Brc/iop introduction

Brc/iop packaging standards are standards for reviewing food packaging suppliers developed by British Retail Consortium and the packaging society. Brc/iop packaging material certification is widely accepted by European and American retailers, besides being recognized by British retailers: Aldi; Asda; boots; coop wholesale (CWS); lceland; kwiksave; Littlewoods; Morrisons; netto; Safeway; Sainsbury; somerfield; spar; Tesco; Waitrose; Wal Mart etc

Brc/iop packaging material standard requirements include

– commitment and continuous improvement by top management;

– hazard and risk management system;

Product safety and quality management system;

Factory standards;

Product and process control;


Benefits of brc/iop standards

Single standards and rules that allow third-party certification bodies to comply with European standard EN45011 to conduct audits;

A single inspection process can be performed by the manufacturer or supplier at a mutually agreed inspection frequency, allowing the manufacturer and supplier to report their status to the approved food retailer and other organizations;

The standard covers a wide range of areas, including quality, health, product safety and other packaging industries;

The standard specifies the “proper care” requirements for packaging manufacturers / suppliers, packers / chargers and retailers. Packaging manufacturers can also use standards to ensure that their suppliers comply with good hygiene practices and improve the “proper care” chain;

The relevant standards stipulate that the supervision shall be carried out at any time and the unqualified items that do not meet the standards shall be corrected to ensure the establishment of self-improvement quality, health and product safety system.

Benefits of BRC certification

Implement logical process control to effectively reduce costs – reduce audit times, guide more consistent and effective operations;

Increase competitive advantage, especially in view of the current situation with high concern for product safety, and increase sales opportunities;

Provide good operation specifications, and have certain defense and solution ability when problems occur in the enterprise;

Help the enterprise establish, maintain and implement the business code required by the business, and help the company to improve continuously;

Help establish regulatory framework to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and update them in time;

Enhance the prestige and reputation of the same industry;

Help enterprises and partners to establish long-term cooperation relationship;

Building international credibility and increasing trade opportunities in new countries and regions;

Provide a global network platform, which can be viewed by leading retailers and customers around the world.

BRC British Retail Consortium is an important international trade association. Its members include large multinational chain retail enterprises, department stores, urban stores, online stores and other retailers, involving a wide range of products. Retailers are obliged to provide consumers with safe and legal products. Therefore, they must take all reasonable preventive measures and make every effort to avoid any mistakes in the process of product development, production, distribution, promotion and sales.

For retailers’ own brand products, this obligation includes several aspects of work. One of them is to examine the technical level of its suppliers. For many years, the work has been independently carried out by retailers, and their suppliers’ technical capability and behavior performance have been evaluated based on internal standards established by themselves. Sometimes, the evaluation work is undertaken by the retailer’s own technicians, and sometimes by the third-party testing organization according to the retailer’s standards.

In 1998, the British retailer Association launched and developed BRC food technical standard to evaluate the manufacturers of retailers’ own brand foods. The standard has attracted the attention of other organizations in the food industry shortly after its release, and has become a sample of good operation specifications in the industry. The wide application of this standard in the UK and other countries has made it an international standard. It can not only evaluate the suppliers of retailers, but also be used as the basic criterion by many companies, so as to establish their own supplier evaluation system and brand product production standards.

The organization that certifies the product in accordance with this standard must be undertaken by a formal licence under European standard ISO guide 65 or by an institution duly approved by the British Retail Association. At present, most retailers in the UK and Nordic countries only accept BRC certified enterprises as their suppliers.

Five responsibilities of retailers

Nowadays, suppliers and retailers are jointly responsible for the safety and legitimacy of products, among which retailers are responsible for the following five main responsibilities:

Ensure detailed product specifications are provided and that they are not in violation of relevant laws, comprehensive standards or production standards;

Ensure that the supplier has the qualification to produce related products and that the production and operation meet the requirements of relevant laws, production codes and agricultural standards;

Visit the supplier’s factory at any time, review its qualification and listen to the audit report of the supplier;

Establish a risk assessment system to inspect, test or analyze the products;

Monitor and handle customer complaints.

Most of the UK’s largest retailers only choose companies certified by BRC Global standards as suppliers. Most retailers require manufacturers to provide BRC certification and meet the legal and quality requirements of their retail customers. This is because under the food safety act of 1990, retailers are legally responsible for their own brand products and their brands.

Our solution

· BRC CP issue 3 global standard – consumer goods (Third Edition) certification

· BRC food safety issue 6 global standard – food (Sixth Edition) certification

· brc/iopissue 4 global standard – food packaging and other packaging materials (4th Edition) certification


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