ePac’s UK-based Silverstone site has been given certification for the BRC Global Standard for Packaging Materials allowing the company to enter sectors of the market only accessible to certified producers.
The facility in Northamptonshire was given an A Grade following an in-depth audit carried out at the beginning of September and is now ready to serve customers that require BRC compliance.
‘Getting BRC certification validates the quality of our business and we are of course thrilled to have passed the inspection and been given the top grade by the auditors,’ said John Peat, managing director and partner at ePac Silverstone. ‘Right from the start, we have had excellent quality management systems in place – it is quite simply part of the ePac DNA – but we now have the formal seal of approval to support that.’
The BRC Global Standard for Packaging Materials, which was designed to protect consumers, covers the manufacturing of glass, paper, metal, flexible plastics, and other types of packaging, as well as the associated printing and chemical processes. It is used worldwide by manufacturers producing packaging materials for any product that ends up in the hands of consumers and is a requirement from most major brands in the FMCG sector.
During the audit, an approved certification body visits the factory to look at all aspects of the business, from the commitment of the senior management to staff training and their protective clothing to personal hygiene. It also looks at the company’s hazard and risk management system, its product safety and quality management, the standard of the site, and the product and process control.
‘It has been an incredible year for ePac Silverstone, and BRC certification was the next logical step in our quest to serve customers with high-quality packaging delivered at speed. Not only will it open up new parts of the market for us, but it will also reduce the audit burden on brand owners and retailers. The list of customers keen to work with us once we got the BRC stamp has been growing rapidly, so I’m very pleased to be able to make this announcement and open up our doors to them,’ concluded Peat.