Published: 1 July 2015
Author: The British Retail Consortium
Publisher: The British Retail Consortium
The BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5 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.
The BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials now has more than 3,000 certificated sites in over 80 countries across the world.
Issue 5 was published in July 2015, and the requirements are an evolution from previous issues. There continues to be an emphasis on management commitment, a hazard and risk-analysis based product safety programme and a supporting quality management system. The objective has been to direct the focus of the audit towards the implementation of good manufacturing practices within the production areas while recognising the diversity and breadth of the packaging industry, and the skills required to audit it.
It is a requirement that all suppliers undergoing a BRC audit to the BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5 have access to an official copy of this Standard.