As per BRC packaging issue 6 clause 4.8.5:
"Where appropriate, based on risk, a microbiological environmental monitoring programme shall be in place"
Does this mean if we do a Risk Assessment and be able to highlight that the risk is low that we don't need to create a Microbiological Environmental Monitoring Programme? Is this possible to satisfy this clause?
Based on previous BRC threads there seems to have been some auditorial confusion regarding "swabbing necessity" for any of -
(a) food contact
(b) non-food contact
Assuming supported by risk assessment (and position statement), answers for a1, b1 seem to have been generally "not required". Offhand, based on previous BRC threads (relatively few) the answers for a2, b2 seem to have often been "required" but not 100% of the time.
For some examples see this Post and links within (and subsequent sub-links) -
PS - JFI analogous hassles erupted for SQF Packaging also. Some threads are mixed together.
Edited by Charles.C, 16 March 2021 - 04:31 PM.