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Vietnam is proposing a new technical regulation for food contact plastics and food contact containers for certain dairy products. If approved, the new law could become effective in mid-2018.

On September 11, 2017, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a notification announcing a draft technical regulation from Vietnam to regulate food contact plastics and food contact containers for certain dairy products. This draft technical regulation, QCVN 12-1:2017/BYT and attached to WTO document number 17-4767 [1], defines the specifications for a number of food contact products, including:

  • Food contact plastics made from 13 types of synthetic resin or polymer (Annexes 1 to 13, see Table 1)

  • Food contact plastics made from synthetic resins or polymers other than those in Annexes 1 to 13 (Annex 14, see Table 1)

  • Food contact containers for certain dairy products, such as milk and milk powder (Annex 15)

The draft technical regulation also provides detailed preparative and analytical procedures for meeting the specifications in each of the listed food contact plastics and/or food contact dairy containers. If approved, this technical regulation could repeal QCVN 12-1:2011/BYT ‘National technical regulation on safety and hygiene for synthetic resin implement, container and packaging in direct contact with foods’.

The new technical regulation conforms to the Vietnam Food Sanitation Law 2010 (Law Number 55/2010/QH12 of June 28, 2010).

According to WTO document number 17-4767, it is proposed this draft technical regulation will be adopted and published on December 1, 2017, with entry into force in mid-2018.

Highlights of the fourteen types of resin or polymer in the draft technical regulation are summarized in Table 1.

Draft QCVN 12-1:2017/BYT
National technical regulation on the limits safety of synthetic resin implement, container and packaging in direct contact with foods and the safety limits of container-packages of milk and milk products
Annex
Food Contact Synthetic Resin or Polymer
Annex
Food Contact Synthetic Resin or Polymer
1
Phenol, Melamine and Urea
8
Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)
2
Formaldehyde
9
Nylon (Polyamide, PA)
3
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
10
Polymethylpentene (PMP)
4
Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP)
11
Polycarbonate (PC)
5
Polystyrene (PS)
12
Polylactic acid (PLA)
6
Polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC)
13
Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)
7
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
14
Synthetic resins other than those in Annexes 1 to 13

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Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest requirements for food contact materials and articles for the Vietnam market.

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