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BRCGS Global Standard Gluten-Free version 4

New revision of the standard recognized by the Association of European Celiac Societies (AOECS)

BRCGS Global Standard Gluten-Free version 4

BRCGS Global Standard Gluten-Free version 4 BRCGS has published version 4 of the BRCGS Global Standard Gluten-Free.

The result of a detailed and inclusive review process, Version 4 features a strengthened and robust standard that will provide greater assurance and value to all stakeholders.

First published in 2011, the BRCGS Global Standard Gluten-Free has seen a year-over-year increase in recognition of the standard.
With significant growth in the UK and Europe over this period, the standard is applicable globally and now has certified sites in 35 countries around the world.

The rigor of the BRCGS Gluten-free certification has earned the approval of a broad network of national and regional associations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

This allows certified sites to use the association's brands on packaging with the highest consumer recognition in their market, such as the Beyond Celiac brand in the United States, the Celiac Canada brand in Canada, and the Acelmex gluten-free brand in Mexico and Latin America.

What's new for version 4

BRCGS has entered into a strategic partnership with the Association of European Celiac Societies (AOECS) . Together, they compared the AOECS standard and innovatively developed an additional Section 8 to the gluten-free BRCGS standard .

This collaborative effort allows certified sites and the brands that source from them to display the AOECS Crossed Grain symbol on their packaging .

This symbol is the most recognized gluten-free emblem in Europe and neighboring economies , signifying adherence to rigorous gluten-free standards.

Tunde Koltai, President of the AOECS , said: "We are excited to announce our collaboration with BRCGS in the development of the new Section 8 within Issue 4, including additional AOECS requirements for those sites aiming to market their products in Europe.
This collaboration allows them to become licensees for the use of the respected Crossed Grain brand.

Integrating additional AOECS requirements into the BRCGS standard simplifies the audit process for manufacturers and reduces audit fatigue. AOECS is committed to continuing to work with BRCGS, to provide the best possible outcomes and promote the safest gluten-free foods on the market for people with celiac disease conditions for whom gluten-free food is currently the only treatment."

Given that 91% of consumers say their purchasing decisions are influenced by third-party verification and 76% prefer products certified by a recognized celiac association, this collaboration will support the creation of more safe gluten-free products in the global market.

Other key changes in version 4 include the addition of non-conformance classification, a new section on packaging labeling and control, and the extension of the scope to include outsourced processing.
You can also expect other changes that are designed to streamline the process and provide clarity.


To allow certified sites to make the transition, version 4 audits will begin on August 1, 2024.

To assist sites in the transition, supporting publications and guidance will be published in due course and Issue 4 training courses are expected to be available in Spring 2024.

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