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As the complexity and the number of packaging regulations expand, the burden is on manufacturers to keep abreast of regulations, calculate and report their obligations, and to prove compliance. Unfortunately, many companies become aware of these requirements the hard way, usually through fines and penalties, and sometimes involving legal proceedings and negative publicity. As greater emphasis is placed on enforcement and audits, proper documentation has become essential, but not easy.


The effort and cost of managing compliance vary according to the data points required by each country, as well as the particulars of the company. A major aspect of compliance is ensuring that the company has the necessary data to support fee reporting and documentation of compliance. For example, a company with a few unique packaging systems sold in a limited number of countries will not require the same degree of complexity in their data as one that has a broad range of products that are sold worldwide. For these reasons, the time and energy spent on data maintenance varies a great deal, especially when considering data (such as recycled content, heavy metals certification, etc.) from across the supply chain.

Companies who are in the process of creating a compliance plan must be aware of the packaging data that are already being tracked for their products. In many cases, much of the data required for reporting may already be collected, but may be scattered across several different databases. A central database is crucial for maintaining packaging data and there are now commercial options equipped to handle and incorporate the wide spectrum of data and data formats.
Packaging Compliance Documentation
Most countries require companies to report the tonnage of packaging waste placed on the market, but data requirements and the actual format for data reporting vary. In addition, many product manufacturers now require certification of packaging criteria (such as heavy metal content, fiber content, recycled material, etc.) from their suppliers. Such certification may be used to demonstrate compliance when a country requests an audit of packaging reports.


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