The 4th issue BRC Global Standard Consumers Products was published in November 2016.
Issue 4 brings a marked change in structure in the requirements, to reflect the needs of the market. It is composed of two new Standards: Personal Care and Household, and General Merchandise. Each Standard is composed of requirements that can be certificated at two levels: foundation and higher.
Personal Care and Household covers formulated and fabricated products which typically have higher hygiene requirements due to nature and usage of products. Examples include cosmetics, medical devices, food wrap and household cleaners.
General Merchandise covers a wide range of mainly fabricated products where management of the production process to ensure the safety and quality of the products is the primary concern. Examples include electrical equipment, toys, furniture, textiles and jewellery.