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  • Difference between a Directive, a Regulation, a decision, ....

    European Directive

    A binding text that obliges each Member State to obtain a certain result within a certain period. The directive contains "essential requirements". A directive must be converted into national law, where the national authoroties can choose the form and means.

    European Regulation

    A binding text which is directly applicable in all Member States.

    European Decision

    A binding text for those to whom she has been aimed explicitly; vb. a Member State, a EU citizen, or a certain group EU citizens

    European Resolution

    A non-binding communication of the Council or the European Parliament

    Royal Decree

    A binding text at Belgian level

    Standard

    A standard describes by means of technical data how something must be carried out. There exist international standards (ISO), European standards (EC) and national standards (NBN, DIN, B, NF etc.). The compliance with standards in itself is legally not enforcable. It is however possible that enforcable legislation refers, such as a law or a Royal Decree, to specific standards. In that case these standards get a more enforcable character, which they borrow then from the legislation which refers to these standards

    European harmonised standard

    A standard which lies in line of the essential requirements of the concerning directive

    CR (committee report)

    A technical report of CEN that it is not published officially as a standard

  • Standardization regarding Packaging

    The BPI participates in different-work groups responsible for elaborating standards regarding packaging. For certain work groups the BPI even ensures the chairmanship, for other groups it delegates persons, within its members, based upon their expertise.
    Supplementary information on standardization:

    Within the European Committee of Standardization (CEN) the Technical Committee 261 (abbreviated TC 261) is responsible for all standardization activities related to packaging.
    The objectives of TC 261 are: drawing up of standards concerning the terminology, the dimensions, the capacity, the marking, the environment, the testing methods and the performance requirements regarding packaging and unit loads. It concerns the primary as well as the secondary and tertiary packaging, unit loads included.
    The packaging is examined regardless of the material it is made of, its shape or contents and regardless of the distribution system or transport mode used.
    All aspects concerning the environmental impact, recycling included, are also examined.

    TC 261 « Packaging » is divided into 2 Subcommittees (SC) which are each active in their domain namely :

    • SC 4 : Packaging and the environment
    • SC 5 : Primary and transport packaging

    Finally every Subcommittee is divided into Work-Groups (WG):

    TC 261/SC 4 :

    WG 1 : Terminology, symbols & criteria for LCA of packaging
    WG 2 : Degradability of packaging & Packaging materials
    WG 3 : Material recovery
    WG 4 : Energy recovery
    WG 6 : Prevention
    WG 7 : Reuse
    WG 8 : Heavy metals & other dangerous sSubstances

    TC 261/SC 5 :
    WG 1.2 : Marking
    WG 1.3 : Dimensional coordination
    WG 1.4 : Test method & test schedules
    WG 1.5 : Range of capacities
    WG 1.6 : Packaging of dangerous goods
    WG 2.1 : glass packaging
    WG 2.2 : Metal packaging
    WG 2.3 : Paper & paperboard packaging WG 2.4 : Drums
    WG 2.5 : Rigid plastic packages
    WG 2.6 : Packages made from flexible Material
    WG 2.7 : Child resistant packaging
    WG 3.1 : SLC (Small Load Carrier System)
    WG 3.3 : Tensional strapping & accessories WG 3.4 : Pallets
    WG 3.6 : Rigid plastic packaging
    WG 3.7 : Intermediate bulk containers
    WG 3.8 : Roll containers

    Standardization


    The BPI participates in different-work groups responsible for elaborating standards regarding packaging. For certain work groups the BPI even ensures the chairmanship, for other groups it delegates persons, within its members, based upon their expertise.
    Supplementary information on standardization:

    Within the European Committee of Standardization (CEN) the Technical Committee 261 (abbreviated TC 261) is responsible for all standardization activities related to packaging.
    The objectives of TC 261 are: drawing up of standards concerning the terminology, the dimensions, the capacity, the marking, the environment, the testing methods and the performance requirements regarding packaging and unit loads. It concerns the primary as well as the secondary and tertiary packaging, unit loads included.
    The packaging is examined regardless of the material it is made of, its shape or contents and regardless of the distribution system or transport mode used.
    All aspects concerning the environmental impact, recycling included, are also examined.

    TC 261 « Packaging » is divided into 2 Subcommittees (SC) which are each active in their domain namely :
    SC 4 : Packaging and the environment
    SC 5 : Primary and transport packaging
    Finally every Subcommittee is divided into Work-Groups (WG):
    TC 261/SC 4 :

    WG 1 : Terminology, symbols & criteria for LCA of packaging
    WG 2 : Degradability of packaging & Packaging materials
    WG 3 : Material recovery
    WG 4 : Energy recovery
    WG 6 : Prevention
    WG 7 : Reuse
    WG 8 : Heavy metals & other dangerous

    Substances TC 261/SC 5 :
    WG 1.2 : Marking
    WG 1.3 : Dimensional coordination
    WG 1.4 : Test method & test schedules
    WG 1.5 : Range of capacities
    WG 1.6 : Packaging of dangerous goods
    WG 2.1 : glass packaging
    WG 2.2 : Metal packaging
    WG 2.3 : Paper & paperboard packaging WG 2.4 : Drums
    WG 2.5 : Rigid plastic packages
    WG 2.6 : Packages made from flexible Material
    WG 2.7 : Child resistant packaging
    WG 3.1 : SLC (Small Load Carrier System)
    WG 3.3 : Tensional strapping & accessories WG 3.4 : Pallets
    WG 3.6 : Rigid plastic packaging
    WG 3.7 : Intermediate bulk containers
    WG 3.8 : Roll containers

    Within the International Standardization Organisation (ISO) the Technical Committee 122 (abbreviated TC 122) is responsible for all standardization activities related to packaging.