In 1958 the National Graphic Arts Co-operation - Central Graphic Arts Laboratory (CLP) (Zjednoczenie Przemysłu Poligraficznego Centralnego - Laboratorium Poligraficzne) has been founded. This entity has been merged with the Central Graphic Paint Laboratory in Dazig (Centralne Laboratorium Farb Graficznych w Gdańsku) and the Central Ephemera and Packaging Laboratory in Lodz (Centralnym Laboratorium Akcydensów i Opakowań w Łodzi) in 1971. On January 1st 1973 the merger has been renamed by the Ministry of Culture and Art to Research & Development for the Graphic Arts.
The facility has been renamed to the Research & Development Centre for the Graphic Arts in 1985. The supervisory identity of the research center has also been renamed from the Ministry of Culture and Art to Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
COBRPP is formally a Research Institute whose activities are regulated by legal provisions within Act regarding Research Institutes (Dz. U. 2010 Nr 96 poz. 618) introduced on April 30th 2010. Research Institute activities are also regulated by the act regarding science financing (Dz. U. 2010 Nr 96 poz. 615) introduced on the same day.
As of 2016 the Research & Development Centre for the Graphic Arts has successfully introduced an Integrated Management System (IMS) which includes ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS), ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System (EMS) and PN N 1800:2004 Occupational Health and Safety Management System (SMS).
The mission of the Research & Development Centre for the Graphic Arts is to fulfill the scientific and research & development needs of publishing houses, graphic arts companies and print industry customers. COBRPP aids companies in the broadly defined printing industry in an intelligent and sustainable development using digitization, nanotechnologies and nanomaterials.
The foundation of the research facility is its competent and committed faculty, modern tools and methods of scientific research and implementation. Through the statutory work COBRPP has strengthened the printing environment starting from vocational school students, through employees of printing, to professionals in postgraduate studies.
COBRPP takes part in various activities concerning graphic arts such as: