Draft Details

Designation:CSA R303
Contact name:Anna Copeland
Review start date:May 30, 2024
Review end date:Jul 29, 2024
Contact email:thuy.ton(at)csagroup.org
Draft Scope/Description:

1.1 Inclusions

This standard applies to primary packaging. Primary packaging is packaging that comes into direct contact with the product. Primary packaging is sometimes referred to as “consumer” or “retail” packaging.


This standard applies to containers that are part of a system for reuse in which the container is returned to a collection point and then washed, redistributed, and refilled.


This standard applies to containers that meet the requirements of PR3’s container design standard and are intended to come into contact with food or beverage.


This standard can also be applied to some foodware items that are not traditionally referred to as “packaging”, but are part of a reuse system, such as food utensils and plates.


1.2 Exclusions

This standard is not intended for secondary, transport, or tertiary packaging. Secondary packaging holds primary packaging units. Examples of secondary packaging include crates and e-commerce boxes.


1.3 Terminology

In this Standard, “SHALL” is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; “SHOULD” is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and “MAY” is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard.


NOTES accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.


Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.


Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.


1.4 Units of measure

The values given in SI units are the units of record for the purposes of this standard. The values given in parentheses are for information and comparison only.

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