The following position statements are shown in date order, most recent first.

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Last reviewed 14th Oct 2021

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Version 2: 26th May 2021

P618 Position statements for Issue 6

NEW: Version 2

Updated to correct the protocol for closing out non-conformances for new sites. Also states that the brand guidelines have been updated, but this means how BRCGS meet their own guidelines, it’s nothing that we need to do.

Version 1.1

Replaces position statements; P614 (disposable packaging), P616 (functional claims), P617 (allergens) and P552 (defence and fraud).

Clarifies that both product defence (threat assessment) and product fraud systems (vulnerability assessment) are required for packaging – no major changes from the text in P552.

Clarification as to whether the packaging standard or the consumer products standard is the best fit for certain disposable packaging items – no major changes from the text in P512.

Change to the addition of clause 3.4.3 – this addition, has now been moved from clause 3.4.3 to 3.4.1. The additional part of the clause now states that the functional requirements must be specified in the specification, NOT in the statement of compliance (as it was before). The introductory text still references 3.4.3, but we’re presuming this is a typo and should have been changed to 3.4.1. See before and after additional part of the clause shown below in italics:

Before:

3.4.3 Where packaging for food or other hygiene-sensitive products is produced, a statement of compliance shall be maintained which enables users of the packaging to ensure compatibility between the packaging and the product with which it may be in contact.
The statement of compliance shall be compiled and authorised by a suitably competent person. It shall contain as a minimum:
• the nature of the materials used in the manufacture of the packaging
• confirmation that the packaging meets relevant legal requirements
• the inclusion of any post-consumer recycled materials.
The statement shall identify:
• its date of issue and, where appropriate, its expiry date
• any limitations of use of the product, and
• the usable life of the packaging (where relevant).
The site shall review the statement of compliance at a risk-based frequency.
Where functional packaging for food or other hygiene-sensitive products is produced, the statement of compliance shall contain documented evidence to demonstrate effectiveness or proof of effect claimed by the packaging material including extended shelf life, freshness, and temperature monitoring.

After:

3.4.1 Specifications shall be suitably detailed, accurate and compliant with relevant product safety and legislative requirements. They may be in the form of a printed or electronic document, or part of an online specification system.
Where functional packaging for food or other hygiene-sensitive products is produced, the specification shall contain reference to documented evidence to demonstrate effectiveness or proof of effect claimed by the packaging material including control and extension of shelf life, freshness, and temperature monitoring.

Change to allergen management from that stated in P617. In P617 a new section was added to the end of section 5 – 5.11 Allergen Management. The new clauses have now been added to the end of section 4.9.3 Chemical & Biological Control. There is no longer a section 5.11 Allergen Management. The clauses have also changed, see before and after below:

5.11 Allergen Management

Statement of intent: The site shall have a documented procedure to identify allergenic materials and potential routes for contamination, and based on risk, establish an effective allergen management plan.

4.9.3 Chemical & Biological Control

5.11.1 The site shall carry out an assessment to establish the presence and likelihood of allergenic materials and contamination by allergens. The assessment shall include raw materials as virgin and recycled formats, intermediate and finished products, processing chemicals, inks, solvents, and traded products. This assessment shall form part of the documented HARA as detailed in clause 2.2.6 of the Standard

This clause has been removed.

5.11.2 Where allergens have been identified as part of the hazard analysis and risk assessment, the routes for contamination from incoming goods to storage and dispatch shall be identified and documented policies and procedures for handling such materials to avoid cross contamination (cross-contact) shall be established.

5.11.3 the site shall establish, implement, and maintain a plan for the management of allergens to minimise or eliminate the risk of contamination to the packaging and meet legal requirements for labelling in the country of sale. The plan shall be reviewed based on risk.

4.9.3.3 Where allergens have been identified as part of the hazard analysis and risk assessment the routes for contamination from incoming goods to storage and dispatch shall be identified. Documented policies and procedures for handling such materials to avoid cross contamination (cross-contact) shall be established.

4.9.3.4 The site shall establish, implement, and maintain a plan for the management of allergens to minimise or eliminate the risk of contamination to and/or from the packaging and meet legal requirements for labelling in the country of sale. The plan shall be reviewed based on risk.

Version 3: 12th March 2021 (NEW)

BRCGS089 Unnanounced

Version 3

Additional 60 minutes allowed for covid requirements (e.g. auditor testing).

Version 2.1

Date for suspension of unannounced audits extended until 31st Dec 2021.

Version 3.1 1st March 2021 (NEW)

BRCGS080 Blended audits

Version 3.1

Added details for when your blended audit is combined with another GFSI audit. And, addition of the gluten free certificate to the blended audit option.

Version 1

Details on how to complete a BRCGS blended audit, which is part remote and part on site.

Version 2.1: 1st March 2021 (NEW)

BRCGS079: Protocol on unannounced audits (for announced sites)

Version 2.1

New protocol for sites which have very short seasons. S&D sites have the option to choose fully unannounced, or part announced on the year that it’s due.

Version 1.1

Outlines the requirements for announced sites to have 1 unnanounced audit every 3 years.

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