Guide to UK Legal Compliance and Good Practice for Business Documentation: Materials and Articles in Contact with Food

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This guide is relevant to companies that, in the course of their business, manufacture and/or use materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, or that could be brought into contact with food or that could be the source of chemical migration into food. These companies range from large to small in size and scale of operation and include material and article manufacturers, their raw material suppliers (such as those that supply polymer resins), material recyclers, converters, packers and fillers, importers and sellers on the market prior to the point of retail sale. It is also relevant to environmental and port health and trading standards officers involved in the enforcement of the law governing these materials and articles.
This guide addresses

  • the legal requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 on materials and articles in contact with food in relation to business documentation as it is required in conjunction with Regulation (EC) No. 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice;
  • particular requirements in specific EU measures enacted in legislation across the UK dealing with declarations of compliance as they apply to the materials that are the subject of those measures; and
  • good practice in this area.
Richard Sinclair
UK Food Standard Agency