The UK MOD requires that all companies who design, manufacture, supply and pack material entering into the Joint Supply Chain (JSC) do so to an acceptable standard…
The Military Packagers Approval Scheme (MPAS) is designed to ensure that where MilItary Level Packaging is specified it is designed and manufactured in compliance with all the relevant Defence Standards.
MPAS was introduced in June 2012 and is based on Defence Standard (Def Stan) 81-41 Pt 1-6. Any companies who supply material packed to Military Level to the UK MOD must ensure the packaging operation complies with MPAS, and that they are ISO 9001 certified.
The scheme is audited as part of a company’s ISO 9001 certification and only MPAS Certified Designers can submit a Service Packaging Instruction Sheet (SPIS) design to be used within the JSC.
Allan Webb provides SPIS management services to a number of MPAS registered companies.
Service Packaging Instruction Sheet (SPIS) Management
Where a company supplies an item to the MOD and requires access to the relevant Service Packaging Instruction Sheet (SPIS) this can be gained, if authorised, via a purchasable technical solution from the MOD for an initial one-off payment and an annual subscription. Alternatively for authorised companies Allan Webb is able to access the SPIS Index, which can supply the relevant details such as how an item should be packaged, dimensions, material, etc. This service is chargeable.
If that company has the necessary MPAS registration they are then able to package the item accordingly – if they do not, they would then contact an MPAS packaging company.
Where a SPIS does not exist, only an MPAS registered company can create a new one. A new SPIS must be uploaded to the Index for it to be formally recognised. As one of the most experienced contractors with the initial population and ongoing management of data in TDOL, Allan Webb is able to provide an essential service to MPAS registered companies for the management of SPISs.
For a company to achieve MPAS approval a comprehensive training programme must be undertaken followed by a final assessment.
Allan Webb is the MOD’s provider for this training. The training consists of two courses:
PRACTITIONER: A series of Computer Based Training (CBT) modules providing a base knowledge of Def Stan 81-41 and the SPIS design process.
EXPERT: A four day bespoke, or in-house classroom-based course that measure the delegate’s ability to design a SPIS for a variety of items in accordance with Def Stan 81-41.
Completion of the Practitioner course is a pre-requisite for attendance at the Expert course.
On completion of both the Practitioner and Expert course, a portfolio of work is then presented to the MPAS Management Board for consideration of the award of Designer Certification.
To find out more about how Allan Webb’s services could benefit you, contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone on 01453 824581.
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