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The main objective of the BRC Standard is to provide guidance to packaging manufacturers for legal compliance and consumer protection. Certified entrepreneurs benefit from
• constant improvement of product
• safety & quality
• meeting legal requirements
• reduced risk
• high customer confidence
• a strong and credible position in the supply chain
Both risk categories cover the areas of
• senior management commitment
• hazard & risk management system
• product & safety quality management
• site standards
• product & process control
Behind these abstract wordings the Standard includes approx. 230 concrete requirements.
For a first step, I recommend to create your own checklist. By defining what has to be done, by whom, and ideally also by when, you will soon have a system to handle these apparently countless requirements. Moreover, before you invite a BRC auditor for the first time, make use of your in-house know-how! Let one or two employees do an internal BRC audit. It can be quality managers or anybody you consider competent. It will serve you a lot of time and money and invalidate resentments (which are often present in a company that is developing and entering unknown territory) by giving your staff the possibility to get familiar with the requirements before an external intruder comes. Because, despite all the benefits a BRC certificate involves, at first it will be perceived as additional, maybe useless work. Convince your people right from the beginning – for that an external support can be very useful – that everybody is profiting from an employer that that manufactures safe, high quality and compliant goods.
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