Little Pro on 2017-03-01 Views: Update:2018-10-17
EU's food contact legislation has set out mandatory requirement that business operators provide written declaration of compliance (DOC) for some types of food contact materials (i.e, plastics). China has similar requirements on DOC for food contact materials and containers. In this article, we will provide a summary of basic requirements on the declaration of compliance (DOC). Sample declaration of compliance (DOC) will be given in the end of this article.
Firstly, you need to know which food contact materials require the declaration of compliance (DOC) and who should provide the declaration of compliance. In EU, the DOC is mandatory for food contact plastics (including recycled plastics), active and intelligent materials, ceramics and regenerated cellulose film. For other types of food contact materials (i.e, paper, inks), DOC is not mandatory at the moment.
The EU plastics regulation further requires that a written declaration of compliance (DoC) be provided for finished plastic materials and articles, products from intermediate stages of their manufacturing as well as for the substances intended for the manufacturing of those materials and articles (excluding retail stage).
Each manufacturer has to declare their compliance under his responsibility depending on his role in the supply chain and communicate his DoC to customers (see below example).
The plastics regulation further requires that the written declaration of compliance for food contact materials contain the following information. They can be modified for use for other types of food contact materials as well.
The picture below is a sample of declaration of compliance (DoC) for plastic food contact materials given by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and it has included all required info. Click here to download the sample DoC template in pdf format. The template can be easily modified for use for other types of food contact materials.
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