BRC/IoP Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials

Joanna Griffiths Packaging Technical Manager BRC Global Standards

BRC Global Standards



Consumer Products

Storage & Distribution

Food Technical Standard published 2000 • GFSI launched by the Consumer Goods Forum 2001 2008 • Issue 1 of the Food Packaging Technical Standard published • Issue 3 incorporates non-Food packaging • Issue 4 of the Global Standard for Packaging published 2011 • Interpretation Guidelines available for packaging for the first time .Origin of the BRC Standards 1996 1998 • Brand owners inspect their own suppliers • Brand owners join to create a common standard for food • Issue 1.

2 % Packaging 2030 .9 % Submitted by > 100 Certification Bodies Food 15683 .84.BRC certificates by Standard (Sept 2012) Storage & Distribution 478 .6 % Consumer Products.2.3% .10. 418 – 2.

Packaging certificated sites by country (top ten – May 2012) Belgium Poland Spain Turkey Switzerland United Kingdom France Netherlands Italy Germany .

Why BRC Certification? Customer Mandate Global Recognition Risk Mitigation Quality Assurance Aiding Legislative Compliance .

third-party audited Global network of approx 100 CBs Crossover with ISO standards . by Packaging Quality as well as safety and hygiene (print. retained renewal Third party accreditation locally worldwide Independent.Benefits of the Standard • • • • • • • • • Standalone Standard Technical expertise Developed for Packaging. consistent growth. process control) Mature and well established – 2000 sites.

Issue 4 • Fundamental clauses • Grading system • Preparation and planning section .

Issue 4 • Fundamental clauses • Grading system • Preparation and planning section • Printed packaging material controls • Response to recent issues .

Principles of the Standard Senior Management Commitment Risk based system Quality management systems .

BRC and legal compliance Relevant Clauses • Awareness of legislative requirements in country of manufacture and use • Compliance with legal requirements • HARM system includes legal requirements .

a system should be in place to demonstrate good manufacturing practice – Quality assurance system – Quality control system – Documentation .Legislative Compliance Good Manufacturing Practice 2023/2006 • Not specific.

Summary • Compliance with GMP requirements depends on knowledge of industry • Compliance with the BRC/IOP Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials can aid and demonstrate compliance • Legislation is designed to minimise risk of current and future food safety issues arising from packaging .

GMP and the Standard Quality Management systems Site Standards Product and Process Control Personnel controls .

GMP – Quality Management Systems Quality manual Customer focus Internal auditing Supplier approval Documentation control Specifications Record keeping .

GMP – Site Standards External standards Building fabric Utilities Security Layout and product flow Equipment and Maintenance Housekeeping and cleaning .

GMP – Product & Process Control Product design and development Packaging Print Control In-line testing and measuring equipment Calibration Foreign body contamination control .

GMP – Personnel controls Training and competence Access and movement of personnel Personal hygiene Medical screening Protective clothing .

Typical Non-conformities • Site Standards – Temporary repairs – Pest-proofing – Cleaning schedules – General conditions • Hazard and Risk Management System – Process flow diagram – Identifying hazards .

Typical Non-conformities • Foreign Body Control – Glass and brittle plastic control – Chemical controls • Specifications – Declaration of compliance .

Relevance of the Standards • A recent survey by the BRC shows: – 103 – the number of countries with sites – Italy is the largest market outside of UK in EU – 91% of sites see value in BRC certification – 67% find that certification brings new customers. and use this in marketing – Sites see the Directory as a valuable way to secure new customers .

Supply chain security .

Key features of the BRC Global Standards programme • • • • Third party accredited programme Retailer led – Expert influenced International stakeholder consultation Suite of training programmes targeted to all stakeholders • Centrally controlled compliance program • Central database of audited manufacturers .

” . with a better application to packaging materials and not specifically food manufacturers” Reflecting realistic requirements for the industry “maintain the user friendliness of the BRC Standard. Maintain the integrity of the Standard. is practical in use” “Continuous improvement of the Standard.Global Standards “The Standard has evolved well.

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Future Objectives • Standard of Choice • User friendly – prompt communication and issue resolution • Most appropriate to market requirements • Content • Simple certification process • Trusted • Management of Certification Bodies and auditors • GFSI benchmarking • Opening up new global markets committed to the use of GFSI Standards .

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