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Food contact materials and articles importing to China shall fulfill the mandatory requirements laid down in GB standards.

The tests that are covered in the GB standards commonly involve:

  • Color migration
  • Evaporation residues
  • Monomers migration, e.g. formaldehyde

GB 9685 is the standard on requirement of additives to be used in food contact materials.

In April 2013, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of People’s Republic of China (NHFPC) notice 2013-5 has been updated. This list contacts 258 new additives for food containers and packaging meterials, including their name, application scope and other restrictive requirements.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of GB standards and applicable materials:

 Standard Application material
 GB 9687-88  PE
 GB 9688-88  PP
 GB 9689-88  PS
 GB 14942-94  PC
 GB 16332-96  Nylon
 GB 17326-98  ABS
 GB 9690-2009  Melamine
 GB 4806.1-94  Rubber Product (except nipple)
 GB 13113-91


 GB 11678-89

 PTFE Coating

 GB 11333-89  Aluminium
 GB 9684-2011  Stainless Steel
 GB 19778-2005  Glass
 GB 12651-2003  Ceramic Ware (non-cooking)

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Kenji NG
t: + 852 2334 4481 ext. 1209

Mr. Ronald TSE
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 1813

Mr. Toby LEE
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 1805

Get a Copy in PDF version: Regulatory Update for Food Contact Materials in China

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