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Issue 6 Guide to Key Changes

Issue 6 Guide to Key Changes

  • SKU: Issue 6 Guide to Key Changes

  • Publish Date: 01 August 2019

  • Size: A4

  • Publisher: BRCGS

BRCGS published Issue 6 of the Global Standard for Packaging Materials (hereafter referred to as the Standard) in August 2019 and the new Standard will be used for all audits conducted from 1 February 2020. Certificates issued against Issue 5 will remain valid for the duration indicated on the certificate.

This document is intended to provide an introduction to the new Issue 6 and a guide to the changes (including the reasons) since Issue 5. It provides a full list of all the changes to the requirements and should be used as a reference by companies who need to update their quality systems in preparation for an audit against Issue 6. A full interpretation guideline which provides guidance on all the clauses is also available, together with a number of topic-specific guidelines. All these documents can be obtained from BRCGS Participate ( or purchased separately from the BRCGS bookshop (

It is a requirement that all suppliers undergoing a BRCGS audit to the Packaging Standard Issue 6 have access to an official copy of this Standard.

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Information on how you can use BRCGS Standards, guidance and published content can be found here. You can also find a list of answers to common question on how BRCGS content can be used here.