Plant-based Certification

Certification to the BRCGS Plant-Based standard enables sites to respond to the evolving demands of their customers.

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The Standard has been developed in response to a shift in consumer purchasing behavior resulting in the rapidly growing demand for plant-based products. The industry has been challenged with meeting consumer demands while also protecting brand reputation and mitigating risk. The Standard provides certainty for industry and consumers alike.

The Standard is based on a comprehensive management system approach and provides a framework for manufacturers to assist them in the production of plant-based food. It includes operational criteria required to be in place to ensure that plant-based products are free of material of animal origin.

Even the most informed consumer may unknowingly consume animal products or ingredients due to the challenge of correctly identifying animal-containing ingredients based on product labeling information alone. The plant-based on-pack trademark will empower consumers to make informed choices quickly and easily. The trademark will allow brands and products to differentiate themselves.

The Standard provides confidence to consumers and industry alike.

Other Standards offered by UK Food Certification

Food Safety Standard

The BRCGS Standard for Food Safety, was the first Standardto be recognised by GFSI in 2000 and now at issue 9.


Certification to the BRCGS Plant-Based standard enables sites to respond to the evolving demands of their customers.


BRGCS’s Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) uses a scientifically proven, risk-based management systems approach for effectively controlling gluten and gluten cross-contamination from incoming ingredients to the final product.

AOECS Standard for Gluten-Free Foods

UK Food Certification are currently being onboarded with Coeliac UK and The Coeliac Society of Ireland as a certification body to undertaken AOECS Standalone and GFSI addendum audits.

Your path to certification

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01. Application

Request and complete our application form, following which we can determine your audit duration and audit costs.
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02. Audit Planning

Discuss and confirm your audit date, and receive your formal audit notification and invoice.
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03. The Audit

The audit takes place on-site. If there are any findings, these will be discussed with you as they
are found.
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04. Corrective Planning

Corrective actions for any non-conformities to be submitted to us within 28 days of the audit for review and close out.
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05. Certification

If corrective actions are satisfactory, your grade will be determined and your certification and audit report
will be issued.


If you are new to the assessment process for any of the Standards provided by UK Food Certification and are looking to have certification against the Standard, you may wish to consider a pre-assessment. These visits can be beneficial as our assessors will identify aspects of the Standard that you may not be conforming to, giving you the ability and time to prepare ahead of your full certificated assessment.

Pre-assessment enquiry