New recognition for packaging professionals

The Packaging Society
,
4 Sep 2012

The Packaging Society, a division of IOM3, will be launching the Standard for Packaging Professional Competence (SPPC)
at the PPMA Show at the NEC
25-27 Sept. For the first time, this will provide
accreditation and recognition of packaging professionals in the UK and beyond.

The SPPC will meet needs across the packaging
supply chain to promote packaging as a profession and enhance the status of
those working in this vital and complex sector.
The Standard will form the basis
for a Packaging Professional designation which will exist alongside
the Institute’s Professional Membership, in a similar way to that of Chartered
Engineer, Scientist or Environmentalist.

The
SPPC is modelled on the internationally recognised UK Engineering Council’s
Standard for Professional Engineering Competence. In common with other
professional designations, such as Chartered Scientist and Environmentalist,
the SPPC scheme will, for the first year from launch, recognise grandparenting
rights for those existing members of IOM3 who are packaging-affiliated.

For
those who are not currently IOM3 members, the full accreditation process will
apply. The SPPC scheme will be managed by the Packaging Board of IOM3 with
strategic oversight from a Packaging Accreditation Council (PAC), comprised of
senior figures from different parts of the industry.

Although
UK based, IOM3 freely offers this designation format to packaging associations
in other countries who can use suitable, locally available qualifications and
membership associations, especially where these are members of the World
Packaging Organisation, with the intention of creating an international network
of packaging professionals.

Further information:

For the full specification www.iom3.org/pkgprof

For further details on Packaging Professional and membership contact Gordon Stewart