The Flexible Packaging Industry is Considered Essential Manufacturing

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

The situation with COVID-19 is uncertain and changing quickly. Here at FPA, our number one priority is ensuring the health and safety of our staff and their families, as well as our members, their employees, and their families.

We have compiled a list of the latest information available on the COVID-19 crisis, and hope that these are helpful to you in staying safe and healthy.

Protecting Yourself

  • World Health Organization
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CDC Releases New Facility Guidance after National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Request: Responding to the request from members, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has been calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to give manufacturers clearer guidance on how to operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield has now provided NAM with this letter and this additional guidance, which the NAM requested and which can be used to supplement your current plans and response efforts. In addition, the CDC provided more specifics and best practices in a NAM–Manufacturing Leadership Council webinar. Read a summary of the webinar and listen to the webinar.

Federal Resources

State Resources

International Resources

While the European Commission has not yet specifically declared the packaging industry as essential for the food and pharmaceutical chains, some countries on both sides of the Atlantic do. Here are some examples from our associates and partner associations which should support any discussions with authorities in this matter!

EU: FoodDrinkEurope issued a statement urging the Commission, in close co-ordination with EU Member States, to take urgent action on following points:

• Support the food sector workforce

• Recognize the entire food supply chain as ‘essential’ (specifically mentioning packaging as part of it)

• Unblock transport bottlenecks

• Support struggling businesses

• Facilitate global trade

Furthermore, the Commission presented practical guidance to ensure a continuous flow of goods across the EU via green lanes.

France: The French Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno le Maire, outlined in a letter the essential place of packaging in the COVID-19 crisis and salutes the unfailing commitment of all the people working in these industries.

Germany: The minister of agriculture, Julia Klöckner, highlighted the importance of packaging for food distribution in a letter to her colleague of internal affairs, Horst Seehofer. Julia Klöckner also published a request to the government on March 19.

UK: The British Plastics Federation, together with the whole logistics chain, secured key worker status for the packaging of food, hygiene, medicines, etc.

Italy: Italian President Giuseppe Conte announced a shut-down of all manufacturing facilities which are not considered essential or strategic. The food, pharmaceutical, and chemical sectors including paper and packaging seem to be considered essential.