Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Obligations for packaging design and use -who do they apply to?

Packaging regulations  - who they apply to

The Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2015 establish requirements packaging must meet before it can be placed on the EU market. Your business must comply with these regulations if you:

  • package or fill products into packaging, or
  • have your brand, trademark or distinctive mark on the packaging (as in these cases you will be considered the packer/ filler)
  • recondition the packaging for reuse, or
  • import packaging or filled packaging., or
  • manufacture packaging or are the manufacturer’s authorised representative in the European Union;


  • intend to place the new or reconditioned packaging on the EU market - the regulations don’t apply to used packaging that is going to be reused.

For more information on the definition of packaging, see What is packaging? in this guide.

In this Guideline

What is packaging?

Obligations for packaging design and use -who do they apply to?

Packaging design and use - your responsibilities

Packaging design and use - exemptions

Packaging producer obligations - who do they apply to?

Producer compliance schemes

Packaging producers: Individual route

Reprocessing and export of packaging waste

Packaging: reduce, reuse and recycle

Packaging: environmental legislation

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