The RIPA Board of Directors has adopted an amendment to the association’s Codes of Operating
Practice clarifying that as a condition of membership, all members of the association must comply
with the laws of the United States, including those related to antitrust, trademark and associated
The text of the amendment, which is shown in full below, will appear in the introductory section
in each of the association’s Codes of Practice (i.e. steel drums; plastic drums; fiber drums and
intermediate bulk containers).
[We] agree, regardless of our corporate location, to comply with the laws of the United States,
including but not limited to laws related to antitrust and unfair competition, trademark and
intellectual property rights, and contractual obligations.
According to RIPA President Paul Rankin, the new Code language will ensure that “all members
of the association understand clearly that their companies are expected to conform to exemplary
operational practices, which includes adherence to the nation’s anti-trust and trademark laws.”
As a condition of membership, all association members pledge annually to comply with the
association’s four Codes of practice (steel drum, plastic drum, fiber drum and intermediate bulk
container. A copy of the current (unamended) Codes can be found here. The newly revised
Codes will be available to members soon.