Packaging design and use—the essential requirements
Packaging design and use—the essential requirements

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Packaging design and use—the essential requirements
  • The Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2015
  • Brexit impact
  • Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019
  • The Hazardous Substances and Packaging (Legislative Functions and Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/1647
  • Application
  • Obligation to comply with essential requirements
  • The ‘responsible person’
  • The essential requirements
  • Obligation to comply with heavy metal limits
  • More...

Packaging design and use—the essential requirements

The Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2015

The Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2015 (PERR 2015), SI 2015/1640 apply to the United Kingdom (and revoke and replace the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2003 (PERR 2003), SI 2003/1941).

In addition to setting out the essential requirement obligations, PERR 2015 provide enforcement authorities with powers for the enforcement of those obligations, and consolidate the amendments to PERR 2003 that implemented these provisions.

PERR 2015 implement those provisions of the European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste (94/62/EC) (PPWD) relating to the essential requirements for packaging before it can be placed on the European market.

See Practice Note: Packaging and packaging waste directive—snapshot for more details on the PPWD.

The PPWD is a New Approach directive, which means that the directive sets down general essential requirements to be complied with, without prescribing exactly how these essential requirements should be achieved.

See Practice Note: New Approach directives and producer responsibility—key features [Archived] for more details on the New Approach directives.

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant

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