Issue 3 of the BRC/IOP Global Standard for Packaging was published in January 2008 and from July 01 2008 (last Tuesday) all audits will be to issue 3 of the Standard.
So what are the key changes?
- The scope of the standard has been extended to include non-food packaging
- The categories based on risk level of the packaging have changed from A and B to 1, 2 and 3. Using the decision tree, hazard and risk analysis and review of customer base suppliers must determine which categories requirements apply
- Audit frequency is 12 months unless three or more non-conformities are identified in which case the next audit is six months (tough task)
- There are now 242 requirement clauses from 178 (not all applicable to lower risk categories 2 and 3)
- Best Practice Guidelines from issue 2 have been removed and have either become full requirements or taken out of the standard completely. An example of a best practice that has become a requirement is the need to test the traceability system at least annually
- Greater emphasis on Management Commitment 14 clauses from 6 now including requirements to demonstrate clear channels of communication, adequate provision of human and financial resource and a system for keeping up to date of legislation
- Management must ensure there is an effective system for closing nonconformities. If repeat nonconformities are identified then a major nonconformity will be raised for lack of management control
- New clauses on customer focus and contract review, site security, product design and development, in-line testing equipment and calibration
- Leader of the multidisciplinary Hazard and Risk Management team must be suitably trained in hazard analysis and risk management techniques
- Evaluators will be referred to as Auditors