by Margaret Balfour

The past few years have seen some significant changes in the requirements of retailer and GFSI Standard and 2018 is shaping up to be another big year of change. The BRC Global Standard Food Safety Issue 8 is to be released in mid-2018 and as BRC Approved Training Providers, ICS are prepared for delivery of training and technical support to industry, certification bodies and auditors in October 2018.

Additionally, SQFI have released a new version of the SQF Standard requiring upgraded requirements relating to Approved Suppliers, HACCP, Allergen Controls, environmental swabbing and the introduction of both VACCP and TACCP. Furthermore, businesses with HARPs and SQF certification under Code 35 will no longer be able to use SQF as their GFSI base standard. The only GFSI standard available for this sector of the industry, will be the BRC Agents and Brokers standard.

To meet this demand ICS is running recognised BRC Agents and Brokers Standard training for both auditors and industry early in 2018. This will be the first time that this training has been offered in this region. Courses will be delivered in:

– Melbourne: 23 January 2018
– Brisbane: 24 January 2018
– Auckland: 30 January 2018

Please free-call us on 1300 367 810 to book on this course or email your registration enquiry [email protected].

2017 has been a very busy year indeed at ICS with ongoing and significant technical support provided to auditors, industry, certification bodies and Standard specifiers. Our team have been instrumental in supporting the success of the business and our customers through exceptional customer service, dedication and professionalism. I couldn’t be prouder of what the team has achieved in 2017 and look towards 2018 with excitement.

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