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Covid-19 : Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industry Strategy Letter

13th April 2020

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy has confirmed, in his letter dated 8th April 2020 that; "there is no restriction on manufacturing continuing under the current rules".  Industrial packaging is a key element of the UK's supply-chain infrastructure, for handling and transporting raw materials across a number of product sectors - such as; foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals (including disinfectant and cleaning products) and petrochemicals.

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Assessment & Classification of Waste Packaging 2017

12th July 2017

This is the joint industry document on the Assessment and Classification of Waste Packaging - developed in conjunction with the UK Environment Agency and adopted in England, Scotland and Wales - published in July 2017

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2016 Duty of Care Guidelines from DEFRA

28th March 2016

DEFRA have now published their revised Duty of Care Guidance - please see attached document by clicking on the DEFRA logo to the left - or download via the following link:

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UK Reconditioning Sector - Concerns over inconsistent EA Audits & Permits

15th March 2016

The IPA have raised concerns with the Environment Agency & DEFRA over the rising level of inconsistent audit requirements for the UK Container Reconditioning Industry. 

With many empty, uncleaned packagings, that are for cleaning and reuse, being outside the scope of waste regulation, it appears that some regional EA officers are mistakenly applying Chemical Waste rules to reconditioning operations, who are collecting (where these are considered to be waste) used packaging - as correctly consigned under EWC 15 codes.

The IPA have also raised concerns over the incorrect issue of T1 exemptions - which many companies are using to treat wastes that are not within the scope of T1 allowances. 

The attached letter details some of these concerns and may be used for reference by IPA Reconditioning members when liaising with their local Environment Agency officials.




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2016 Changes to Hazardous Waste Registration

13th January 2016


Changes to Premises Registration and the Consignment Note Number format


The Environment Agency are making changes that will affect premises registered with the Environment Agency as hazardous waste producers.

Two aspects of the hazardous waste regulations are changing on 1 April 2016, which, if a Hazardous Waste Producer, you will need to prepare for:

·         Producers of hazardous waste in England will no longer need to notify their premises with the Environment Agency.

·         The format of the unique consignment note code, which appears on every consignment note, will change.

A copy of Frequently Asked Questions is attached, which should help explain the changes.



The IPA provides access and links to various important standards, regulations and codes of practice that affect the industrial packaging sector.

We are not responsible for Third Party document content, maintenance or ensuring the latest version is listed -  however, if you are having trouble finding the right document or reference, please do contact our office and we will try help.

Where possible, we will list the latest document here, for members and website visitors to review. However, some documents such as Standards, may be subjected to copyright protection which prevents us from making them generally available.

In addition to involvement with various committees within BSI, CEN and ISO Standards, the IPA is also a member of the British Standards Institute and can obtain copies of various UK, European and International Standards at a significant discount against the published price. IPA Members are advised to check with us before purchasing any copies of standards.