BRC (British Retail Consortium) - Calibration vs. Verification

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BRC Global Standard for Packaging & Packaging Materials doesn't mention verification of gauges... it only refers to calibration.

ISO9001 mentions calibration OR verification.

Therefore, for BRC, do I have to get gauges formally calibrated by a 3rd party, or is it is OK for me to get gauge blocks and weights calibrated to a national standard, and use them to verify the equipment that we have on site.

How rigorous shoudl the verification procedures be??

Relevant clauses:

BRC 5.6.1 ?measuring equipment blah blah ?shall be identified and calibrated?

BRC 5.6.2 Where possible, calibration shall be traceable to a recognised national standard. Where a traceable calibration is not possible, the company shall demonstrate the basis by which standardisation is carried out.

ISO9001:2008

7.6.a
??measuring equipment shall: be calibrated or verified? against measurement standards traceable to international or national measurement standards.
 
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glade

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Thank-you! I sent an email to my BRC registrar and had a reply...

Hi XXX
I have a question about Calibration in the BRC Packaging Standard.
5.6 only mentions that measuring equipment shall be calibrated, where ISO9001:2008 7.6 says that it can be calibrated or verified.
I would like to get a set of gauge blocks and weights calibrated traceable to a national standard, and use them to verify the equipment that we have on site (using a documented method).
Is this an acceptable method for our BRC registration?


I had two replies from people in their organisation:
What you suggest is reasonable ? primary standards held in an ambient room away from wear and tear of normal use and supported by calibration certificates back to national standards.
Then using them to complete internal calibration of working kit, but maintaining the traceability back to national standards.
However, be aware there may be items you do not have the kit to calibrate in house. A calibrated 1m rule cannot be used to calibrate in house 1 m rules - as too large an error in calibration procedure, normally a factor 10 is required on the primary, so we would look for optical calibrator like show graph or digital vernier as more accurate primary reference source.
This is normally acceptable to BRC IoP and ISO 9001 : 2008

and

It is a requirement of the Standard that equipment critical to safety, legality, specifications and used to monitor CCP shall be calibrated.

It also asks that where possible, it should be traceable to a National Standard.

It is a common practice to have one set of calibrated items (to National Standard), and then use them to calibrate internally, and accepted, if a documented procedure is followed, which clearly defines tolerances of deviation etc.
 
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