Quality Assurance

Graphic Packaging International has dedicated Quality Assurance departments at all its sites. Our QA teams uphold rigorous quality standards, working closely with customers to provide the support they require. Purpose built quality assurance facilities at the Bardon site provide a direct link to factory floor, giving the team a hands-on approach to managing quality control across the production process.

Maintaining High Standards

Graphic Packaging International’s teams work hard to uphold extremely rigorous test and inspection standards.

Our Quality Control systems in place at each production facility ensure products are thoroughly inspected to uncover defects before work is dispatched. Graphic Packaging International’s Quality Assurance Interface improves and upholds production procedures to help avoid or minimise any processes that could lead to defects.

Product security is a priority, with recognised standards adhered to in all key areas. The ISO9000 quality management standard is enhanced with the addition of the PS9000 pharmaceutical packaging materials standard at our Gateshead and Newburn production facilities. The Group has a full disaster recovery programme in place for client peace of mind.

PS9000 standards begin with production, and the creation of quality product free from errors. Particular focus is provided to packaging with regard to text creation issues, and the accuracy of information provided for consumer use. Line segregation is adhered to; removing the potential of incorrect products accidentally being added to the system. This is aided by the use of code reading equipment to eliminate any incorrect or poor quality prints from the production cycle.

Caring for People and Planet

Graphic Packaging International takes its responsibility to the environment, its staff and future generations very seriously. The company continually invests in people and the planet.

Graphic Packaging International aims to lead the way in packaging sustainability. As well as being FSC® and PEFC™ certified, all Graphic Packaging International sites are accredited with the Environmental Quality Standard ISO14001. By obtaining this internationally recognised standard, all of our sites fulfil our responsibility to the environment

Customers can access their products’ specifications and Graphic Packaging International's certifications via their eStorefront account. This is a web-based software available to our customers and accessible via a secure login on our website:

Graphic Packaging International Storefront

Caring for people

Graphic Packaging International is committed to health and safety, continually improving in the OHSAS management and performance. OHSAS 18001 ensures the required level of health and safety is observed throughout the business, whilst the ‘Investors in People’ accreditation helps provide a continued focus on staff training and development. As well as running yearly student placement schemes in conjunction with Loughborough University, Graphic Packaging International also continually invests in upskilling its workforce – we believe our people are our greatest asset.

Graphic Packaging International’s commitments:

  • Provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities
  • Consult with our employees on matters affecting their health and safety
  • To comply with legal and other requirements that we adhere to
  • Provide and maintain safe plant and equipment
  • Ensure safe handling and use of substances
  • Provide information, instruction and supervision for employees, visitors and contractors
  • Ensure all employees are competent to do their tasks, and to give them adequate training
  • Prevent accidents and cases of work-related ill health
  • Maintain safe and healthy working conditions; and
  • Review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals

Food and Hygiene Standards

As part of the BRC/ IOP Global Standard for food packagingGraphic Packaging International has implemented a documented food safety management system based on the principles of a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system. HACCP provides an effective management tool for identifying critical control points for food packaging manufacture and monitoring procedures.


Graphic Packaging International is proud to have its high standards officially recognised by leading manufacturing and environmental bodies.

FSC®: The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) monitors the use of timber in paper and board based products, ensuring that material used is coming from areas of forest that are managed responsibly. The FSC® Chain of Custody certification tracks the FSC® certified material through the production processes all the way to the store.

FSC® Certificate:

Graphic Packaging International Europe UK Holdings Ltd – SA-COC-001552

License code: FSC®-C012938

FSC® Self declaration Pol 01-004

PEFC™: The PEFC™ Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC™ provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.

GPI are committed to implement and maintain a management system in accordance with the current PEFC™ Standard: Chain of custody of Forest Based Products - Requirements

PEFC™ Certificate:

PEFC™ Graphic Packaging International – SA-PEFC/COC–001552

The ISO9001 quality management standard is enhanced with the addition of the PS9000 pharmaceutical packaging materials standard.

With regard to personnel, the OHSAS 18001 ensures the required level of health and safety is observed throughout the business.

ISO14001 specifies the requirements for an organisation's environmental management system, and by obtaining this internationally recognised standard Graphic Packaging International ensures that green issues are always kept in focus.

BRC: Global Standard for Packaging sets out hygiene and quality requirements for packaging manufacturers. Graphic Packaging International has been certified with Grade A for providers of food contact goods.

ISO12647/2 Colour Management: Graphic Packaging International follows the ISO12647/2 colour management standard, with the Graphic Packaging International plants at Bardon, and Gateshead being the first to go through the process. Full details of our Colour Quality Policy can be found below.

Soil Association Certification Ltd


Group Repro Specifcation

The latest version of our Group Repro Specification is August 2018 If you require a copy of the latest version please email repro.bardon@graphicpkg.com and put "Request latest Repro Spec" in the subject heading.


Bardon Gateshead Newburn
FSC : (link to check product schedule)
PEFC : (link to check product schedule)
OHSAS 18001 / 45001
ECMA GMP Declaration

Click on the PDF icon to download the certficate

Graphic Packaging International Policies

The following documents are also available for download

Group Health & Safety Policy Statement - Bardon
Group Health & Safety Policy Statement - North East
Group Product Safety Quality & Hygiene Policy
Group Environment Policy
Group Colour Management Policy
Group Special Colour Management Policy
Group Ethical and Social Accountability Policy
Group Allergen Management Policy

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