European Food Contact Regulations - Guidance towards Compliance of Materials and Articles

The dynamic regulatory landscape and an increasing number of regulations present a challenge for companies developing and manufacturing food packaging or other food contact materials and articles. Each company involved in the production process of a food contact substance, material or article is responsible for the compliance of his end product. For these stakeholders, it is important to know their obligations and to be able to demonstrate compliance.

On a European level, there are general obligations for all kind of food contact materials and a general "Good Manufacturing Practice" regulation. For numerous materials and substances, there are specific regulations and/or directives in place. One of the key documents is the EU Regulation 10/2011, which specifically applies to plastic food contact materials, and as of January 1, 2016, this regulation became fully enforced. For various materials, such as paper and board, colorants, pigments and inks, regulations do exist on a national level. In addition to this, there are numerous materials industry guidelines available which guide the safety of these materials.

In this white paper, we cover the key elements of the most important European regulations and guidelines and will also address the different steps towards achieving compliance for food contact materials.