Other sustainability & regulatory affairs

In the area of sustainability, the major development is the Circular Economy Package which, among other things, will contain targets for the recycling of municipal waste, packaging waste, landfill limits and mandatory separate collection of the main waste streams. As of writing, negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers have started regarding the final legislation. This package of legislative measurements is expected to greatly impact release liner recycling schemes and is therefore being followed with great interest by FINAT.

FINAT working on Sustainability - posted 22 May 2014

Sustainability

‘In today’s environmentally-focused packaging arena, FINAT is continually evaluating what has been done to make labels support sustainable results and identifying what other measures can be taken in this respect. Our joint statement on environmental sustainability, made with other global label associations, and our connection with the Global Packaging Project, to reach global harmonisation of sustainability standards are examples of steps recently taken.

Global Packaging Project

The Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Packaging Project is bringing together the world’s leading brand owners and retailers, and their packaging suppliers and trade associations, to establish a common professional sustainability language that enables a dialogue between customers and suppliers on the parameters to be used to measure environmental progress.
The new draft Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability 2.0 is currently under review.

Legislation

As the European umbrella organisation for the self-adhesive labelling sector, FINAT actively represents the common interests of its members and affiliated national associations towards decision makers at European level. FINAT participates as a stakeholder in relevant situations and provides decision makers with sufficient and reliable information about effects of new and existing legislation for our industry.

At the moment, there are four major issues that are of concern for FINAT:

The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

On 23 March 2010, the so-called Article 21 Committee appointed by the Commission met on this issue. The question whether Release Liners and RFID tags should be considered as Packaging or Non-Packaging was on the agenda. With the help of some leading experts from the industry, FINAT has therefore submitted a separate Position Paper explaining in more details our industry's arguments in support of the fact that Release Liners should NOT be considered as packaging.

The discussion on the classification of Release Liners and RFID tags is currently still in progress, with FINAT monitoring the developments and proactively providing input where needed.

The new European Chemicals Legislation: REACH

REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals), the largest item of chemical legislation in the world, is nearing its third deadline for registration. Any company that manufactures or imports more than 1 tonne per year of a chemical substance into the EU needs to register this chemical by the 31st of May 2018, and preregister this chemical no later than the 31st of May 2017. Registration entails providing information on the properties of the chemical, which will be used for chemical safety assessments for each use for the chemical in question. Many of these requirements not only apply to substances, but also to preparations, such as adhesives.

FINAT members are reminded to check if any chemicals they supply or use are registered or planned to be registered, either by themselves or their suppliers. If this is not the case, urgent action is required, as no registration means no entry to the EU market! FINAT members are also given access to a roadmap for REACH to determine the impact of the legislation and steps to undertake for their company.

Perhaps of even more relevance to FINAT members is the updated guidance on the requirements for substances in articles. The goal of this update is to reflect a ruling by the European Court of Justice in 2015 that states that each component article should be taken into account when calculating maximum levels for substances of very high concern (SVHC), instead of just the final end article as delivered. For example, rather than looking at a car as a whole, manufacturers would need to look at every individual bolt and part to see if any of these contain an excess level of SVHCs.

Want to know more about the ins and outs of REACH, click here.

The Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (IPPC) and its Best Available Techniques Reference Documents (BREF's)

Food contact legislation: the Superdirective

Food labels have to comply with strict food safety requirements as set out in Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004, and Directive 2002/72/EC related to "plastic materials and articles to come into contact with foodstuffs", as well as Commission Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 on Good manufacturing practice (GMP) for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and additional national regulations for food contact materials. Please note that Directive 2002/72/EC will be repealed by the new Regulation (EU No 10/2011) on food contact plastic materials and articles from 1 May 2011.

For more information, FINAT members can consult our Public Affairs manager.

Circular Economy Package

A major development, which among other things, will contain targets for the recycling of municipal waste, packaging waste, landfill limits and mandatory separate collection of the main waste streams. As of writing, negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers have started regarding the final legislation.

This package of legislative measurements is expected to greatly impact release liner recycling schemes and is therefore being followed with great interest by FINAT.