Packaging

Packaging

Certified protection, convenience, and control to keep food safe and sound.

BRC PackagingIFS PACsecureFSSC 22000EN 15593

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BRC Packaging

BRC packaging is designed for manufacturers of packaging who supply components or ready-made packaging for the packaging of foodstuffs, as well as their suppliers, In addition, a BRC certificate is recommended for any suppliers of packaging materials to Great Britain who have been requested by the local retail chains to provide that kind of evidence.

A major portion of all foodstuffs sold in Great Britain is retailer branded. In order to meet their legal obligations, retailers are required to monitor their suppliers, and to demonstrate their own “due diligence“ when placing food on the market. That also includes the manufacturers of food packaging, who need to demonstrate fulfillment of the requirements of BRC Packaging.

Benefits for your organization
  • Improved confidence among retailers and the buyers of packaging materials in the safety, quality, and legality of the product
  • Increased product safety and less risk of product liability
  • Safe and efficient process flows in the interest of packaging material safety, in order to quickly identify and control risks with respect to hygiene, quality, and health hazards for consumers, and to specify effective preventive measures
  • Access to the British food market
BRC Packaging issue 6, What's new?

The anticipated release of the new BRC Global Standard for Packaging – Issue 6 will be August 2019 – and it is not just the name that will be subject to a change. In the following, we will present you a summary of the proposed changes, stated in the Draft Version that is now under revision.

The new BRC Global Standard for Packaging – Issue 6 includes six major changes: two key changes concerning the protocol and four key changes regarding the requirements of the former Packaging and Packaging materials – Issue 5 certification. While reading please keep in mind that the requirements and protocol are still subject to change.

Read more about changes: https://dqs-cfs.com/2019/01/whats-new-brc-global-standard-for-packaging-issue-6/

Timeline

After the estimated publication of the new BRC Packaging Standard – Issue 6 in August 2019, there is a transition period of six months. The use of Issue 6 is compulsory for all certification audits taking place from February 2020 onwards. Prior to that date, it is not possible to be certified according to the new version.

As one of the leading certification bodies for management systems and sustainability standards, DQS is your natural partner for BRC Packaging 6 certification. With smooth audit planning, experienced auditors and in-depth audit reports, we will accompany you throughout the entire certification process.

DQS, with more than 30 years expertise, supports their clients in:

  • webinars
  • Seminars and training
  • Gap audits

To receive individual information about BRC Packaging, please contact our office.

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IFS PACsecure

IFS PACsecure is a quality standard that applies to all forms of primary and secondary packaging materials.

The objectives of the IFS PACsecure are to provide food safety for packaging materials guidelines and to establish a common standard with a uniform evaluation system. DQS CFS is an accredited certification body for IFS PACsecure and has qualified auditors across the globe.

The IFS PACsecure standard covers both flexible and rigid plastics, paper, metal, glass, and other packaging materials.

Benefits:

  • Improved confidence of consumers and retailers
  • Evidence that due diligence is used in respect of product safety, quality, and legality
  • Less risk of product liability through demonstrated fulfillment of product safety obligations
  • internationally recognized certificates

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Food Safety System Certification 22000

Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) is a robust, ISO-based, internationally accepted certification scheme for auditing and certification of food safety in the whole supply chain. FSSC 22000 uses the existing standards ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and technical specifications for sector PRPs, which were developed through wide and open consultation with a large number of related organizations. ISO 22000 certified manufacturers can obtain full GFSI accepted FSSC 22000 certification by meeting the requirements of technical specifications for sector PRPs and the additional scheme requirements.

Overview of FSSC 22000 framework
Benefits for you organisation
  • ISO-based supply chain approach
  • GFSI accepted
  • Use of existing, independent, inter­national standards
  • ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and technical specifications for sector PRPs
  • ISO/IEC 17021 accreditation (system & process approach)
  • Wide scope: food manufacturing (slaughtering and pet food included)
  • Stakeholder approval & commitment (industry, retailers, NGOs)
  • In-depth and rigorous food safety audits
  • Independent scheme management
  • Transparency
Changes in FSSC Version 5

In the new version 5, there is an optional quality management module, which includes all the integrable elements of ISO 9001 into the FSSC 22000 certification. This way it is possible to combine a Food Safety Management Certification with a Quality Management Certification.
FSSC 22000 is applicable for the following branches: food manufacturing, food packaging manufacturing, animal feed production, farming as well as transport and storage, catering and retail and wholesale. GFSI benchmark is valid for food manufacturing (C), animal feed production (D), transport and storage (G), food packaging manufacturing (I) and biochemicals (K). Read more

Timeline

On June 3, FSSC 22000 published Version 5 of its certification scheme. One big reason for the revision is the publication of the standard ISO 22000: 2018 last summer, which is used as a basis for the GFSI benchmarked certification scheme. The new version includes mainly structural changes.

Audits against the FSSC 22000 Scheme requirements V4.1 are only allowed until December 31st of 2019. Upgrade audits against FSSC 22000 Scheme requirements V5 shall be conducted between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020. Under extraordinary circumstances, the V5 upgrade audit can be postponed to 2021, but this process shall be completed in accordance with the FSSC scheme requirements and before June 29. After that date, V4.1 certificates will expire and the organization will need to start over with the certification process as per ISO 17021 to re-gain certification.

DQS Group is one of the leading certification bodies for management systems and sustainability standards and your natural partner for FSSC 22000 certification. With smooth audit planning, experienced auditors and in-depth audit reports, we will accompany you throughout the entire certification process.

DQS, with more than 30 years of expertise, supports their clients in:

  • webinars
  • Seminars and training
  • Gap audits

To receive individual information about FSSC 22000, please contact our office.

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EN 15593: Standard for Food Packaging

EN 15593 is an internationally recognized standard for hygiene management in the food packaging industry. It specifies requirements for manufacturers and suppliers of food packaging, including storage and transportation.

The standard is based upon the principles of hazard analysis and risk assessment, and specifies appropriate levels of control points and measures for each stage in the manufacturing process. The requirements are formulated in such a way that they can be easily integrated into management systems such as ISO 9001 and ISO 22000, but the guidelines can also be used as an independent hygiene management system.

EN 15593 was introduced in 2008 as the European alternative to the BRC/IoP standard and has already gained widespread acceptance in Europe. Its focus is primarily upon first-level packaging, but it can also be applied to other packaging components and to suppliers of packaging manufacturers.

Benefits:

  • Reduced Liability risks
  • Confirms effectiveness of the hygiene management system
  • Protects consumers
  • Meets the expectations of the food industry and increases confidence among the buyers of packaging materials

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