is the BRCGS Plant-Based Standard?

The Standard It is based on a comprehensive management system approach and provides a framework for manufacturers to assist them in the production of plant-based food and ensure that plant-based products are free of material of animal origin.

Scope of BRCGS Plant-Based Standard

The Plant-Based Global Standard applies only to the control of animal inputs in plant-based products, in the manufacture, processing and packing of:

– processed foods, both own brand and customer branded

– ingredients for use by food service companies, catering companies, and food manufacturers

– pet foods (Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked schemes only)

– natural health products

Documents and Resources for Certification

To help you on your journey to certification all the resources you will need are available in the BRCGS Plant-Based portal including:

  • BRCGS Plant Based Standard
  • Interpretation Guidelines
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Self Assessment Checklist
  • Schedule A
  • Trademark Brand Guidelines
  • Trademark Approval Form
Steps to Certification

Here are the  steps you need to take, please get in touch if you need help along the way

Step 1: Contact SAI Global to discuss your journey to certification and book your audit

Step 1: Download the Standard and the Interpretation guidelines

Step 2: Sign a Plant-Based Program License Agreement (PLA) and a Schedule A (list of recognised products eligible to carry a Plant-Based Program trademark click here

Step 3: Get up to speed with the Standard by attending a BRCGS training course

Step 4: Download the self-assessment tool and measure your operation against the requirements of the Standard to help prepare you for your certification audit

Step 5: Audit complete and Certification achieved

Get the BRCGS Plant-Based Standard

The Standard is available from the BRCGS Bookshop

Learn more about the BRCGS Plant-Based Standard

BRCGS runs the following courses for BRCGS Plant-Based:

– Plant-Based Auditor E-Learning
– Plant-Based Sites

Learn more here

Live Webinar: Get Ready for BRCGS Food Safety Issue 9

Due for release August 1, 2022, to help you get started with the new release and understand the changes, join our live webinar August 9th at 11AM GMT.

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