The common theme in all standards is the need to risk assess your process in order to identify the necessary control measures. Achieving BRC Certification against the relevant BRC standard not only allows companies demonstrate due diligence, it also opens business opportunities with the most powerful sector in the supply chain, the retailer. The first step to achieving certification is to learn and understand your relevant standard. Culture assesses the level of shared knowledge amongst a group of people so that all the hazards in the business are understood and control measures established to reduce the Risk. Issue 6 also attempts to simplify the hygiene requirements based on Risk. For this objective to be successful, packaging personnel must understand how to calculate Risk and know when risk is acceptable or unacceptable.
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Certified sites will have to implement some essential changes that we summarized in the following. Changes to the Protocol Removing the second hygiene category In Issue 5 there were two categories of requirements, depending on the intended use of the packaging material — high hygiene and basic hygiene. Removing the two-category system simplifies the use of the new standard. The differing hygiene levels will be replaced by a risk-based approach, based on only one set of requirements.
The last one divided the audit requirements into two separate audits, the first one unannounced and the second one announced. Reflecting that the full unannounced audit option is generally preferred because it gives extra confidence to specifiers, Issue 6 will be in line with Issue 8 of the Food Standard by removing the split unannounced audit option.
Unannounced audits remain optional. Changes to the Requirements Corrective and preventive action: fundamental clause The new version of the standard integrates specific requirements on corrective and preventive action CAPA related to root cause analysis into a structured continuous improvement approach. This way the root cause analysis is assembled in one paragraph, in line with Issue 8 of the Food Standard, emphasizing the importance of addressing issues with the intent to remove the risk of reoccurrence and supporting continuous improvement.
This is a fundamental clause, which means that sites that have not implemented this clause cannot be certified. Emphasis on product quality BRCGS Packaging Materials is not just a hygiene standard — its scope covers both product safety as well as product quality.
Issue 6 places even more emphasis on product quality and clearly distinguishes between safety and quality. In the hazard and risk analysis HARA , Issue 6 separates hazards into product safety and quality defects to improve control measures necessary to prevent, eliminate or reduce each product quality hazard to acceptable levels 2.
Product safety and quality culture Issue 6 emphasises the importance of the culture at a site. It does so by introducing a new clause 1. The clause requires sites to set up, execute and review an action plan to improve product safety and quality culture. This does not imply that the auditor will assess the culture of the organization, but rather that s he examines the efforts made to document the status of the organisational culture and the steps that are put in place to improve it.
The auditor will start assessing this requirement from February 1, Here you can download the new standard. With smooth audit planning, experienced auditors and in-depth audit reports, we will accompany you throughout the entire certification process.
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What’s new? BRCGS Packaging Materials – Issue 6
The node will be published. You can add a revision message if you want to. Change to BRC Global Standard for Consumer Products; Issue 4; November Certification of the Global Standard for Consumer Products Incentive Product safety within the value added chain in the consumer goods production industry is becoming more and more important and is an essential component in the standards demanded by customers of the manufacturers of all kinds of consumer goods. Manufacturers of consumer goods who introduce the standard and then go through the certification process receive support with the necessary measures to ensure product safety, quality and legal conformity. The duty of care is fulfilled by running an efficient hygiene management system and adhering to Good Manufacturing Practice GMP. This results in the control of contamination risks and a supply of safe products for retailers and consumers. Version 4, which comes into use from 1 May as the basis for certification, includes the following new updates: 1.
BRC Global Standards for Packaging Materials – Issue 6