The Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS) programme was developed by the industry to help companies tackle pellet leakage by providing a series of recommendations in the form of a manual based on collective learning. This manual aims to support companies to achieve excellence in implementing the necessary measures, in accordance with their specific set-up. In the last years, an ever-increasing number of plastics producers, converters and transporters in Europe have signed up to OCS.
In 2020, EuPC - the association of European Plastics Converters - and Plastics Europe decided to go a step further and committed to jointly develop by 2022 an OCS certification scheme aimed at controlling and documenting compliance with requirements targeting minimisation of pellet loss across the entire plastics supply chain. It will also support the effective, harmonised and quantifiable implementation of the OCS programme. Those companies externally audited as meeting the requirements of the OCS certification scheme will be listed on a publicly available online database: ‘The OCS Public Register’.
The ambition for the certification scheme governance is to be inclusive and transparent, integrating views from various stakeholders, such as public authorities, civil society, certification bodies and industry, guiding it towards success in minimising pellet losses across Europe in full transparency.
With this EU public consultation, stakeholders are invited to provide their views and comments on the founding principles and content of the OCS Europe certification scheme that are presented in the following documents (also available here).
OCS Certification Scheme Principles
OCS Certification Scheme Requirements and Check-list Press Release - EuPC and Plastics Europe launch a public consultation on their OCS voluntary certification scheme project
The Public Consultation is open until Sunday, 29 May 2022 at midnight.