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BRCGS Packaging and Packaging Materials

The Global Standard for Packaging Materials was designed to protect the consumer by providing a common basis for the certification of companies supplying packaging to food producers. The Standard reflects the latest thinking in product safety, and has now attained usage worldwide, not only by food packaging producers, but by producers of packaging for all applications at all levels of the supply chain.

Certification against the Standard is recognised by many brand owners, retailers, food service companies and manufacturers around the world when assessing the capabilities of their supplier, created to promote consistency across the supply chain by ensuring delivery of safe food to consumers.

Key Benefits

Globally Recognised

The first packaging scheme to be recognised by GFSI and often accepted or specified by leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations worldwide.

Drives Confidence

By improving product safety, the Standard helps reduce waste, complaints, recalls and rejected products through a cycle of continuous improvement.

Reduced Audit Burden

Global recognition of the Standard by your customers reduces the need for duplicate audits.

About the Standard

The BRCGS Packaging Materials Standard provides a robust framework for all types of packaging manufacturer to assist them in the production of safe packaging materials and to manage product quality to meet customers’ requirements, while maintaining legal compliance.

The Standard has been developed to specify the product safety, quality and operational criteria that must be in place within a packaging manufacturing organisation in order for it to fulfil its obligations with regard to legal compliance and protection of the consumer.
Who is the Standard for?

BRCGS Packaging Materials reflects the latest thinking in product safety, and has now attained usage worldwide, not only by food packaging producers, but by producers of packaging for all applications at all levels of the supply chain.

Manufacturing Categories

Issue 6 of the Standard is divided into eight manufacturing categories:

  • Glass manufacture and forming
  • Papermaking and conversion
  • Metal forming
  • Rigid plastics forming
  • Flexible plastics manufacture
  • Other manufacturing
  • Print processes
  • Chemical processes

 

Sections of the Standard

1. Senior Management Commitment

For any packaging quality management system to be effective it’s essential that management personnel are fully aware of the requirements and are committed to the implementation.

2. Hazard and Risk Management System

The basis for the programme is an effective hazard and risk analysis based on the principles from the internationally recognised Codex Alimentarius system and encompasses hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP).

3. Product Safety and Quality Management

Sets out requirements for the technical management of product quality and hygiene practices, building upon the principles of ISO 9000. This includes requirements for product specifications, supplier monitoring, traceability, and the management of incidents and product recalls.

4. Site Standards

Sets out expectations for the production environment including the layout and maintenance of the buildings and equipment, cleaning, pest control and waste management. This includes a specific section on managing foreign body and chemical controls.

5. Product and Process Control

The requirements at the product design and development stage including quality assurance, process control and product inspection and testing.

6. Personnel

The standards needed for staff training, protective clothing and personal hygiene.

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