BRC Packaging- BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials (Issue 5)

Food packaging and packaging materials

The BRC (commonly referred to as The British Retail Consortium, although BRC accurately stands for brand reputation compliance) Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials helps packaging organizations deliver products that help support the delivery of safe, hygienic food. By using a hazard and risk-based approach that addresses site cleanliness standards, printed packaging controls, product inspection and the control of foreign bodies, certified organizations and their customers can be confident in the resulting in the quality management system. The BRC Packaging Standard is the first packaging Standard in the world to be recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).


What is the scope of a BRC Packaging Audit and what are the requirements to achieve BRC Certification?

The BRC Global Standard for Packaging covers core manufacturing technologies including:

  •  Glass manufacture and forming
  • Papermaking and conversion
  • Metal forming
  • Rigid plastics forming
  • Flexible plastics manufacture
  • Other manufacturing
  • Print processes
  • Chemical processes

For information on achieving the requirements of BRC Packaging certification, contact one of our BRC experts.


Who should certify to BRC Packaging and Packaging Materials?

The standard was created to support the needs of manufacturers of packaging and packaging materials for both food and non-food applications. This includes organizations that:

  • Manufacture raw materials for use in packaging
  • Produce packaging materials for conversion or printing
  • Supply materials from stock where additional processing or restocking occurs
  • Manufacture both packaging and consumer disposable goods (e.g. paper plates)