BRCGS Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials

The BRCGS Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials helps packaging organizations provide safe and suitable packaging and packaging materials to the appropriate hygiene standard for food as well as for non-food applications.

By using a hazard and risk-based approach that addresses site hygiene standards, printed packaging controls, product inspection and the control of foreign bodies, certified organizations and their customers can be confident that their packaging is fit for purpose and will not be a potential contamination risk. The six core requirements cover:

  • senior management commitment
  • hazard and risk management
  • product safety and quality management
  • site standards
  • product and process control
  • personnel

The requirements are specially focused on the unique packaging material manufacturing technologies for glass manufacture and forming, papermaking and conversion, metal forming, rigid plastics forming, flexible plastics manufacture as well as other manufacturing and print and chemical processes.

Why choose the BRCGS packaging standard?


  • Globally recognized and GFSI benchmarked
  • Recognized by retailers around the world, reducing the burden of multiple audits
  • Reduced product recalls, complaints and rejected products
  • Increases customer confidence, opening new market opportunities
  • Clearly defined risk-based requirements

Who should use BRCGS Packaging and Packaging Materials?

The standard was created to support the needs of manufacturers of packaging and packaging materials for 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)

The journey to certification

Whether you’re more concerned about meeting the requirements of your customers or protecting consumers, certifying to the BRCGS Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials can drive meaningful change in your organization. From information to certification, no matter how far along you are, BSI can support your journey. Want to know more about the requirements of the standard, the steps to certification or how BSI is here to help?

Why BSI?

The food industry impacts every person on the planet. Though what the world’s population may eat may differ depending on the geography, wealth, age, gender and availability of goods, no other sector plays such a vital role in all of our day-today lives and culture. Economically, food represents 10% of global GDP (valued at US$48 trillion by the World Bank).

But the food sector also faces significant challenges. Each year, food-borne illness makes one in ten people ill and is the cause of death for millions around the world. Population growth projections and an increasing middle class suggest that the demand for food will increase 70% by 2050. And, consumers are increasingly conscious about what goes into their food, how it’s made, its impact on ecosystems and where it comes from.

BSI believes the world deserves food that is safe, sustainable and socially responsible. We support the food sector by developing and publishing standards of best practice, supply chain solutions as well as training and certification to not only the most popular food safety standards, but other business improvement standards that work together to make organizations more resilient.

Working in 193 countries, we pride ourselves on the expertise, integrity and professionalism of our people. Our mission is to help our 84,000 clients, ranging from high-profile global brands to small local companies, survive and prosper in today’s world.