ISO 18602-2013 pdf free download.Packaging and the environment – Optimization of the packaging system.
ISO 18602 specifies requirements and a procedure for assessment of packaging to ensure that the weight or volume of its material content is optimized consistent with the functions of packaging. This is one of several options for reducing the impact of packaging on the environment.
This International Standard also provides methodologies and procedures for
a) determining the amount and minimization of substances or mixtures hazardous to the environment, and
b) determining the amount of four heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium) in packaging.
The potential for such substances to be released into the environment is included in the assessment. The procedures are referenced in AnnexC.
The process for packaging design, including material selection, is not part of this International Standard. The purpose is to help ensure and demonstrate that the packaging efficiently uses the selected material.
NOTE 1 For the purposes of this International Standard, the substitution of one packaging material by another is not a basis for packaging optimization.
NOTE 2 Packaging material optimization can include increasing the weight or volume olpackaging in order to reduce loss of goods.
The procedure for applying this International Standard is contained in ISO 18601.
2 Normative references
The following documents, in whole or in part, are normatively referenced In this document and are indispensable for its application. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.
ISO 18601, Packaging and the environment — General requirements for the use of ISO standards in the field of packaging and the environment
ISO 21067, Packaging — Vocabulary
3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in ISO 18601, ISO 21067 and the following apply.
packaging optimization
process for the achievement of a minimum adequate weight or volume (source reduction) for meeting the necessary requirements of primary or secondary or transport packaging, when performance and user/consumeracceptability remain unchanged oradequate, thereby reducingthe impact on the environment.ISO 18602 pdf download.