BRCGS has announced the publication of the sixth issue of its Packaging Standard, which will provide a robust framework for all types of packaging manufacturers to assist them in the production of safe packaging materials and to better manage product quality to meet customers’ requirements, while maintaining legal compliance.
The Standard has been developed to specify the product safety, quality and operational criteria that must be in place within a packaging manufacturing organisation in order for it to fulfill its obligations with regard to legal compliance and protection of the consumer.
What’s new for Issue 6?
The development of Issue 6 followed a wide consultation to understand stakeholders’ requirements. A review of emerging issues was also carried out in the packaging industry and the industries it supplies. The information has been developed and reviewed by a working group composed of international stakeholders representing different sectors of the packaging material manufacturing industry, retailers, brand owners, food service companies, certification bodies, trade associations and independent technical experts.
The following are the key features remain integral to the Standard:
- Meeting the needs of retailers and brand owners to reduce the audit burden
- Better recognition of the diversity of the packaging industry and its customers’ demands
- Encouraging greater transparency, traceability and product defence in the supply chain
- Encouraging adoption of the Standard as a means of improving product safety at small sites and facilities where processes are still in development.