Hygiene and safety are key aspects of the food industry. While most of the focus is made on the food production, it is important not to forget packaging safety in order to avoid any hazard and contamination. An easy way to be sure of your packaging safety is to get them from a certified manufacturer. Several options exist such as the BRC/IoP or the FEFCO GMP for the cardboard packagings.
We will today learn more about one of the most popular packaging certification: the DIN EN 15593 certification.
DIN EN 15593 - What is it?
The DIN EN 15593 is a standard for hygiene management in packaging manufacturing. It defines a management system and hygiene practices which can be implemented by packaging companies of all sizes and all types, independently of the type of packaging being manufactured. It covers all three types of contaminations: physical, chemical and biological.
The DIN EN 15593 uses the same model as the ISO 9001 and the ISO 22000 certification. Based on hazard analysis and risk assessment, the standard requires an annual audit to always stay up to date with new potential threats. The certification has a validity of three years which can be extended after a recertification audit.
DIN EN 15593 - Structure
The DIN EN 15593 standard follows the structure as below:
- Hygiene management system
- Management responsibility
- Control of documents
- Management of nonconformities and incidents
- Internal audits
- Complaints management
- Approval and monitoring of suppliers
- Monitoring and measurement of product
- Human resources
- Hazard analysis and risk assessment
- Sources of contamination
- Physical contaminants (foreign bodies)
- Chemical contaminants
- Biological contaminants
- Storage and distribution
- Scrap and waste handling
- Factory requirements
- External areas
DIN EN 15593 - Background
The European standard DIN EN 15593 was first published in April 2008 after being examined and approved by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). The text was first prepared by a group of recognized institutions and packaging professionals such as Saint Gobain Emballage, ALCAN and Crown.
DIN EN 15593 and BRC/IoP
Under many aspects, the standard DIN EN 15593 is similar to the BRC/IoP certification. The main differences are the following ones:
- Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition
The BRC/IoP certification is recognized by the GFSI while the DIN EN 15593 is not.
- Integration with the ISO 9001
Being based on the ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 model, the DIN EN 15593 is easier to integrate to the ISO ecosystem than the BRC/IoP.
Nevertheless, the DIN EN 15593 and the BRC/IoP certifications remain both very similar and can be seen as alternative or complementary to each other since no additional input is necessary between the two of them.
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