Issue 6 is now published and audits will commence from January 2012.
The emphasis has shifted somewhat from the emphasis in Issue 5 to audit paperwork (systems and procedures) to more time spent on site assessment of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), including assessment of facility and structure, as well as the hygienic behaviour of food handlers. There is a reduction of some 25% of clauses, which have either been rolled together or taken out where they were deemed not to add benefit in terms of food safety and quality management.
We are finding that the approach is meeting with approval – some sites saying that, in many ways, it represents a welcome return to the grass roots level of food safety auditing.
More on the new issue can be found here – http://www.brcglobalstandards.com/standards/food/