BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials

The BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials is a food standard for manufacturers and suppliers of packaging used for retailer own branded products who have an obligation to implement appropriate systems and controls to ensure the suitability of their packaging for safe food and non-food use.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Institute of Packaging (now known as The Packaging Society) jointly developed this technical standard to assist retailers and food manufacturers in meeting their legal obligations. A key aim of this standard was to help in protecting the consumer by providing a common basis for the evaluation of companies supplying packaging for food products to retailers.

Importantly, it also provided a single common standard and protocol that would enable an external assessment to be undertaken by a competent third party organisation which was independent of both the food manufacturer and of the packaging manufacturer/supplier. LRQA holds accreditation from UKAS to ISO 17065:2012 which together with our expertise in the food safety sector means we are ideally placed to help those needing to comply with the BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials.

Since its publication in 2001, this packaging standard has become widely accepted and has become adopted by major retailers, manufacturers and packaging businesses around the world. LRQA assesses to version 5 of the packaging Standard published in July 2015.

Benefits of BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials

Customer satisfaction – a single comprehensive verification program enabling regular reporting to food retailers and other parties as agreed.

Best practice – assurance that systems in place are working to enable production of safe packaging.

Reduced costs – continual improvement of the quality, hygiene and product safety systems resulting on operations efficiencies.

Additional Modules for BRC Global Standards for Packaging

In addition to the core BRC Global Standards, LRQA can help you with a range of Additional Modules that can be added to the standard audit process.

Traded Goods Module – This module is applicable to packaging products and materials that are purchased and stored at the site prior to sale, and they are not manufactured, further processed or repacked at the site being audited. This Additional Module enables traded goods to be incorporated into the BRC Global Standards audit.

AuditOne™ Module – This initiative is driven by the Foundation For Strategic Sourcing (F4SS) and aims to develop a single set of quality standards and audit processes that establish a uniform harmonized standard for the industry, so that suppliers can have one audit that meets the requirements of their customers. LRQA has been approved to deliver certification to AuditOne™ across our technology platform powered by Greenfence.

The advantages of the Additional Modules include reduced audit costs as you can include requirements that otherwise would need a separate audit, and meeting geographic or customer needs by covering additional requirements to complement Issue 5.

For clients who want to adopt any of the Additional Modules, it is advised that they notify LRQA in advance of their BRC Global Standards audit.

Why choose LRQA for BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials?

Experience - We are a market leader in the provision of food safety assessment, certification and training services, and some of the world’s best known organisations choose us for their assessment services.

Proven track record - We have high-profile clients in the packaging, food, retail, logistics, storage and distribution sectors.

BRC Specialists - Our assessors are industry specialists and experts who are matched with your business needs, enabling an effective and robust assessment of your system.

What is BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials certification?

Packaging manufacturers and suppliers have for many years commissioned hygiene audits to both satisfy the ‘due diligence’ defence and to improve premises and practices. In addition, they may also have been subject to second party audits from customers.

Issue 5, the recent version of the BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials, was published in July 2015 and it was designed to help adopt good manufacturing practices and support quality management systems. It aims to help manufacturers develop and produce safe, legal packaging materials which meet the quality levels expected by both customers and consumers.

The certification visit includes inspection of your hazard and risk management system, technical management system to include quality and hygiene systems and factory standards, products, processes and personnel. The visit includes preparation of the Audit Report, which will be sent to you following approval, at which point you can issue to your customers to demonstrate your ability to meet the requirements of the Standard.

There are significant benefits in certification to the BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials. It helps reduce or eliminate multiple assessments with the additional benefits of reduction in disruption to the business associated paperwork and costs. Additional benefits include:

  • Single verification programme enabling regular reporting to food retailers and other parties as agreed
  • Comprehensive and focused on quality, legality and product safety
  • Addresses part of the ‘due diligence’ requirements of packaging manufacturer/ supplier; packer/filler and retailer
  • Regular surveillance visits help ensure continual improvement of the quality, hygiene and product safety system
  • A standardised reporting format gives information on how sites meet the requirements.