To be able to show that a package is designed in accordance with the essential requirements of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, it is necessary to have the following:
- Working methods for the assessment in accordance with the essential requirements;
- Documentation of the assessment.
It is not necessary to evaluate how the company obtains higher efficiency over time. However, the standards presume working methods that lead to continual improvements.
When developing the standards, a condition was that the necessary new working methods would be easy to implement in an existing management system, e.g. ISO 9000, ISO 14001, HACCP or BRC. For this reason, we recommend a company with a running management system to merge these systems together. In practise, a new packaging evaluation system can be introduced by implementing additions to an existing quality manual.