In 2001, The British Retail Consortium and the Institute of Packaging launched the Technical Standard and Protocol for Companies Manufacturing and supplying Food Packaging Materials for Retailer Branded Products. The scheme, currently in its fifth issue, was prepared with wide (UK) industry consultation to assist both retailers and food manufacturers fulfil their legal requirements to provide an adequate due diligence defence and to help improve the standards found in the food packaging industry.

This Standard is for retailers and food manufacturers providing for the UK market. The scope of the Standard has been extended to encompass packaging for direct contact food and non direct contact food use. There are eight manufacturing categories covering different types of packaging and two hygiene categories – basic hygiene and high hygiene. A decision tree has been produced to aid in identifying the packaging category and specific examples are also given.

The standard shows the customer that the producer has robust product safety systems in place to allow for confidence in the supply of a safe, legal and quality product.

For a quick, competitive quotation please email or call us. If you would like to apply for the scheme, please complete the BRC Packaging Enquiry Form.

Audit frequency and duration

The audit frequency has been reviewed and now all audits will be carried out at 12 month frequencies unless two or more major non-conformities are found, where the next audit shall be due in six months.

The duration depends on the size and complexity of your company but typically 1 to 1.5 days.