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GFSI Recognized Standards for Packaging Companies (BRC,FSSC 22000, IFS and SQF)

The demand for novel packaging materials and technologies from the food, pharma, and cosmetics manufacturing companies is unprecedented in the twenty-first century. This, in turn, poses challenges to the manufacturers of packaging and packaging materials to not only assure the safety of their materials but also demonstrate consistency in the quality of products through the implementation of reliable quality systems. Third-party certification provides such assurance.

It is becoming a business requirement for the manufacturers of packaging materials to implement a quality management system.

We provide the following technical services to the packaging materials manufacturing industry.

Why GFSI (BRC, FSSC 22000, IFS, and SQF) Certification

  • GFSI certification for any facility is necessary to assure their customers that the facility can produce products or services with consistent quality
  • GFSI certification is helpful in streamlining all the processes in to a single Food safety management system
  • GFSI packaging certification brings in continual improvement in any organization
  • GFSI packaging certification elevates any facility to be a global level company
  • GFSI packaging certification is required as a good marketing tool
  • GFSI packaging certification is required to reap many benefits like process control, monitoring and measurement of process outputs, control of products and services from providers etc.
  • GFSI packaging standards pave the way for building food safety for any product or service by utilizing relevant standard
  • GFSI packaging standards’ defined management systems is an effective monitoring tool for all operations within the facility and hence could be one of the best management tool
  • GFSI packaging certification is required for global acceptance of all goods or services from a facility
  • GFSI packaging certification encompasses all activities under each facility and takes in to account all issues and concerns of all interested parties

Who Should Get GFSI (BRC, FSSC 22000, IFS and SQF)Packaging Standard Certified:

Who Should Get GFSI Packaging Standard Certified
  • All facilities who require acceptance by the customers for consistency and continuity in food safety for their packaging
  • All facilities who want to avoid audit by regulatory authorities for food safety for their packaging
  • All facilities who require a comprehensive management system whose efficacy can be tested should get food safety for their packaging certified.
  • Facilities requiring global acceptance for their products and services and food safety for their packaging
  • Facilities requiring to provide confidence to customers regarding consistency in food safety for their packaging, their goods and services should get their packaging food safety certified to GFSI recognized standards
  • Any facility small, big or huge corporation are all treated equal for GFSI certifications hence any facility can get certified in food safety for their packaging
  • Any facility who wants to be system dependent instead of being dependent on few experienced individuals must get for their packaging food safety certified
  • Any facility getting certified to the GFSI standard relevant to them increases their market share by improving their acceptability. Hence should get for their packaging food safety certified
  • Any facility requiring disciplined approach for their processes, have methods for monitoring and measurement of processes, control on goods and services incoming and control on goods and services being provided should get for their packaging food safety certified
  • Any facility seeking continual improvement should get certified, since GFSI provides for a system of continual improvement in food safety for their packaging
  • Any facility requiring control on nonconformities, consequent corrective and preventive actions should get for their packaging food safety certified
  • In short, any facility requiring to get rid of food safety problems, procurement problems and food safety control problems should get for their packaging food safety certified

Consulting, Auditing and Training for Different Standards GFSI (BRC, FSSC 22000, IFS and SQF) for Packaging:

QSE’s experts help you implement and successfully achieve certification to the following GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) standard for the manufacturers of all kinds of packaging materials for the food industry…

  • BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials, Issue 6
  • Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) Standard, Ver. 5.1
  • Safe Quality Food (SQF) Code for Packaging, Ed.9
  • IFS PACsecure, Version 2

The consulting services include, developing and documenting customized procedures, product safety plans, training of staff, internal auditing, gap analysis, preparing for final certification and assist in the maintenance of certification. You can choose the complete package or the required service.

  1. BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials: The Standard provides a framework for packaging manufacturers to assist them in the production of safe packaging materials and to manage product quality to meet customers’ requirements. Certification against the Standard is recognized by many brand owners, retailers, food service companies and manufacturers around the world when assessing the capabilities of their suppliers. The Standard has been developed to specify the product safety, quality and operational criteria that must be in place within a packaging manufacturing organization to fulfill its obligations about legal compliance and protection of the consumer.
  2. Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) Standard, Ver. 5.1: The FSSC 22000 certification Ver. 5.1 is based on the universally accepted ISO 9001 framework and therefore, much easier to implement and integrate with the ISO systems. The FSSC 22000 standard consists of three important standards, namely, ISO 22000:2018, ISO 22002-4 (Pre-Requisite Program specific to the packaging manufacturing industry and FSSC 22000 specific requirements. It includes the following IAF (International Accreditation Forum) ID1 sector codes
    6: Wood and wood products (combined with ISO 22002-4)
    7: Pulp, paper and paper products (combined with ISO 22002-4)
    14: Rubber and plastic products (combined with ISO 22002-4)
    17: Basic metals and fabricated metal products (combined with ISO 22002-
  3. Safe Quality Food (SQF) Code for Packaging, Ed.9: The SQF Code is a site-specific, process and product certification standard with an emphasis on the systematic application of CODEX Alimentarius Commission HACCP principles and guidelines for control of food safety and food quality hazards. The SQF Code for Packaging outlines a separate set of requirements to achieve safety of a variety of packaging materials.
  4. International Featured Standard (IFS) PAC secure Standard version 2: PAC secure standard was created to provide packaging manufacturers and converters the ability to certify primary and secondary packaging materials for the food industry. However, the IFS PAC secure Standard is applicable to all kinds of packaging materials. Developed by a technical working group made up of some of North America’s largest global packaging and food manufacturers, the Standard is now managed by a joint effort of the PAC (Packaging Association of Canada, now Packaging Consortium) through their technical expertise and know-how in the packaging industry and IFS and its global network of food safety and quality standards infrastructure.

QSE’s experts, who also worked in the sub-committees of some of the GFSI standards, are able to effectively interpret the requirements of the standard and guide you in the implementation process.

Pharmaceutical Packaging Standard Consulting: (Not GFSI—ISO 15378)

Manufacturers of pharmaceutical products and medical devices require their suppliers of packaging materials (such as glass, rubber, plastics, aluminum containers/components, films, foils, and laminate containers) to comply with safety and reliability requirements. The referenced standard, ISO 15378 integrates quality management systems (QMS) and good manufacturing practice (GMP) specific to the pharma and medical devices in their production processes.

QSE has  experienced pharmaceutical ISO 15378 professionals to assist the packaging manufacturers that supply packaging materials to the pharmaceutical industry in the implementation of ISO 15378:2017 GMP Requirements for Primary Packaging Materials for Medicinal Products.

Regulatory Compliance Related to Packaging Materials (Part of GFSI)

Our experts have years of experience in the regulation of food, pharma, and dietary supplement products and have in-depth knowledge of the regulations related to packaging materials used by the food, pharma, and dietary supplements. We can provide expert technical guidance on the packaging materials regulations applicable to the food, pharma, and dietary supplement products in the U.S.A, Canada, and Europe.

If you need technical support and guidance related to packaging material regulations, please ask for further details.

HACCP for Packaging Materials: (part of GFSI)

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) approach to packaging materials is very different from the HACCP approach to food products. Our packaging experts can help you prepare customized HACCP plans that are a prelude to the implementation of certifiable Packaging Materials standards. The HACCP approach requires a 12-step approach to identify the hazards, assess them for significance and develop control measures to eliminate, mitigate and reduce the identified hazards.

QSE has years of expertise in helping clients to develop and implement the HACCP plans for the packaging industry.

GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) 301 Standard (not GFSI)

This Standard is part of the set of GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards). These Standards are designed to be used by organizations to report about their impacts on the economy, the environment, and society.

GRI helps businesses and governments worldwide understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance, and social well-being. This enables real action to create social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards are developed with true multi-stakeholder contributions and rooted in the public interest.

QSE is able to interpret and help you in the reporting of the GRI standards, 200, 300 and 400.

Sustainability Forestry Initiative (SFI Standards): (not GFSI)

This initiative enables responsible forest management and continues to support robust economies to provide an economic incentive for communities and private landowners to keep forests as forests. It The standards help economic units such as paper manufacturers to responsibly manage productive forests, complementing landscapes managed for conservation; providing clean air, fresh water, and habitat; and supporting sustainable forest-resource- based communities.

Packaging material manufacturers, particularly paper-based are increasingly expected to demonstrate sustainable initiatives.

QSE is able to assist companies in the implementation of SFI’s sustainable standards such as Fiber sourcing standard, chain of custody standard.

Packaging Food Safety GFSI (BRC, FSSC 22000, IFS, and SQF) Training

QSE also provides on-site training on the following.

  • How to effectively implement FSSC 22000 Standard Ver. 5.1 – Two-day training
  • Implementation of SQF Packaging Code Ed.9 – Two-day training
  • Implementation of PAC secure Standard Version 2- Two-day training
  • How to effectively implement ISO 15378 standard in your organization? – Two-day training
  • HACCP for Packaging Material Manufacturers- Two-day training
  • Internal Auditing against Packaging Standards Requirements- Two day
  • FDA Regulation for Packaging Materials- One-day training

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