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BRC Packaging – Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials


The global standard for packaging and packaging materials places control of hygiene and product safety for manufacturers of packaging materials in the centre of interest and was originally published by the British Institute of Packaging. The current version puts the audit focus on the implementation and execution of good manufacturing practise in the production areas. All over the world the standard thus serves to offer support in production of safe packaging materials.

According to the definitions of the Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs, packaging materials include both wrapping (placing of a foodstuff in a wrapper or container in direct contact with the foodstuff concerned, and the wrapper or container itself) and packaging. Defined in Reg 1935/2004 (Materials in direct contact with food) and in Reg 10/2011 (plastic materials in food contact).

The BRC packaging audits are aimed at reviewing the hygiene and technical requirements when manufacturing food packaging materials in order to optimise their safety and hygiene.

  1. implementing the requirements in order to identify health risks emanating from food packaging materials, assess the significance of these risks and control them
  2. supporting the producers in meeting the organization’s legal requirements relating to their due care by ensuring due diligence among the suppliers of packaging materials
  3. the fact that quality and hygiene standards enable manufacturers to work on a high level
  4. making compliance with the legal requirements demonstrable
  1. all manufacturers of packaging materials used in foodprocessing and cosmetics, toiletries and other consumer products and materials
  2. all manufacturers that need to demonstrate to their customers that they meet the requirements placed on safety of the packaging materials and thus also on product safety, quality and legality
  3. suppliers looking for access to the British food market

The contents of the global standard for packaging and packaging materials focus on hygiene and product safety. Besides, there are specifications for Certification Bodies and clear requirements relating to the qualification of auditors. The global standard for packaging and packaging materials makes a distinction between two packaging categories while considering the hygiene standards according to which the packaging materials are manufactured.

There are three categories of nonconformities: critical, major and minor. The audit is aimed at giving a true picture of the degree of conformity of the operating site. What is specific for the global standard is the fact that the company will get an action plan. All the nonconformities will have to be eliminated within 28 days. At rating, there are no different classifications. If the audit result is good the next audit will take place in 12 months. If there have been found three or more nonconformities, the next audit will take place in six months. Basically organizations will be reviewed for implementation of requirements similarly to ISO 9000, hazard and risk management, the technical management system, the work environment, impurity control and personnel hygiene.

Since February 2006, Quality Austria - Trainings, Zertifizierungs und Begutachtungs GmbH has been accredited for certifications based on the BRC/IoP Standard acc. to ÖNORM EN ISO/TS 17065 by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Enconomy and has thus been registered as an Austrian certification body by the British Retail Consortium BRC.

ISO 9001, ISO 22000, IFS, BRC Food, CAC/RCP 1-1969 (Rev. 4 - 2003), IFS Logistic, EN 15593, EN ISO 15378, FEFCO GMP, regulation (EG) Nr. 1935/2004, regulation (EG) Nr. 2023/2006


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Mr. Wolfgang Leger-Hillebrand

Executive Vice President Sector Management Food Safety

Mr. Dr. Johannes Bergmair

Network partner, Product Expert Packaging