SGS Publishes Summary of EDQM Food Contact Paper and Board Guidelines

Stakeholders are reminded that the European Directorate
for the Quality of Medicines & Healthcare (EQDM) has published the first
edition of its technical guide, ‘Paper and board used in food contact materials
and articles.’ This supersedes the Council of Europe’s Policy statement,
Version 4 dated February 12, 2009.

in May 2021, this publication consists of two parts:

  • Part I. Council of
    Europe Resolution CM/Res (2020) 9 on the safety and
    quality of materials and articles for contact with food
  • Part II. Technical
    guide on paper and board used in food contact materials and articles – a
    supplementary guide to Resolution CM/Res (2020) 9 that provides additional
    requirements for food contact paper and board

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Food contact materials (FCM) made from paper and board
with additional requirements include:

  • Baking and filter
  • Cups
  • Food packaging
  • Kitchen towels
  • Napkins
  • Plates
  • Straws

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Stakeholders should be aware recycled materials can be
used in the manufacture of these products, except for filter, cooking and
baking paper.

The document also includes details of specific
migration requirements for a wide range of substances, including bisphenol A
(BPA), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP, lead, and primary
aromatic amines (PPAs).

For a summary of the requirements in EQDM’s technical
guide, view SGS’s original
SafeGuard 116/21.

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.


keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods
industry. Read the full EDQM Issues Guideline
for Food Contact Paper and Board

here to receive SGS SafeGuardS
direct to your inbox.

further information contact:

Dr HingWo Tsang

Global Information and Innovation Manager

Tel: (+852) 2774 7420





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