IBE-BVI group

The history of the IBE-BVI group

Creation of IBE-BVI npma

Created as a non-profit organization with neutral position. 

Creation of IBE-BVI bvba (ltd)

New facilities were built and the lab testing activities were separated in a new, parallel company.

Subcontractor for TNO Packaging NL + expansion test-lab

Creation of T&CPI

First foreign daughter company based in The Netherlands.

Our team

Our Team

Ann Delmotte, General Manager

As the general manager of the Belgian Packaging Institute, Ann oversees strategic planning and operations, ensuring adherence to industry standards and fostering innovation in packaging testing and solutions. 

Marleen Calcoen, Director

In her position as director Marleen monitors the healthy financial position of IBE-BVI and she is no stranger to personnel matters. Moreover, as a sector operator, she follows developments in legislation and standards regarding packaging and aims to transfer information to the industry through training and the newsletter.

Head of Departments & Quality Responsible

Len D'heygere

Head of Department MTC

As the head of the Materials, Transport, and Climate department, Len leads the team focusing on supportive research and implementation of packaging materials. Len emphasizes the importance of consulting and listening to customer preferences, with a central focus on detail and a critical analytical approach, aiming to achieve functional, environmentally friendly, and efficient packaging solutions.

Sara Geeroms

Head of Department FCM

As head of the Food Contact Materials department of the Belgian Packaging Institute, Sara monitors developments in regulations regarding food contact for the packaging and food industry. Sara's role involves leading a team in performing analyses to ensure the conformity and suitability of (packaging) materials and articles intended for food contact, fostering consumer trust and wellbeing.

Dimitri De Valck, Head of Department DGP & (F)IBCs

As the head of the Dangerous Goods Packaging department at the Belgian Packaging Institute, Dimitri leads efforts to ensure the safe handling and transportation of hazardous materials. Dimitri's role involves overseeing compliance with regulatory requirements, conducting testing and certification of packaging designed for dangerous goods. 

Kevin Keymeulen

Quality Responsible

As the quality responsible, Kevin’s role involves ensuring our services meet the established standards, conducting inspections/audits and driving continuous improvement. This requires attention to detail, analytical skills, and collaboration with cross-functional teams.

Geert Vanderidt

Analyst Consultant CRP

As the responsible of the Child-Resistant Packaging department at the Belgian Packaging Institute, Geert spearheads initiatives to test and certify packaging solutions that prevent unauthorized access to potentially harmful substances, ensuring the safety of children. 

T&C Packaging International

Hans van Crugten

Project Manager

As the main contact in the Netherlands office of T&CPI, Hans serves as a liaison between the institute and stakeholders in the Dutch packaging industry. 

Our Vacancies

Do you want to join the team?

Sorry, we have no vacancies open at the moment. 



European Directive

A binding text that obliges each Member State to obtain a certain result within a certain period. The directive contains "essential requirements". A directive must be converted into national law, where the national authoroties can choose the form and means.

European Regulation

A binding text which is directly applicable in all Member States.

European Decision

A binding text for those to whom she has been aimed explicitly; vb. a Member State, a EU citizen, or a certain group EU citizens

European Resolution

A non-binding communication of the Council or the European Parliament

Royal Decree

A binding text at Belgian level


A standard describes by means of technical data how something must be carried out. There exist international standards (ISO), European standards (EC) and national standards (NBN, DIN, B, NF etc.). The compliance with standards in itself is legally not enforcable. It is however possible that enforcable legislation refers, such as a law or a Royal Decree, to specific standards. In that case these standards get a more enforcable character, which they borrow then from the legislation which refers to these standards

European harmonised standard

A standard which lies in line of the essential requirements of the concerning directive

CR (committee report)

A technical report of CEN that it is not published officially as a standard

In the debate on packaging the essential functions of a packaging are frequently overlooked, and for this reason it is usefull to quote them:


Packaging allows to keep the products as long as necessary with conservation of quality.


A good packaging is the best guarantee for good hygiene.


The diversification of the packaging allows to adapt the product to the preference, the habits and use patterns of the consumer.


Packaging allow to adapt the quantity of the product to the need of the consumer.


A good packaging ensures that the product can be transported from the place of production to the place of processing or consumption without damage and/or quality reduction.


Packaging must make it possible to pill up the products without damage on the place of production, during the transport, in rise spaces and on the place of processing or sale.


The packaging is the bests place for the identification of the product (mark), the instructions for use, all legal indications (price, weight, etc.), mastering instruments (barcode, etc..) and all other desirable environmental information (material identification, recyclability, etc.).

Mark and publicity

The packaging carries the mark which allows to recognise the products more easily. Also the packaging allows to communicate with the consumer for the support for the publicity


Additional demands which can be made to some packaging:
- burglar system
- security
- gebruiksvriendelijkheid
- machinability/process ability

Source: "Durf uw verpakkingen in vraag stellen" edited by PRO vzw

Identification codes

At European level the Directive 1994/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste obliges to obtain certain quotes for recycling and valorisation.
In this directive a provision is also made concerning a marking and identification system. In elaboration of this provision decision 1997/129/EC of the european commission appeared regarding the identification system for packaging.
In this decision each packaging material is granted with a code and an abreviation, in order to allow an identification of the packaging materials with a view to facilitate the collection, reuse, recovery including recyucling. At present this is still a voluntary system.

Polyethylene terephtalatePET1
High density polyethyleneHDPE2
Polyvinyl chloridePVC3
Low density polyethyleneLDPE4

Numbers 7 till 19 are left open in order to allow new developments and technologies to specify new plastics.

Corrugated fibreboardPAP20
Non-corrugated fibreboardPAP21

Numbers 23 till 39 are left open in order to allow new developments and technologies to specify new cardboard types.


Numbers 42 till 49 are left open in order to allow new developments and technologies to specify new metals.


Numbers 52 till 59 are left open in order to allow new developments and technologies to specify new types.


Numbers 62 till 69 are left open in order to allow new developments and technologies to specify new textile types.

Colourless glassGL70
Green glassGL71
Brown glassGL72

Numbers 73 till 79 are left open in order to allow new developments and technologies to specify new glass types.

Composite MaterialAbreviationCode
Paper & fibreboard/miscellaneous metalsC/*80
Paper & fibreboard/plasticC/*81
Paper & fibreboard/aluminiumC/*82
Paper & fibreboard/tinplateC/*83
Paper & fibreboard/plastic/aluminiumC/*84
Paper & fibreboard/plastic/aluminium/tinplateC/*85
Plastic/miscellaneous metalsC/*92
Glass/miscellaneous metalsC/*98

 (*) Abreviation: C/ plus abreviation of the predominant material.
Numbers are left open in order to allow new developments and technologies to specify new composites.

Symbols for "recycable":

For plastics generally the mobiusloop (3 turning arrows) are combined with numbers/abreviations. This is originating from the DIN 6120 standard regardin the marking of plastic packaging in view of their recycling. This system is also promoted by the Society of Plastic Industries (SPI) in America.
Example for LDPE 

Paper & fibreboard
For fibreboard generally the mobiusloop (3 turning arrows) is used.

Attention: All Member States have converted Directive 1994/62/EC in their own national legislation.
In the frame of recycling a lot of organisations were created to this concern.
In Germany there is for instance the organisation RESY who organise the valorisation of the paper and fibreboard packaging waste. If you affiliate to this organisation, you can use the resy-symbol (also the mobiusloop but combined with your affliation number to Resy) on your packages. http://www.resy.de/

In the case of aluminium the logo showed below is used to demonstrate his recycability. Inside the two arrows the chemical symbol for aluminium is mentionned (al) or more common (alu).

For steel the European Union of Steel manufacturers, APEAL, has designed a logo to demonstrate the good recycablity of steel packages. The logo symbolises the unique attraction between a steel packages and a magnet, allowing this fraction to be separated easily from the other household waste.

The european glass industry promotes the use of the logo showed below in order to incite the consumers to depose their glass packages into the glass balls for rycling.

Managing of different UN marks for IBC


Metal IBC made from steel, destinated for the transport of solids

11A/Y/* **

Flexible IBC, destinated for the transport of solids 

13H3/Z/* **

* = month of production
** = year of production

Every IBC manufactured and intended for use in accordance with the regulations must bear a durable and clearly legible marking, at least 12 mm in font size, composed as follows:

a) the UN symbol for packaging: If the marking is stamped or embossed on metal IBCs, this symbol may be replaced by the capital letters "UN";

b) the code of the IBC-type: eg 11A - 13H3
c) a capital letter identifying the packaging group (s) for which the construction type was approved:
            i) X: packing groups I, II and III (IBCs for solids only) ;
           ii) Y: packing groups II and III ;
          iii) Z: only packing group III
d) the month and year (last two digits) of manufacture;
e) the symbol of the State which has granted the mark using the licence number of cars in international road traffic;
f) the name or mark of the manufacturer and any other identification mark of the IBC established by the competent authority;
g) the load in kg, with which the stacking test was carried out. IBCs which are not designed to be stacked must bear the figure "0";
h) the maximum permissible gross mass or - for flexible IBCs - the maximum permissible load, in kg.

The various elements of the basic characteristic must be displayed in the order of the above paragraphs.

IBE-BVI participates in different-work groups responsible for elaborating standards regarding packaging. For certain work groups IBE-BVI even ensures the chairmanship, for other groups it delegates persons, within its members, based upon their expertise.
Supplementary information on standardization:

Within the European Committee of Standardization (CEN) the Technical Committee 261 (abbreviated TC 261) is responsible for all standardization activities related to packaging.
The objectives of TC 261 are: drawing up of standards concerning the terminology, the dimensions, the capacity, the marking, the environment, the testing methods and the performance requirements regarding packaging and unit loads. It concerns the primary as well as the secondary and tertiary packaging, unit loads included.
The packaging is examined regardless of the material it is made of, its shape or contents and regardless of the distribution system or transport mode used.
All aspects concerning the environmental impact, recycling included, are also examined.

TC 261 « Packaging » is divided into 2 Subcommittees (SC) which are each active in their domain namely :

  • SC 4 : Packaging and the environment
  • SC 5 : Primary and transport packaging

Finally every Subcommittee is divided into Work-Groups (WG):

TC 261/SC 4 :

WG 1 : Terminology, symbols & criteria for LCA of packaging
WG 2 : Degradability of packaging & Packaging materials
WG 3 : Material recovery
WG 4 : Energy recovery
WG 6 : Prevention
WG 7 : Reuse
WG 8 : Heavy metals & other dangerous substances

TC 261/SC 5 :
WG 1.2 : Marking
WG 1.3 : Dimensional coordination
WG 1.4 : Test method & test schedules
WG 1.5 : Range of capacities
WG 1.6 : Packaging of dangerous goods
WG 2.1 : glass packaging
WG 2.2 : Metal packaging
WG 2.3 : Paper & paperboard packaging WG 2.4 : Drums
WG 2.5 : Rigid plastic packages
WG 2.6 : Packages made from flexible Material
WG 2.7 : Child resistant packaging
WG 3.1 : SLC (Small Load Carrier System)
WG 3.3 : Tensional strapping & accessories WG 3.4 : Pallets
WG 3.6 : Rigid plastic packaging
WG 3.7 : Intermediate bulk containers
WG 3.8 : Roll containers

Within the International Standardization Organization (ISO) the Technical Committee 122 (abbreviated TC 122) is responsible for all standardization activities related to packaging.

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