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Materials and articles in contact with food — good manufacturing practice

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Materials and articles in contact with food — good manufacturing practice

SUMMARY OF:

Commission Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 — good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food

SUMMARY

WHAT DOES THE REGULATION DO?

It lays down rules on good manufacturing practice (GMP)* for materials and articles that come into contact with food.

KEY POINTS

  • The legislation applies to all sectors and all stages of manufacture, processing and distribution of materials and articles.
  • Businesses must:
    • conform with good manufacturing practice;
    • establish, implement and apply an effective and documented quality assurance system*;
    • establish and maintain an effective quality control system;
    • establish and maintain appropriate records, either in paper or electronic form, on specifications, formulae and processing on the safety of the individual product and the various manufacturing operations.
  • Good manufacturing practice covers objects such as containers, packaging, paper, cardboard, ink and adhesives which could come into contact with food.
  • Quality assurance systems take account of:
    • the staff’s knowledge and skills and the organisation of the premises and equipment;
    • the size of the business to prevent them being an excessive burden.
  • Quality control systems include:
    • monitoring the implementation of good manufacturing practice; and
    • identifying and correcting any measures that fall short of the required standards.
  • An amendment (Regulation (EC) No 282/2008) sets out a specific quality assurance system for recycled plastic materials and articles that come into contact with food.

FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

It has applied since 1 August 2008.

KEY TERMS

* Good manufacturing practice: those aspects of quality assurance that ensure materials and articles conform to quality standards, do not endanger human health or cause an unacceptable change in the composition of the food.

* Quality assurance system: organised and documented arrangements that ensure materials and articles meet the quality required.

ACT

Commission Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 of 22 December 2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food (OJ L 384, 29.12.2006, pp. 75-78)

Subsequent amendments to Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 have been incorporated into the basic text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

last update 02.05.2016

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