Achieving a BRC IOP certification means undertaking a voluntary path aimed at adjusting your own business to the requirements set out by this private UK standard on food quality and safety relating to the sector of Food Contact Materials (FCMs).

This is a private standard defined by the BRC (British Retail Consortium, subsequently acquired by the British company LGC limited in 2016) in cooperation with the Institute of Packaging, and it belongs to the category of private product certification although taking advantage of integrated system requirements.

This certification applies to:

  • Production of materials intended for food contact (FCMs)
  • Treatment of materials intended for food contact (FCMs) including repackaging
  • Dealers of materials intended for food contact (FCMs)
  • Users of packaging intended for food contact producing or processing FCMs in packaging lines
  • Producers of packaging or packing materials for cosmetic products
  • Producers of packaging or packing materials for personal care products
  • Producers of packaging or packing materials for consumables belonging to the categories described above

This certification process provides for compliance with specific requirements such as:

  • Strong management commitment
  • Adoption of risk and hazard analysis management systems (according to HACCP method)
  • Documented quality management system
  • Proper prerequisite program (PRP) aimed at monitoring production environment, processes, products and personnel.
  • PI.GA. Service sas by Pironi Serena & c. offers its expert advice to support your business in each of the abovementioned 7 points leading to BRC IoP certification (and subsequent renewal) in the easiest, fastest and best way possible.
  • Getting ready to certification means to deploy human and financial resources, education, verification and inspection activities as well as auditing procedures for your suppliers and your company.
  • It does not only apply to production but also to all related functions, from Procurement to Logistics.

PI.GA. Service supports your company in every step of this process by channelling the resources to achieve this common target and to consolidate and improve it in the years to come.

To the customers, certification means safety and reliability.

BRC packaging protocol belongs to the category of voluntary certifications, even though it is becoming more and more essential mostly for those food operators who intend to work with the UKlarge retail organization. BRC standards complies with the criteria set out by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) – The Food Business Forum, in order to reduce food safety-related risks.

These standards are accepted by the majority of retailers, strictly required by the UK organised large-scale retail distribution and based on a HACCP system associated with the adoption of good manufacturing practices. In addition to compliance with HACCP procedure, also compliance with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) and GHP (Good Hygiene Practice) is required.