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For food contact materials (FCM) to enter the EU market, in addition to the EU REACH regulations and the RoHS restricted substances requirements (if it is electricity-driven), manufacturers should also pay attention to the EU food contact material regulation – Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004. This regulation lays down the chemical requirement for FCM, such that these materials should not change the composition or organoleptic properties of the food substances. Migration limits are also set specifically for different plastic FCM as laid down in the Regulation (EC) No 10/2011.

In addition to the general EU FCM requirements, if manufacturers plan to import their food contact articles / materials to the Germany, France or Italy market, additional FCM requirements are specified and that they may also their own food contact materials classifications. The table on the right lists some examples of the special requirements for these markets other than those required by general EU.

Moreover, although not made as mandatory, the German market is especially aware of the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in household appliances. Therefore, manufacturers are highly recommended to test against PAH as listed in the German GS Mark requirements to increase the products’ market values.

To help clients to comply with all the necessary food contact requirements for the whole EU market, we are pleased to offer a 30% off discount to all FCM tests submitted through HK SGS Electrical and Electronics department. This irresistible offer only lasts till 30 Sept, 2012.

Type of food contact materials: Metal
Country Classifications Requirements
Germany Al-alloy Extractable heavy metals
Metals other than Al-alloy
France Al-alloy Metal composition (without coating)
Cast iron Lead content
Steel Contents on undesirable elements
Stainless Steel Metal composition (without coating)
Tin / Tin alloy Contents on undesirable elements
Zn/ Zn alloy Contents on undesirable elements
Specific migration of zinc
Italy Al-alloy Metal composition (without coating)
Stainless steel Overall migration test
Extractable heavy metals
Type of test: Organoleptic properties
Country Product Scope Requirements
Germany Any FCM Sensory Test
France Paper Sensory Test

*Please note that above table only listed some of the examples and may not be complete, the actual requirement depends on the actual sample received.

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  • This promotion can only be used for Electrical and Electronic Technology Laboratory Testing at SGS Hong Kong.

  • SGS Hong Kong reserves the final right to change the terms and conditions of the service guarantee without further notice. In case of disputes, SGS’s decision shall be final.

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