The Association was originally initiated and launched in 2002, by a group of concerned Packaging Reconditioners who wanted to set up an Independent and Professional Organisation, to make contact with the International body for Best Practices, and to provide them with a National Standard and an Audit system to monitor compliance and promote improvement. This was achieved and Independent Audits were offered to Members in 2008 and again in 2009 arranged through the National Cleaner Production Centre, together with some Training, to assist them become more resource efficient and compliant.

It had been agreed at the Inaugural meeting in May 2002 that the Association needed to embrace Members from along the value chain from packaging manufacturers through to the use and final disposal, and support services in order to be sustainable. In 2009/10 the drum reconditioners decided to go their own way and formed a separate organisation just for drum reconditioners. RCMASA then became RPMASA to embrace the broader packaging industries.

As part of our quest for global Best Practices, to contribute to Responsible and practical Regulations, and be part of the Global Packaging network, the Association applied in December 2006 and was accepted to the UN Committee of Experts for Transport of Dangerous Goods and the GHS.

We have participated in many working groups and successfully presented on behalf of other sectors. In 2009 and 2011 we held very successful Conferences at the Durban ICC with International Speakers to share their knowledge and provide Training in various topics such as the IMDG code and a UNITAR team in 2011 the Trained over 140 people from Industry and Government in sessions held in Durban and Gauteng.


To provide members and industry with:

  • A voice to Government for, and opportunity to participate in International and National Regulations and Standards
  • A focal point for all organisations and sectors involved in classification, packaging and Transport of industrial and retail chemicals especially those classified as hazardous
  • Updates on international, regional and national regulations and standards
  • A life cycle approach to compliance and safety in packaging and supply chain
  • Information, Training, Consulting & Audit opportunities to benchmark and improve operations
  • Excellent networking opportunities though our extensive network of International partners and colleagues
  • Solutions for responsible classification, packaging and container management

And to:

  • Encourage partnerships along the value chain with industry, government and interested parties
  • Foster industry's commitment to continuously improve its health, safety and environmental practice and performance