Afaik, a manufacturing facility audit can only obtain a certification for a nominated product based on activities encountered at the time of the audit although there may be some generic auditorial flexibility, eg satisfactory evaluation of a breaded shrimp line might enable certification to a "Category" of “breaded seafood products”. However IM(food)EX, at least one production activity commensurate with a generic “category” must be available for evaluation/certification to such Category.
In other words it seems to me not possible to be certified for a given Category without exhibiting for audit an associated Process/Product Specification/HACCP Plan/Records.
I infer that Basic Hygiene (BH) and High Hygiene (HH) would correspond to two Categories in the context of above text.
As a corollary, it seems to me that an audited packaging facility which desires to have a current product certified as usable for direct-contact, ie to the BRC HH Standard/Category, must be able to validate, inter alia the complete HH Standard’s Clauses, that the input items used in the product fabrication are compliant with the requirements for a direct-contact application (presumably defined by the Product Specification).
Consequently, my basic query is whether the inputs for a product which is currently intended only for non-direct food contact are usually the same as if for direct-contact (I anticipate not) ?. If yes I can appreciate that a certification for HH should be feasible, and if otherwise, IMO, presumably not (for the specific item under discussion) ?.
Is the above a correct interpretation/not (for say cartons/labels) ? Or is some kind of “middle path” available ?
Thanks for any thoughts.
PS - 2 older threads partially overlap this query but don't really answer the same question -