Why Responsible Packaging Association?

What is Packaging – Packaging is defined as a type of containment which is designed to contain a chemical or chemical product. The material of construction must be compatible with the contents to be packed and it must comply with global and local regulations for test, certification and markings.

Safe, compliant packaging is essential to get products to the customer, and is regulated for ALL goods classified as dangerous or hazardous, this ranges from small retail packs to large tanks, tankers and shipping containers, all of which are regulated and have to be tested, certified and inspected at intervals for continuing compliance.

The association provides members with information, specialist knowledge, training, audit and consultancy opportunities, as well as new services to aid compliance in the supply chain. Information on chemical classification, packaging and labelling, handling, storage and transport, including risk assessments. RPMASA participates in various government fora for new legislation and regulations at National and Global level, as well as international and national standards.

RPMASA Members enjoy:

  • Reduced rates for all our training and workshops
  • Great opportunities to promote their business
  • Sponsorship, branding and display for events
  • Posters – co-brand
  • Snippets and newsletters
  • Website – Platinum and Patron members have direct link to their website


R1500 Application Fee & R42 000 Annual Fee
A special category of members who actively support and promote our Principles and policies. Includes up to 3 operational sites and/or business units in Southern Africa.
Business logo on the RPMASA website with a direct link to Patron web
Free 1-day Baseline Compliance Audit / Site visit
Display space at any RPMASA workshop
Company logo or name on RPMASA publications
Company name on letterhead
Opportunity to sponsor and speak at meetings, workshops and other RPMASA functions
Opportunity to sponsor and co-brand awareness and educational posters and materials
Free company exposure in RPMASA newsletter
Opportunity to market projects in conjunction with RPMASA
Use of RPMASA logo on all their stationery
Opportunity to sponsor Networking breakfast/s
R1500 Application Fee & R25 000 Annual Fee
Single site or business unit.
Use of the RPMASA logo
Informative Snippets and Newsflash
Reduced rates for training and workshops
Baseline Gap Audit and training opportunities
Opportunity for Use of RPMASA new services at favourable rates
Toll free number on packaging, labels, Safety Data Sheets, and vehicle placards
24/7/365 Call Centre access through use of RPMASA Toll free number
Discounted rates for REACH Delivery for OHS Act Safety Data Sheet distribution compliance
Supplier/ Service Provider – Member rates except for SMME’s: Organisations who provide goods (e.g. seals and closures) and services to the packaging and container industry. This includes transport and waste disposal companies.
Blenders – Member rates except for SMME’s: Companies that formulate, mix and dispense e.g. cleaning materials, paints, packers etc. Often small non-technical organisations who do not have their own SHEQ resources so need information and advice.


R750 Application Fee & R1850 Annual Fee
Individuals and organisations who provide audit, training or other consulting services to members.
Company SME
R1250 Application Fee & R12 500 Annual Fee
Larger companies at Member or Patron Member rates.
R750 Application Fee & R25 000 Annual Fee
Departments or sections of national, provincial or local government or municipalities.
R125 Application Fee & R1250 Annual Fee
Individuals who support RPMASA aims and activities.
Price TBA
As per agreement.
Price TBA
Any organisation from outside of Southern Africa as per above categories.



Members of the association are encouraged to use the logo to promote the association and their commitment to Responsible Packaging Management – RPM. The following rules should be observed to protect the integrity of the association and its name, the RPMASA logo and the name “Responsible Packaging Management”.

  • Use of the logo and phrase Responsible Packaging Management (RPM) is restricted to members of RPMASA in Southern Africa.
  • Permission to use the logo and wording will be given to members once they have signed the commitment to the RPMASA Guiding Principles and returned a signed copy together with their completed Members. questionnaire to the national office for their file – NB site visits may be arranged to small business.
  • Permission will only be granted to Reconditioner/ Reprocessor or Recycler members who have submitted their documents to the National Office and been audited.
  • The logo and phrase RPM can be used on company literature, letterheads, business cards, etc. They can also be used to designate the organisation (as a member), but NOT the product or service.
  • The logo may NOT be used on packaging, drums or containers which are not fully under the control of the member.
  • The logo may NOT be used on packaging, drums, containers or transport where it could be construed to imply the endorsement of the product or service.
  • The logo may NOT be used by members’ business associates, franchises, agents or commercial partners who are not members in their own right.