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The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®)
The Forest Stewardship Council helps take care of forests and the people and wildlife who call them home.
FSC® is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.
FSC® runs a global forest certification system with two key components:
Chain of Custody
FSC® also licenses retailers and other end users to promote FSC® labelled products, without holding FSC® certification.
This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products produced from well-managed forests and/or recycled materials.
FSC® “tick tree” logo is used to indicate that products are certified under the FSC® system. When you see the FSC® logo on a label, you can buy forest products with confidence that you are helping to ensure our forests are alive for generations to come.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
PEFC™ is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.
PEFC™ works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards.
PEFC™ distinctive ‘green trees’ logo make it a truly global brand and means customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.
The International Organization of Standardization – Environmental Management Systems Standard
ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). It provides a framework that an organization can follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirements.
Part of the ISO 14000 family of standards on environmental management, ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that organizations can certify to. Integrating it with other management systems standards, most commonly ISO 9001, can further assist in accomplishing organizational goals.
The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) defines an environmental management system as “part of the management system used to manage environmental aspects, fulfil compliance obligations, and address risks and opportunities.” The framework in the ISO 14001 standard can be used within a plan-do-check-act (PDCA) approach to continuous improvement.
Pharmaceutical Quality Group Packaging Standard
PS 9000 is developed by the Pharmaceutical Quality Group (PQG) for manufacturers of packaging material for medicinal product including orally inhaled medicine, and it defines specific requirements and guidance for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).
The updated version of the standard was revised in July 2016. PS 9000:2016 is aligned to ISO 15378 (Primary packaging materials for medicinal products) and the new ISO 9000:2015 Quality Management Standard. It is also fully recognised and supported by the MHRA, and it incorporates many quality management principles in line with GMP and regulatory requirements.
PS 9000 standard’s primary objective is to facilitate risk management and implementation of a controlled system to eliminate these risks to ensure production of safe products to correct requirements.
It is an interactive standard that can be applied to Global, Primary, Secondary and Complex manufacturers, each with specific requirements.
The International Organization of Standardization – Quality Management Systems Standard
ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. It is the most popular standard in the ISO 9000 series and the only standard in the series to which organizations can certify.
ISO 9001 was first published in 1987 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an international agency composed of the national standards bodies of more than 160 countries. The current version of ISO 9001 was released in September 2015.
BRC Global Standard
British Retail Consortium Food Safety Standard
In 1998 the British Retail Consortium (BRC), responding to industry needs, developed and introduced the BRC Food Technical Standard to be used to evaluate manufacturers of retailers own brand food products.
The main requirements of this standard are the adoption of HACCP, a documented quality management system and control of factory environmental standards, process and personnel.
In a short space of time, this Standard has become invaluable to other organisations across the sector. It was and still is regarded as the benchmark for best practice in the food industry.
This and its use outside the UK has seen it evolve into a Global Standard used not just to assess retailer suppliers, but as a framework upon which many companies have based their supplier assessment programmes and manufacture of some branded products.