European Food Contact Regulations

The European Union’s definition of food contact materials includes both food packaging materials and other materials or components expected to come into contact with food – from personal coffee machines to commercial food processing machinery.

Our experts can provide consultative advice and analytical support to help clients meet food packaging regulations within the European Union.

We can help you:

  • Understand the appropriate regulation(s) for your product/material
  • Demonstrate compliance via migration testing
  • Determine whether your analysis proves compliance

There are two main EU regulations covering food contact materials: The Framework Regulation No 1935/2004, and the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Regulation No 2026/2006.

Framework Regulation

This regulation details the basic rules including the requirement that articles and materials shall not transfer their components into the food in quantities that could endanger human health or bring about an unacceptable change to the composition, smell, or taste of the food.

This includes specific measures for some materials:

  • Plastics (EU Regulation 10/2011 and its amendments)
  • Regenerated Cellulose Films (Directive 2007/42/EC)
  • Ceramics (Directive 84/500/EEC as amended by Directive 2005/31/EC)

And also for some individual substances:

  • BADGE, BFDGE and NOGE (Regulation No 1895/2005)
  • Nitrosamines (Directive 93/11/EEC and BADGE, BFDGE and NOGE; Directive No 93/11/EEC

Read more on EU Regulation 10/2011 >

Read more on EU Framework Regulation 1935/2004 >

 

GMP Regulation

This stipulates general requirements for the quality assurance and control systems that are needed to prove compliance, along with some more specific guidance on use of printing inks and recycled plastics

 

The Smithers Difference:

  • Our experts have over 35 years’ experience helping clients demonstrate material compliance with European food contact regulations
  • Our analytical testing is supported by investigative analysis to help identify and resolve issues