The Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) was founded in 1940. It is the entity responsible for elaborating technical standards in the country, providing the basis needed for Brazilian technological development.
It is a private, non-profit entity, recognized as the only National Standardization Forum through Resolution no. 07 of CONMETRO of 8/24/1992. It is a founding member of ISO (International Organization for Standardization), of COPANT (Pan-American Standards Commission) and AMN (Mercosur Standards Association).
ABNT is the official representative in Brazil of the following international entities: ISO (International Organization for Standardization), IEC (International Electro-technical Commission); and the regional standardization entities COPANT (Pan-American Standards Commission) and AMN (Mercosur Standardization Association).
Among the various Committees that comprise the ABNT, each representing a niche in our economy, there is the CB-23 – Brazilian Committee on Packaging and Packing, which since its creation, in 1982, has been hosted by ABRE, which gathers several Study Commissions, each one representing a segment of the packaging sector.
The Study Commissions are formed due to the need for the sector to standardize packaging, raw materials and testing employed to guarantee their quality.
The Study Commission meetings should include the presence of company representatives who supply raw materials, who manufacture and who use the packaging in question, as well as assay laboratories and government and consumer defense institutions.