Ecuador Issues Revised Draft Technical Regulation on Food Contact Ceramics

Ecuador has announced a revised proposal
that, if accepted, will update its technical regulation for food contact

The latest proposal, designated Ecuadorian
Technical Regulation RTE UNEN 010 (2R) – ‘Ceramic Tableware Intended to Come
into Contact with Food’, was circulated attached to World Trade Organization
(WTO) document no. 20-4675 on July 8, 2020. It has a new structure and contains
several important changes, including:

  • Revision
    to existing definitions and addition of new definitions
  • Addition
    of a table detailing the migration requirements for lead and cadmium (see
  • Mandating
    the list of information that must be included for labeling requirements.
  • Requirements
    for conformity evaluation procedure (Procedimiento de Evaluación de la Conformidad (PEC)), including:

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    1. Inspection and sampling
    2. Requiring four identical units/samples for testing
    3. Product certificate of conformity (CoC)
    4. Supplier declaration of conformity (DoC)
    5. Test reports recognized by the Ecuadorian
      Accreditation Service (Servicio de Acreditación Ecuatoriano, SAE)

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The table detailing the migration
requirements (criteria for 4 units) for lead and cadmium covers:


  • Flatware ≤
    0.8 mg/dm² (average)
  • Small
    Hollowware ≤ 2 mg/l
  • Large
    Hollowware ≤ 1 mg/l
  • Storage
    Hollowware ≤ 0.5 mg/l
  • Cups and
    Mugs ≤ 0.5 mg/l
  • Cooking
    Ware≤ 0.5 mg/l

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  • Flatware ≤
    0.07 mg/dm² (average)
  • Small
    Hollowware ≤ 0.5 mg/l
  • Large
    Hollowware ≤ 0.25 mg/l
  • Storage Hollowware
    ≤ 0.25 mg/l
  • Cups and
    Mugs ≤ 0.25 mg/l
  • Cooking
    Ware ≤ 0.25 mg/l

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The table lists ISO 6486-2 as the standard
and ISO 6486-1 or NTE INEN ISO 6486-1 as the test standard.

Ecuador is currently holding a
consultation on the proposal. Once approved, Ecuadorian Technical Regulation
RTE UNEN 010 (2R) will enter into force six months after it is published in the
Official Register, according to the WTO document in Q1 of 2021. It will replace
RTE INEN 010:2013 (IR) and Amendments 1, 2 and 3:2014 on food contact ceramics.

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