At the recent Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA) Technical Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, an update was provided to RIPA members on recent changes:
- Beginning in November 2017, U.S. DOT began putting registered “M” numbers on a 5-year cycle for renewal.
- M-Number holders were given one year to write into DOT and preserve their number(s). RIPA assisted its members in fulfilling this task.
- Reconditioner numbers (“R” Numbers and “Registered Symbols” were allowed to continue for the purpose of marking packaging).
- Members were advised to look for correspondence from DOT re-establishing their M Number(s), as many are coming due for renewal in late 2022 and early 2023.
The RIPA meeting was well attended and featured an outstanding presentation by Bill Schoonover, PHMS OHMS, on “DOT Looks to the Future of Regulation”.