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BRC/IOP Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials: Issue 4

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The British Retail Consortium (BRC)
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In September 2012 the ‘Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials: Issue 4’ became the first packaging Standard to complete the process of benchmarking by Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), this represents increased recognition for the more than 2000 sites around the world already Certificated. The Standard provides focus on quality and functional aspects of packaging which complement the established requirements of factory hygiene.

Maintaining its versatility in food and non-food packaging, the publication will ensure the scheme continues to be a leading global standard adopted by major retailers and packaging businesses around the world. Certification to the Standard verifies technical and functional performance, aids manufacturers' fulfilment of legal obligations and helps provide protection to the consumer.

All of the changes within the revised edition have been based on wide and extensive consultation with International Stakeholders. Changes to the revised Standard include:

  • Preparation and planning section, providing guidance and support for sites new to the certification process

  • New requirements for managing print control

  • Additional safeguards to reduce the risk of chemical migration from packaging into food products

  • Greater emphasis on managing the functional quality of packaging materials to meet customers' specifications

  • Introduction of 'Fundamental' clauses, relating to systems that are crucial to the establishment and operation of an effective packaging manufacturing operation

  • Introduction of a grading scheme based on number and severity of non-conformities

  • Audit frequencies and processes for corrective action review based on performance

  • Reduction to two product categories based on the hygiene risk associated with the final use of the packaging materials.

To allow time for retailers, producers and certification bodies to become fully familiar with the new requirements and for the BRC to develop their support and infrastructure, the BRC will not recognise audits against Issue 4 until six months after it is formally published.

“The BRC are pleased that the BRC/IOP Packaging Standard has become the first Standard dedicated to the safe production of packaging materials to gain GFSI recognition. This provides added value and recognition to the large number of BRC/IOP packaging certificated sites who have worked hard over the years to achieve the demands of their customers.” David Brackston, BRC Technical Director.

It is a requirement that all suppliers undergoing a BRC/IOP Packaging and Packaging Materials audit have an official, authorised copy of this Standard.

Extent 101 pages ISBN 9780117068759
Size 2.71Mb Price £90.00
(£108.00 inc. VAT)
Format PDF Format help (opens in new window) Published 25 Feb 2011
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