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Food Safety and Packaging - BRC-IOP


The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Institute of Packaging (IOP) together in consultation with a wide variety of retailers, food producers, trade associations and packaging companies have created a global food packaging standard which can be applied by manufacturers and converters of packaging used by the food industry. Originally developed in the UK, the standard is third party audited and acknowledged globally. It’s scope has recently been expanded to include medical, pharmaceutical and consumer goods packaging manufacturers.

The objective of the Global Packaging Standard is to establish conformity with management procedures and factory standards to be used by manufacturers of packaging and packaging material, domestically or imported directly via distributors or 3rd party agents.

It provides best practices in packaging material manufacturing and auditing, underpins ‘due diligence’ to users and sets quality and hygiene standards and takes the manufacturers to new heights. It encompasses all problem areas within packaging production. Retailers will require their contract packers to ensure all of their packaging manufacturers are certified and requires them to ensure that their suppliers are also up to an adequate standard. This “cascade” effect will ensure all packaging manufacturers, converters and suppliers have the same standard.

It also stipulates that all audit bodies must be accredited under the EN 45011 standard requirements.

The Standard is divided into three Categories, in consideration of the product supplied

Category 1 - Packaging that comes into direct contact with high-risk products
Category 2 - Packaging that comes into indirect contact with high-risk products
Category 3 - Packaging for low risk but must meet functional requirements

The Standard is based on both pre-requisites and risk assessment, it is prescriptive in many areas, specifies control of hygiene in every aspect of a production unit. The standard ensures consistent adherence to a specification. Defines and Covers high and low risk areas.

It helps in consumer protection by providing a common basis for auditing retailers, filling operations, printer-convertors and packaging material suppliers.

Our BRC-IOP certified products: Cyber XL Pac, Cyber Propac, Carte Lumina, Safire Graphik, Indobev and Indobarr.
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