U.S – The Acheson Group (TAG), a food safety consultancy firm, has received a BRCGS Standard license designating it as an Accredited Training Enterprise (ATE).

BRCGS Approved Training Partners (ATPs) are internationally-recognized trainers who train auditors, sites, consultants, and retailers in BRCGS’ Global Standards requirements and protocol.

TAG has previously offered training on the standards and protocol of the BRCGS Global Standards as certain team members were qualified as Authorized Training Partners (ATPs). However, with this new recognition, the capacity is now available to the entire organization.

In February 2023, certification audits began in accordance with BRCGS’s amended Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 9, for which it has created new training programs.

The creation of core skills and the advancement of a food safety culture are two of the new issue 9’s main concerns.

TAG may train auditors, sites, consultants, and merchants on the new issue 9 as an ATE.

The BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard and the Storage & Distribution Standard are other topics TAG teaches.

TAG ATPs offer expertise in international food manufacturing, certification audits, and the U.S. FDA and Canadian CFIA requirements. They are trained in the food categories of the BRCGS food standard.

TAG trainers have gone through an application process and train-the-trainer sessions in order to be a part of the ATE/ATP BRCGS organization.

To give up-to-date information about the standards and BRCGS certification, all ATPs/ATEs collaborate closely with BRCGS and participate in numerous conferences and webinars.

Senior management and production personnel can receive continuing coaching and training from TAG, which will help them earn and retain their certification. All the training material is provided by BRCGS and written by the team involved in writing the Standards.

The scheme is open to individuals and corporations, and all applications are independently reviewed to ensure they meet the rigorous criteria needed for entry to the scheme.

To become a BRCGS Approved Training Partner, one must have a qualification in HACCP or risk assessment, a minimum of five years experience in the relevant manufacturing sector, and successfully complete a BRCGS Train the Trainer course on the relevant Standard post-application.

The applicant must have also passed a registered Quality Management System (QMS) Lead Auditor Course, e.g. ISO9001, IEMA, IRCA, or Lead Social Auditor course (applicable only for the ETRS standard).

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