PAS 223

Inadequate or poorly designed food packaging that is not appropriate for intended use causes potential food safety risks. It is important that the intended purpose of the food packaging are understood. In this way, any food safety risks can be identified and help shape the design of any packaging.

What is PAS 223?

Requirements for packaging design have been included within this publicly available specification, PAS 223 - Prerequisite programmes and design requirements for food safety in the manufacture and provision of food packaging. The specification is aimed at food packaging manufacturing organisations needing to meet the requirements of prerequisite programmes (PRPs) as specified in ISO 22000, the key global standard for food safety.

What are the benefits of PAS 223?

This specification gives requirements for establishing, implementing and maintaining prerequisite programmes (PRPs) and design requirements to help in identifying and controlling food safety hazards in the manufacture of food packaging.

Applicable to all food packaging manufacturing organisations, regardless of size or complexity of operations, it is expected that this PAS will be quickly adopted by the industry as a further safeguard in the food supply chain. Specifically, it provides the following benefits:

  • a recognised international scheme for a prerequisite programme for food and drink packaging safety
  • helps provide confidence in food and drink packaging systems
  • brings consistent standards across international packaging industry practices
  • allows for third party assessments to be undertaken which brings additional confidence for stakeholders if undertaken by a reputable and trusted third party, such as LRQA .

PAS 223 benefits with LRQA Business Assurance

LRQA is ideally placed to help our clients in meeting the requirements of this new specification as our technical specialists were involved with the working group responsible for the development of this technical specification. Our understanding of the complexities of PAS 223 allows us to deliver tangible benefits to our clients through a structured approach. PAS 223 has been developed to be used in conjunction with ISO 22000, however we are able to provide a gap analysis assessment against the requirements of the specification.