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The FRN Product Weight Protocol

FRN Product Weight Protocol 2016


As of 1 November 2015, the FRN Product Weight Protocol (PWP), formally known as the FRN Average Weights List, requires the purchase of an annual licence from the FRN. The licence is agreed with and recognised by UK regulators who will be checking PWP licences whilst carrying out their inspections on UK reuse and recycling operations.

What is the FRN PWP?

The FRN PWP (previously known as FRN Average Weights List) is a list of the average weight of over 200 products. The list is used by reuse and recycle organisations from all over the UK to ensure that they provide UK regulators with the correct information of their operations. FRN first published their data in 2003 and have since made 3 different editions through updates in the data held in the PWP.

How can I get a PWP licence?

Fill out the Expression of Interest form and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . From the information you have supplied we will be able to determine the fee we request of you and how you intend to use the FRN’s PWP data.

An invoice and final licence agreement will be sent out. On receipt of payment and the completed licence agreement the PWP data will be delivered and use can commence.

How are fees determined and what are they?

Licence fees are based upon the individual organisation and the type of use of the PWP data.

Multi-user and distributor fees are conditional and calculated according to information provided by the licensee.

The FRN PWP will be available to all FRN members as part of their annual membership fee.

The fee will be from £300, depending on the outcome of the FRN checks.

How will the FRN monitor the licence?

The FRN PWP is formally accepted and recognised by UK Regulators. FRN will periodically provide regulators with a list of current licence holders in order for checks to be carried out.

The FRN and the regulators have been working closely on the development and launch of the FRN PWP and annual licence, and will continue to work together to ensure that the correct version of the PWP is being used and that organisation licences are valid.  Failure to provide a current licence agreement will be reported to FRN and the organisation dealt with accordingly.

The FRN will also be carrying out periodic inspections of the licensee’s use of FRN PWP.

Contact details

To download the PWP Expressions of Interest Form, click here.

If you have any further questions or prefer to have the Expressions of Interest form sent to you, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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