We firmly believe that accredited suppliers should be rewarded for their commitment
This means that if a supplier has achieved BRC or a GFSI1 recognised food safety certification, then they should be allowed to skip all parts of the self audit questionnaires that are covered within the scope of certification.
When it comes to audits, supplier self-audit questionnaires rely on the responses provided by suppliers being accurate.
Although there is some debate about auditor competence and audit consistency, it’s generally agreed that an auditor visiting a site and conducting an audit is better placed to provide accurate information than suppliers who audit themselves.
To raise industry standards and improve the quality of information, suppliers who do not have accreditation are strongly encouraged to work towards it.