With the rapid development of the printing industry, all kinds of printed materials bring rich colors to people's lives, but also make the environment on which we rely on a certain degree of pollution. So, what environmental certifications do printing companies need?
7 environmental certifications for printing companies
1.FSC Forest Certification
FSC forest certification is mainly to check the legality of the source of wood. Since printing and packaging are mainly based on paper, the raw material of paper is pulp. The main trial in the printing and packaging industry is the FSC-COC forest monitoring chain certification, which identifies the entire chain of raw material procurement, storage, production to circulation, and sales. Among them, foreign trade companies and production plants require separate certification and hold FSC certificates to prove that the materials used originate from legally felled forest farms.
2. PEFC forest certification
PEFC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental international organization. PEFC evaluates how to balance the economic, social and environmental development in forest management and forest product processing, promotes sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification, and promotes sustainable wood Paper buyers provide guarantee mechanisms.
3. ISO22000 food quality management system certification
The certification is mainly aimed at food-related printing and packaging companies. The food safety management system, launched by the International Organization for Standardization, is applicable to any organization in the food chain, regardless of the size of the organization. ISO22000 is based on the ISO9001 management system architecture, focusing on HACCP planning, implementation, inspection, and improvement.
4. GMI certification
The certification was launched by the International Graphic Measurement Corporation. GMI certification is mainly for quality control of pre-press, plate-making, in-press and post-press processes. The requirements for the printing quality management system are very high. In addition to on-site audits, it is also required to test printed products. There are also professional requirements for the corresponding printing and testing equipment of the enterprise. Without rich printing expertise, it is difficult for consultants to really provide relevant help.
5. BRC British Retailers Association certification
This project is a certification project launched by the British Retailers Association, which is mainly recognized by British retailers, and many European and Australian customers also comply with this standard. This certification is aimed at consumer product packaging that primarily involves high food and hygiene requirements. For many exported printed packaging that directly contact food, many require BRC certification.
The full name of PSA is PrintingStandardsAudit, which is a certification project developed by RIT. PSA is through a fair and objective certification process, the focus is to check whether the printing company can print and produce proofs according to the color database (characterization dataset), and review the process from pre-press to printing.
7. PSO certification
The full name of the PSO is Process Standard Offset, which is a certification program developed by Germany's Printing and Regional Printing and Media Industries Federation (bvdm) and certified by Fogra in Germany and Ugra in Switzerland.