The European Promotional Products Association (EPPA) has been established in 1999 as an European industry organisation for the European promotional product market. Its membership consists of associations from European countries that represent suppliers (manufacturers, importers) and distributors (promotional product traders and consultants).
The promotional product industry has been influenced by the increasing internationalisation of its business operations and, due to its extensive range of products, is heavily dependent on EU legislation. Therefore, EPPA’s primary concern is to shape the basic political, social and economic conditions of the European promotional product market to balance the local and European wide needs and requirements.
Current: Chairman of SBPR, Svensk Branschförening för Profil- och Reklamprodukter Sweden
Current: Company Secretary of Promota UK and responsible for Finance, Education.
Current: President of FYVAR Asociación de Fabricantes y Vendedores de Artículos de Regalo Publicitario y Promocional (Spain/Portugal), and Country Manager of Paul Stricker.
There is a new ISO standard in development, called ISO/PC 308 Chain of Custody.
The new ISO initiative presented by Holland will create a new ISO standard - (It is only Countries who can take an initiative to a new ISO standard).
Holland has been preparing this initiative for 18 months, they have done a great job.
All countries were invited to attend the start up conference which was held in Amsterdam 9-10 March 2017.
At this start up conference the group set up the rules for the coming work with this Chain of Custody.
The work to complete the ISO standard Chain of Custody (CoC) will take at least 24 - 36 months.
Kjell Harbom Vice President of EPPA represented the promotions industry and the Swedish delegation
Kjell Harbom commented “It was very interesting to listen to the other countries view points. The Dutch proposal is very much made for very big multinational companies and the alternative proposal from Sweden (also EPPA) is more adapted to small and medium sized companies like the promotional product suppliers.
Sweden had great support for this proposal from Germany, France, Japan and England. That’s good for the Promotions industry.”