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Food Contact Materials (FCM) services from SGS ensure compliance with requirements for sale and distribution in global markets.

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FCM must not change the food they are in contact with or endanger human health. Globally, different markets maintain their own FCM regulations to stop products being placed on the market that alter our food or bring about a deterioration in its organoleptic characteristics.

FCM are defined as materials or products intended to come into contact with food, are already in contact with food, or may reasonably be expected to come into contact with food. They can be found in the machinery that processes our food, the packaging that carries our food, and the equipment we use to store, cook and eat our food.

SGS’s global network of laboratories can help you comply with the FCM regulations governing your target market.

Europe

In EU countries, Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 provides the general framework for FCM. Some products may also come under the scope of targeted regulations for ceramics, elastomers and various forms of plastic. Individual countries may differently interpret EU regulations or may maintain their own FCM standards, which will exceed EU standards.

European countries not in the EEA are not bound by EU regulations but may use them as a guide. 

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USA

FCM are regulated in the USA by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Stakeholders should also be aware of local prescriptions on FCM, including state specific requirements on bisphenol A (BPA), and state and county specific regulations on children’s products. Suppliers working in California also need to be aware of settlement agreements reached under California Proposition 65.

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Canada

FCM are regulated in Canada by the Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). To gain compliance, manufacturers should also be aware of regulations relating to asbestos, glazed ceramics and glassware, infant feeding bottle nipples, kettles, phthalates, and surface coating materials. 

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Mercosur (Southern Common Market)

Similar to EU and US regulations, FCM sold in Mercosur markets need to comply with its general safety requirements, GMC Resolution Number 3/92. They must also conform to resolutions covering glass and ceramics, elastomers, adhesives, polymeric and resinous coatings, metals and alloys, and two resolutions for plastic additives and colorants. 

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Asia Pacific Region

FCM regulations in the Asia Pacific Region are defined by complexity. Without a single common market, jurisdictions maintain localized regulations, some of which are based on international requirements. Stakeholders are advised to consider the regulations that pertain specifically to their target market to ensure compliance.

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In all regions, compliance for FCM can be a complex process for economic operators. To avoid costly non-compliance, suppliers are advised to seek professional regulatory assistance for their target market.