Colombia Establishes New Technical Regulation for Food Contact Glass and Ceramics

Colombia has published a resolution to establish a
technical regulation covering tableware and articles of glass, ceramic and
glass-ceramic that are intended to come into contact with food. It also covers
ceramic cookware.

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection published
Resolution No. 1440/2021 in September 2021. It has several provisions,

  • List of HS codes for
    products that are within scope are provided, with clarification that the
    characteristics of a product will also be considered for determining whether it
    falls within scope
  • Exemptions defined, including
    personal belongings as established by the National Tax and Customs Directorate
    and articles for decorative purposes, but such articles are obliged to have a
    label, sticker, marking or permanent marking indicating ‘Producto decorative,
    no apto para contacto con alimentos’ (Decorative products, not suitable for
    food contact’)
  • Standards and
    migration requirements for lead and cadmium defined:

    • NTC ISO 6486 Parts 1 and 2
    • NTC ISO 7086 Parts 1 and 2
    • NTC ISO 8391 Parts 1 and 2
  • Parts 1 and 2 to ISO
    6486, ISO 7086 and ISO 8391 accepted as equivalent to the corresponding NTC
    standards in the point above
  • Labeling requirements
    must be in Spanish (without prejudice to other languages) for product labels
    (Article 6)
  • Sampling must be carried
    out in accordance with ISO 2859-1 at the inspection level that is determined by
    the Certification Body (
  • Product certificate of conformity (CoC) must be issued under Scheme 1b
    (batch), 4 or 5
  • Testing to be carried out by laboratories that are ISO/IEC 17025 accredited
    by the National Accreditation Body of Colombia (ONAC), or by a laboratory
    accredited by an Accreditation Body belonging to the Mutual Recognition
    Agreements (MRA) of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation
  • Products must have a CoC that is issued by a CB accredited by ONAC, or
    an Accreditation Body belonging to the Multilateral Recognition Agreements
    (MRA) of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), of which the ONAC is a
  • Declaration of conformity (DoC) accepted in accordance with ISO/IEC
    17050 Parts 1 and 2 for domestic manufacturers and importers until at least one
    CB has been accredited by ONAC:

    • DoC will only be valid for 30 days from the
      date of the accreditation of the first CB
  • Clarifies that products manufactured and imported under Resolution
    1893/2019, extended by Resolution 1163/2020, are obliged to demonstrate
    compliance with the new Resolution

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To see the ‘permissible release limits of lead and
cadmium in ceramic, glass-ceramic and glass dinnerware in contact with food’
with testing according to NTC ISO 6486, NTC ISO 7086 and NTC ISO 8391, see
SGS’s original SafeGuard 143/21.

The new resolution will
come into effect on March 20, 2022.

SGS Food Contact Materials Services

SGS’s technical experts have extensive experience of testing materials and
articles in contact with food. They can ensure that your products meet the
appropriate regulations for food contact materials and pave the way for
compliance. SGS offers the full range of testing, including migration tests,
along with expert advice on emerging regulations, compliance issues and
documentation review. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested.
Learn more about SGS’s Food Contact Materials Services.


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