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!!! Regulation Update!!!

Luckily or not we are still within the EU, and the checks of goods crossing our national borders haven’t yet tighten as most people expected them to. Depending on what the situation will be in November, things might well change and give us few more loops to jump through.
While the political elite gets through its umpteenth scuffle, business has to continue, trade must go on, and we all have to comply with the requirements of an ever changing regulation.
That, at least, is something BAMA can help you with.
On the subject of transport (by road, sea, train or air), we already know that aerosols are classed as ‘dangerous goods’and the transport regulations require that any shipment, including samples, must be properly declared and adequately packaged by staff that are ‘appropriately trained’ to the current legal requirements.
Said requirements have recently changed, to a limited extent but enough for BAMA to have to amend its 2017 Guide to the Transport of Aerosols, to make sure it still delivers you the most up-do-date requirements.
The 13th edition of the BAMA Guide to Transport is 100 pages (and you thought it was a marginal topic) of knowledge, distilled in an easy to follow format, with graphs and tables to facilitate understanding and to simplify reference searches at any stage.
It explains how to consign aerosols for transport, according to the mode you have chosen (rail, road, sea or air). It covers the classification, packaging, testing, marking and labelling requirements in each case and it explains what documentation is required.
The Guide includes the UN model regulations; it also tells you what sort of training is considered ‘appropriate’.
It is free to download for BAMA members, so you really have no excuses I’m afraid (we can liven things up with face-to-face training, though – just ask).

Update on Plastic Legislation

The European Single Use Plastics Directive is due to be adopted in April 2019, and that applies to the UK if it stays in the EU beyond the 29th March. As we write, it seems an extension of Article 50 is the most likely outcome, in which case, the UK would have to transpose the Directive into national law.
The Directive has been mainly designed to prevent plastic waste impacting on the marine environment. Because of their slow decomposition rate, plastics are a particular problem for the world’s oceans. Traces of plastic can be found in species such as whales, turtles, and birds, but also in seafood that ends up in the human food chain and ultimately in the human body.
The key elements of the SUP Directive are:
– the banning of plastic items such as: coffee stirrers, balloon sticks, cutlery, plates, straws and cotton bud sticks. Oxo-degradeable plastics and polystyrene food and drink containers will also be banned, as they tend to break down in smaller components rather than biodegrade.
– targets assigned to all member states aimed limiting the use of other plastic products
– beverage bottles to contain at least 30% recycled content by 2030
– target collection rate of 90% for post-consumer beverage bottles, by 2025

Member states will have 2 years to transpose the Directive into national legislation and it is likely that the UK, whether within or outside the EU, will implement similar measures.
As a result of the post-consumer collection rates target and recycled content requirements, significant investment in PET collection and reprocessing is expected to take place at national level.

UKCA mark replaces CE: when and how to use it

Dear BAMA Member

Although Government assures us it is working to get a deal with the EU before the March 20th leaving date it is also accelerating the amount of information is it providing to business in the event of no-deal. You will see below links to Technical Notices on regulations and Nominated Persons as well as details on the new UKCA mark which replace the CE mark. The note below explains the circumstance in which you should use the UKCA mark.
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As you are aware, delivering a deal with the EU remains the Government’s top priority. The Government is accelerating no-deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality, as it is the responsible thing to do and will continue to publish guidance to business and citizens to ensure you/your organisations can make informed preparations.

You may be aware that the Government recently updated its technical notices on Goods regulated under the ‘new approach’ if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and Nominated persons (including authorised representatives) if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. These notices are intended to provide guidance to manufacturers of certain goods on how to prepare for Brexit if there is no agreed deal between the EU and the UK.

The Government has today (Saturday 2 February) published the new UK marking (UKCA). In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal the new marking may be applied to certain products, such as toys and machinery, sold in the UK, replacing the CE marking.

In most cases manufacturers will not need to use the UK marking immediately. In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal manufacturers will be able, for a period of time, to continue to use the CE marking when placing their products on the UK market (if their product meets the relevant EU requirements). This would include products that have had any necessary third-party assessment carried out by an EU-recognised body. The Government would consult businesses before taking a decision on when this period would end.

Products being exported to the EU which currently require the CE marking will need to carry the CE marking to demonstrate compliance with the relevant EU regulatory requirements.

Manufacturers will need to use the UK marking if their products require third party assessment of conformity and if this has been carried out by a UK-based Notified Body (post-exit called an Approved Body). In that case you will have to apply the new UKCA marking after 29 March 2019 (where required by legislation) as the EU will cease to recognise the ability of UK bodies to apply the CE marking. This will not be the case if the certificate of conformity has been transferred to an EU-recognised Notified Body (in which case the CE marking would apply).

For guidance on whether or not your business will need to use the new marking and how to use it, please visit the government’s guidance on using the UKCA marking.

If you have any questions regarding the UK mark, please contact us at goodsregulation@beis.gov.uk. We are receiving a high volume of correspondence at this time but will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can. We are also considering what further guidance would be useful and would be very grateful for any feedback on the guidance and on specific issues where more detail would be useful.

The Goods Regulation Team, BEIS
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Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us and we will attempt to find you an answer.

BAMA, ADF and European post-Brexit prospects

As we all know, and we are probably sick of hearing, on 29th March 2019 it is planned that the UK will leave the European Union, but three years on from the referendum it is still not known what settlement will be agreed between the EU and the UK.
Chief executive of BAMA, Patrick Heskins, talked about this decidedly hazy landscape in his presentation at the ADF/PCD Paris exhibition.
The ADF/PCD Paris exhibition is Europe’s premier expert innovation event for aerosol and cosmetic packaging. On 30th and 31st January, leading suppliers from a variety of sectors gathered to present their innovations to the industry, and the event was extremely well attended.
In his presentation entitled: ‘Brexit – where are we?’, Patrick explained what the new trading arrangements might look like, what Brexit could mean for EU countries exporting to the UK, and what the regulations could be when trading across this ‘new’ European border.
He also discussed the options still open to the British government and worst-case scenarios in terms of trade tariffs and regulations.
This insecurity surrounding Brexit has also prompted BAMA to reassess the way it addresses international trade shows such as FLADA in Brasil, ADF New York and the Ningbo exhibition in China.
Patrick delivered his presentation on the second day of the conference, ensuring BAMA maintained its visibility with the audience, as well as securing coverage on the show’s website in advance of the event.
In addition, a BAMA/CFA joint workshop was organised to take place in Paris following the close of the ADF event in order to capitalise on the number of industry representatives already in the area.
While the outcome of the ongoing Brexit negotiation is still uncertain, BAMA remains committed to representing the interests of its members both at home and abroad and will maintain a cautious approach to investments at least until the post-Brexit situation becomes clearer.

Three reasons to attend the BAMA Forum and Awards 2017 event

Why should you attend this annual event?
As we move into August, with Autumn just around the corner, we are very pleased to be turning our attention to the upcoming BAMA Forum and Awards in October. Already, we’ve put together a packed agenda which includes expert speakers, networking opportunities and an exciting program of entertainment.

With so many reasons to attend this year, it’s difficult to consider why you wouldn’t want to come along. But in case you were in any doubt, we have put together three reasons why attending this year is a good decision:

1. Network with the experts. It’s not often that experts from so many different sectors are under one roof at the same time. Invited to our event this year are guests from a range of different aerosol businesses, as well as speakers from the fields of consumer behaviour, recycling systems, the circular economy, packaging and technology.
As an association, we recognise the importance for businesses to keep up to speed in a world driven by continual political, technological and environmental developments. As well as opportunities for members to network during the conference period of this event, our drinks reception and dinner platforms are also aimed to provide ALL guests with a relaxed and professional arena where ideas and views can be exchanged and connections made.

2. Wine tasting! If you’ve ever wondered about the art of wine tasting or would like to add to your existing knowledge of this famed fermented grape juice then who better to enlighten you than former BBC 2 Food and Drink series presenter and wine connoisseur, Jilly Goolden?
During the drinks reception, Jilly will be sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge on the crispness, body and aroma of selected wines from around the world. Following the wine tasting there will be a four course meal followed by some surprise entertainment!

3. Industry knowledge and recognition If you are a BAMA member, you are invited to listen to presentations from a range of different speakers who will be sharing their thoughts on the aerosol industry from their own unique viewpoints. The diverse speaker line-up will provide our audience with a wide and informed view of where the aerosol industry is right now and where it will be in the future.
With just a month left until the entry deadline, members are invited to submit their entries to be in the running to win. Winning entries will receive industry recognition, press coverage and vouchers worth up to £500 for winners and £250 for runners-up in each of four categories.

BAMA Forum and Awards Dinner details
The BAMA Forum and Awards Dinner will be held at Oulton Hall, Leeds on the 18th & 19th October with both members and non-members invited to the evening dinner on the 18th. Members can attend the conference and submit award entries also. For further information please contact Amy Falvey or visit the BAMA website to book your place.

BAMA – helping you future proof your business

Patrick Heskins, CE of BAMA

Patrick Heskins, CE of BAMA

When I joined BAMA a year ago I was fortunate enough to inherit a substantial piece of work called the Future of Aerosols 2 project, a follow-up to the original Future of Aerosols 1 project which was completed in 2001. This first programme focused on technical subjects and solutions to see the aerosol industry into the 21st century.

For BAMA, sustainability and especially environmental sustainability has for decades been at the heart of what we do. During the Future of Aerosols 2 project, BAMA worked with Forum for the Future who reinvigorated our own thinking about environmental sustainability and also made recommendations about how companies should work towards a sustainable future within their own business environments. Examples are: persuading companies to consider how social media might impact on aerosol products; or the effect of the skills gaps within the aerosol industry.

BAMA, via its Committees, will be working on a number of Innovation themes to help our industry tackle some key issues including:
• The Circular Economy
• Air Quality – both indoor and outdoor
• Addressing Chemicals of Concern
• Using Aerosols to Meet Human Health Needs
• Harnessing the Power of Social Media
• Creating Flexible and Resilient Supply Chains.
Each of these themes is now developing into work areas for the Committees.

As part of the work-stream of the Future of Aerosols, Forum for the Future consulted widely across industry to understand the factors which our members felt would have an effect on their business in the coming years. These were then developed into Factor Cards which detailed the background of the issues, providing information and data to help people understand the impact of these factors in greater depth.

At workshops, BAMA members studied these factors and decided which were most important to the wider aerosol industry. These were then prioritised and put into an Impact/Uncertainty Matrix. From here the groups could narrow down the themes to those shown above and also run Innovation Sessions to think about how we might bring about solutions to these themes. This Future Thinking process is now available to all BAMA members – free of charge.

The toolkit used by BAMA Members in this study can be downloaded from the Community Area of the BAMA website, along with the report BAMA is working through.

We at BAMA believe this is an excellent opportunity for companies, big and small, to take a step back from their day-to-day business and think about the challenges they might face in the next 10 or 20 years. The Factors used cover such a broad spectrum of subjects the Future Thinking process could be applied in one area of your business, say R&D or manufacturing, or more widely, to review and consider how you want your company to develop and grow in the future.

To help with Future Thinking, BAMA will moderate and facilitate workshops at members companies, also free of charge. All we ask for is a big enough room and a couple of days from a group of your staff to take the process through.

If this is of interest, please contact us and we can discuss helping you to Future Proof your business.

Are you a winner? 5 steps to success in the BAMA Awards 2016

Industry Awards can help business. There is no doubt about that. Achieving awards impresses customers; they reward and motivate staff; and the additional publicity can help promote your BAMA Awards Entry Form 2016 1business, differentiating your brand or company from the competition. The BAMA Awards are particularly highly valued as these pick the best of the best in the UK aerosol sector.

This year the organisers have changed the Awards structure and requirements a little. The first stage – having a great potential entry – is something you’ll already have underway of course. Stage two is now the crucial factor and it’s not as easy as it sounds. There’s an art as well as a science to successful Awards’ entries. We oversea the judging and that’s not always as easy as it should be. Helping the judges understand what you do and why you’ve done it should be obvious. Many entrants, however, just fail to step back and ask some basic questions before completing the entry form.

There are 5 steps to success. Here are the main questions you should ask yourself:

Question 1
What was this product created to do and why is it different?

Don’t assume it will be obvious. If the design is innovative – say so. If the product meets a hitherto unmet need, spell it out. Don’t just talk about the technicalities and the way the product operates: say how it helps the user or consumer.

Question 2
What is the word or page limit for each submission?
This is crucial to help the judges to consider each entry against its competitors. So please help them by complying with the requested word limit.

Question 3
Do I qualify?

Make sure the product was launched into the market sometime since 1 January 2015. You must be a BAMA member to enter. Make sure that if the project was jointly carried out with another company or individual, that you are permitted to submit this for entry and that you are happy for the publicity that will flow if you are successful.

Question 4
Have I supported my entry fully?
Have you completed the title of your entry with something snappy and memorable? Did you remember to include product or pictures according to the rules stipulated? Above all, did you tell the story behind the entry? It’s useful to ask someone unconnected with the company or project to read through the draft entry just to make sure that, for someone who comes to this afresh, you haven’t made assumptions about knowledge outsiders can’t possibly have. If there is a technical aspect to the entry, spell out in plain English why your solution solves a problem as well as how. Give statistics too – these could be about the unmet need, the number of sales, production…

Question 5
Have I left enough time?

Our advice is: start now. The deadline for entries is way off, you’re probably thinking. After all, it’s not until September. But wait, that is only a few short weeks away. Starting to draft your entry NOW will ensure that you give it your best shot.

That’s it. Simple. A successful entry in just 5 steps. We wish all our members luck in the prestigious 2016 Awards.

To download the entry form and rules of entry click here

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Falvey in the BAMA office.

BAMA Launches 2016 Awards

2015 Aerosol of the Year Winners - Swallowfield plc & PZ Cussons Ltd with Dominic Holland, Patrick Heskins & Amy Falvey

2015 Aerosol of the Year Winners – Swallowfield plc & PZ Cussons Ltd with Dominic Holland, Patrick Heskins & Amy Falvey

Now in our eighth year, the BAMA Awards always provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the latest innovations within the aerosol industry and highlight many of the UK’s success stories. The Awards Gala Dinner also provides an excellent opportunity for networking within the industry.

This year we have introduced some new categories following feedback from last year’s judging process.

The new categories include:
• New Aerosol of the Year
• Process Safety and Training
• Sustainability
• Aerosol Packaging.

There will also be a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ nominated by the BAMA Executive Committee.

The Awards will be presented on the evening of 19th October 2016 at The Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. Members and their guests will be entertained by the acclaimed comedian, former policeman and raconteur, Alfie Moore, a popular after-dinner speaker.

Companies engaged in any aspect of the aerosol industry but which are not already members of BAMA, may enter the Awards and apply to attend the Forum and Gala Dinner as long as they have applied for membership and have had their application accepted before 7th September 2016 – which is the closing date for entries. The entry form is now available to download from the BAMA website and is open to all BAMA members at: www.bama.co.uk/forum.

Patrick Heskins, Chief Executive of BAMA, says: “The UK aerosol industry continues to go from strength to strength. The BAMA Awards helps to recognise the hard work and endeavour of the industry in important areas such as Innovation and Sustainability. I look forward to seeing another set of high quality submissions from members.”

To book your place at the 2016 BAMA Forum & Awards, please visit http://www.bama.co.uk/training.php or email amyfalvey@bama.co.uk.

New BAMA Guide on safe warehousing of aerosols

In our last blog we talked of the importance of the training which BAMA provides regarding the handling of aerosols.

Training is vital of course. However, having regard to the rules for warehousing and logistics is something that everyone engaged in handling and storage needs to be aware of. This is where BAMA’s thorough guide ‘The Warehousing of Aerosols: A BAMA Guide to Safe Storage’ comes in. Importantly, you should be aware that the 5th edition of this invaluable publication is now available to download from the BAMA site. Members must log in to obtain a FREE copy.

It covers the general requirements for safe storage; regulations; safety issues; control of hazards; and the safe disposal of aerosols.

Dr Paul Jackson, BAMA’s Technical Director, said: “Storage of filled aerosols requires careful consideration because of the risks associated with flammable propellants and liquids in order to avoid warehouse fires. The storage of filled aerosols has been the subject of much study by BAMA. The purpose of our guide is to help maximise safety levels in aerosol warehouses, whether in large or small operations”.

The key changes in this edition of the Guide are amended guidance notes on the COMAH regulations following the changes in 2015 whereby a hazard category – ‘flammable aerosols’ – was BAMA_WarehousePoster Scatter_RGBintroduced. In addition, the Guide contains some new Annexes to highlight the many changes in the regulations, many of which will only affect larger warehouse operators.

Advice on retail storage of aerosols is available, free of charge, from BAMA in a separate publication: 'Guide to Retail Storage and Display of Aerosols'. For copies of either of these Guides, email enquiries@bama.co.uk.

For members of the Association the Warehousing Guide is free of charge, for non-members there is a nominal fee of £100.