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Packaging and Packaging Waste

Harmonized standards for packaging

When packaging is manufactured for a specific product in accordance with a harmonised standard whose references have been published in the Official Journal of the European Communities, the packaging is presumed to comply with the essential requirements of Directive 94/ 62/EC, as covered by that harmonised standard.

The references of the relevant harmonised standards are published in the Official Journal in

  • Commission Decision 2001/542/ECrelating to the publication of references for standards EN 13428:2000, EN 13429:2000, EN 13430:2000, EN 13431:2000 and EN 13432:2000 in the Official Journal of the European Communities in connection with Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste
  • Commission communication 2005/C 44/13 in the framework of the implementation of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (replacement of the list of Commission Decision 2001/542/EC: references to the 2004 versions of the Standards instead of the 2000 versions)

The following are the relevant harmonised standards for packaging:

CEN EN 13427:2004: Requirements for the use of European Standards in the field of packaging and packaging waste
CEN EN 13428:2004: Requirements specific to manufacturing and composition - Prevention by source reduction
CEN EN 13429:2004: Reuse
CEN EN 13430:2004: Requirements for packaging recoverable by material recycling
CEN EN 13431:2004: Requirements for packaging recoverable in the form of energy recovery, including specification of minimum inferior calorific value
CEN EN 13432:2000: Requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation - Test scheme and evaluation criteria for the final acceptance of packaging

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