New Non-Food Packaging Module (HPC 420) for FSSC 22000 – Quality certified packaging manufacturers

By | October 1, 2020

HPC 420 has developed a Non-Food Packaging Module (HPC-420) for the certification of non-food packaging material manufacturing in a FSSC 22000 certified site.

This development is supported by iCompliance and industry leaders like Procter & Gamble and ALPLA. The Module, which is recognized by iCompliance, is of interest for packaging sites that manufacture both food packaging and non-food packaging materials. The Module is offered at no additional cost to the suppliers.

Combining requirements for both food packaging and non-food packaging in coordination with FSSC 22000-Quality or FSSC 22000 Packaging certification (ISO 9001 required as a prerequisite), will demonstrate effective management of safety and quality throughout production and change management controls. The FSSC 22000 – Quality or Packaging audit, including the Module, will reduce the need of brand owners for multiple brand supplier audits.

For more information to become certified, please contact one of our licensed Certification Bodies or the HPC Secretariat. Certification Bodies can start the application process for the Module by contacting There is no cost for the training of the non-food Module for participating Certification Bodies. The training will be available to CBs as both an eLearning or train the trainer option.

New requirements: HPC 420 auditor qualification

Recently it has been decided to extend the requirements regarding HPC 420 auditor qualification. Based on the HPC 420 Scheme it was only possible for ISO 9001 and FSSC 22000 qualified auditors to be trained and qualified for HPC 420. Foundation HPC 420 was informed that these auditor qualification requirements presented a limitation for CBs exploring the possibility of offering HPC 420 certification to their clients. We therefore researched the possibility of extending the requirements regarding auditor qualification and came to the following decision:

Auditors who are qualified for:

  1. The IFS HPC Standard for auditing products/processes of suppliers manufacturing household and personal care, and;
  2. BRSGS Global Standard Consumer Products Personal care and household,

Could also be eligible to be qualified for HPC 420 provided that all other HPC 420 auditor qualification requirements are met.

About iCompliance

iCompliance is a market leading, cloud-based solution for supply chain compliance within the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Industry (FMCG). The iCompliance Initiative is intended to drive value in the supply chain through trust, collaboration, inclusion, continuous improvement and openness. It provides an efficient and collaborative way to ensure the quality of raw materials, components and products that will give consumers the positive product experience and safety they deserve. The ability of suppliers to share one audit with many customers eliminates repetitive and reductant effort, standardizes the industry on a common standard, and provides customers with the supply chain assurance they need.

About HPC 420

The HPC 420 Product Safety Management Standard provides a framework for effectively managing product safety in global production and supply chains. The Scheme is applicable to the whole supply chain and requires every organization in the chain to take into account the hazards of the final products of that chain. HPC 420 certified sites demonstrate they create the optimal conditions for the manufacturing of Home and Personal Care products.