FOOD PACKAGING MATERIALS
BRCGS for FOOD 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.
Originally developed and published in 2001, 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 has been updated at regular intervals since, to reflect 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.
The Standard now 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. 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 suppliers. In response to demand, the Standard has been translated into many languages to facilitate implementation by packaging materials companies across the world.
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. The format is designed to allow a company’s premises, operational systems and procedures to be assessed against the requirements of the Standard by a competent third party – the certification body.
BRCGS STANDARD CONSISTS OF SIX SECTIONS:
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.
The standards needed for staff training, protective clothing and personal hygiene.
BENEFITS OF BRCGS PACKAGING MATERIALS STANDARD
- GLOBALLY RECOGNISED The Global Standard for Packaging Materials is the first GFSI packaging scheme to be benchmarked, and is often accepted or specified by leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations worldwide.
- BRAND AND CUSTOMER CONFIDENCE Whether you’re an established global supplier of packaging materials or based in an emerging market, the Standard will help ensure your customers have confidence in your products.
By improving product safety, the Standard will also help you reduce waste, complaints, recalls and rejected products through a cycle of continuous improvement.
Many retailers, brand owners, raw material processors and packaging manufacturers around the world support the use of the Standard and accept it as part of their supplier approval processes.
- WORLDWIDE EXPERTISE All our audits are carried out by a global network of highly-trained auditors.
- ACHIEVABLE AND CHALLENGING Developed by packaging industry experts, the Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials is challenging yet achievable, and is designed to improve the supply chain through a cycle of continuous improvement.
- SUPPORT We have an established, highly experienced technical team that provides support and is available to answer any technical questions.