Packaging and packaging materials certifications

Last Tuesday we mentioned an important packaging consideration in the news-section: certifications of your packaging supplier. To keep the article concise we only briefly mentioned the different kinds of certifications. Because this very brief mention still left some questions unanswered, we will be continuing the packaging supplier certifications articles. Today we will be looking at a packaging & packaging material certification. Of course, every article will discuss a certification that’s relevant for the branch in which we operate: packaging.

Packaging and Packaging material certificates look at (and benchmark) the packaging materials used, the production environment & processes and many of the surrounding processes. Participating in this certification gives the company a standard that gives peace and confidence in his products. Partaking in a certification progress also helps streamline a company’s portfolio and structure.

 

BRC Global Standards

While there are several global packaging standards, the most well-known and globally accepted standard in Packaging & Food Safety is the BRC Global Standard. The BRC Global Standard certificate has a specific section for packaging and packaging materials. This standard is is used by over 3,500 suppliers in more than 80 different countries. LPF is proud to be one of these suppliers. Partaking in a BRC certification audit is no easy task but is definitely worth the effort. It gives a company a stamp of approval that it can use in external communications. Aside from communication it also improves a companies own capabilities:

“By improving product safety, the standard will also help you reduce waste, complaints, recalls and rejected products through a cycle of continuous improvement.” – BRC Global Standards

The BRC Global Standard works with six highly demanding sections, namely:

  • Senior Management Commitment
    Management personnel has to be fully aware of the BRC requirements, and has to be committed to it’s implementation.
  • Hazard and risk management system
    Based on the internationally recognised Codex Alimentarius system, an effective Hazard and Risk Analysis is mandatory.
  • Product safety and quality management
    Building upon the requirements of ISO 9000 (which we will be discussing tomorrow), BRC also sets requirements for technical management of product quality and hygiene practices.
  • Site standards
    Site standards entail expectations for the production environment, including the layout and maintenance of the buildings and equipment (cleaning/pest control/ waste management).
  • Product and process control
    Product design and development stage requirements look at quality assurance, process control and product testing/ inspection.
  • Personnel
    Last but not least, the BRC sets standards for staff training, protective clothing and personal hygiene when it comes to personnel.

Consequently, score well enough on each of these sections, and the BRC certificate is yours. Visit BRC’s certification overview to read more about the requirements and advantages. As you have probably realised by now, getting a BRC certificate is no easy-task. It requires constant self-evaluation from a company and it’s personnel. However, thanks to the global brand confidence it provides, a BRC certificate is the best packaging and packaging material certificate on the market and thus worth the challenge.