|What is the European Packaging Institutes Consortium?
The European Packaging Institutes Consortium EPIC is the project-organisation
of the national packaging institutes of Europe that cooperate on behalf of
their members, from retailers to raw material manufacturers. EPIC stimulates
the packaging of products creating added value in the European economy in a
sustainable and responsible manner. EPIC focuses on education, innovation and
the transfer of information on the creation of packaged products.
Pan-European cooperation in packaging education and information services was
boosted on April 26th 2002 with the formal start of the European Packaging
Institutes Consortium (EPIC). EPIC is a consortium where European packaging
institutes come together on behalf of their members to identify areas where
regional or pan-European cooperation might best be initiated or concentrated
for the future development of the entire packaging chain in a sustainable
manner. EPIC will achieve this by examining and/or developing specific projects
involving coordinated and market oriented:
Who are the EPIC members?
- Educational programmes
- European qualifications for packaging professionals
- Instruments for the promotion and facilitation of packaging innovation
- Methods for the optimal implementation and enforcement of packaging-related legislation
EPIC was founded by 12 European Packaging Institutes. In total, these institutes
cover around 2200 associated companies (both packaging suppliers as well as
packer/fillers) and approximately 22.000 professional individuals in packaging
throughout Europe. Every institute has a long national tradition as vibrant
meeting point for all individuals and companies involved in responsible
packaging. Key-factors are objectivity, responsibility and innovativeness in
fulfilling their role. As associations, openness towards their members and
society as a whole is also essential.
How does EPIC work?
EPIC works in a project-oriented manner, without an additional EPIC-office.
In this EPIC-vision, the national institutes will continue to be the prime
contact for national as well as European packaging matters. Once every six
months plenary meetings take place. The secretariat is based at the Netherlands
Packaging Centre and chairman is Mr. Marco Sachet, managing director of
Istituto Italiano Imballaggio.