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Food contact materials and articles (FCMs) destined for certain markets are required to be tested by designated (approved) laboratories and/or certified by Certification Bodies before they can access these important markets.

These procedures provide formal recognition to competency that independently and impartially verify compliance to a standard or regulation to allow economic operators to access these highly controlled but important markets.

In the Asia Pacific Region, Japan requires foreign laboratories to be designated in order to conduct testing on FCM (and other products) under the Japan Food Sanitation Act (JFSA) for formal acceptance by its quarantine stations. China requires FCMs to be tested by laboratories accredited by the China National Accreditation Services (CNAS), China Metrology Accreditation (CMA) and China Metrology Accreditation for Food (CMAF) whilst neighboring Republic of Korea (South Korea) requires laboratories to be approved by the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.

In the Americas, food contact glass and ceramics destined for Colombia and Mexico are required to undergo certification before these products can be released on to their respective markets. Similarly, certification is required for melamine dinnerware products to Kuwait, and FCMs to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Saudi Arabia.

The laws and standards for certain important markets requiring designated laboratories and/or certification of food contact goods are summarized in Table 1.

Jurisdiction Citation Scope
China
  • China Food Safety Law, April 2015
  • GB 4806.1-2016 ‘General Safety requirements on Food Contact Materials and Articles’
Food contact materials and articles
Colombia Resolution number 1900:2008 Ceramics and glass
India Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018 Food contact materials and articles
Indonesia SNI 7322:2008 ‘Melamine Products – Eating and Drinking Equipment’ Melamine products
SNI 8218:2015 ‘Paper and paperboard for food packaging’ Paper and paperboard
Japan Act No. 233 of 24 December 1947 ‘Japan Food Sanitation Act’, Chapter III ‘Apparatus, Containers and Packaging’ Food contact materials and articles
Kuwait Kuwait Conformity Assurance Scheme Guidelines QW-750-21 Melamine Dinnerware
Mexico NOM-231-SSA1-2016 Glazed pottery, glazed ceramics, porcelain and glassware
Saudi Arabia SASO GSO 2231:2012 ‘General Requirements for the Materials Intended to Come into Contact with Food’ Food contact materials and articles
South Korea
  • Food Sanitation Act
  • Korea Standards and Specifications for Utensils, Containers and Packaging for Food Products (Chapter 7 of the Korean Food Code)
Food contact materials and articles
Taiwan
  • Act Governing Food Sanitation
  • Sanitation standards for food utensils, containers and packages, August 2013
Food contact materials and articles
Thailand
  • Act Governing Food Sanitation (the Act)
  • Sanitary Standard for Food Utensils, Containers and Packages
Food contact materials and articles
United Arab Emirates Cabinet Resolution No 20 of 2015 ‘UAE Scheme to Control Food Contact Materials’ Food contact materials and articles
Vietnam
  • Food Safety Law (No. 55/2010/QH12)
  • Technical standards/Regulations including QCVN 12-1:2011/BYT ‘Plastics’
Food contact materials and articles

Table 1.