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Colombia Regulates Food Contact Glass and Ceramic Under Emergency Technical Regulation

SafeGuardSHardgoods, HardgoodsJanuary 10, 2020

Colombia has published an Emergency Technical Regulation for the migration of heavy metals from food contact glass and ceramic. These became effective in July 2019 and are valid for 12 months.

In July 2019, the Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection (Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social) published Resolution 1893 of July 16, 2019 (Resolución Número 1893 de 2019 (16 JUL 2019)) to regulate the migration of lead and cadmium from food contact glass, ceramic and similar products. 

The resolution contains several important provisions, including:

  1. A list of HS codes for products falling under the scope – product characteristics will also be taken into consideration
  2. Establishing migration limits for lead and cadmium
  3. Requiring product conformity certificates in relation to Scheme 1b, 4 or 5 under the NTC-ISO/IEC 17067 standard
  4. Requiring conformity assessments to be carried out by laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by the National Accreditation Agency of Colombia (Organismo Nacional de Acreditación de Colombia, ONAC) or a laboratory accredited by an Accreditation Body belonging to the Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA) of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and which ONAC is a signatory and using the following standards:
    • Norma Técnica Colombiana NTC 4634:2014 ‘Ceramicware in contact with food: Release of lead and cadmium’ (ISO 6486-1 is accepted as equivalent)
    • Norma Técnica Colombiana NTC 3537:1993 ‘Ceramics cookware for cooking in contact with food. Release of lead and cadmium. Permissible limits and method of test’ (ISO 8391 Parts 1 and 2 are accepted as equivalent)
    • Norma Técnica Colombiana NTC 3536:1993 ‘Glassware and glass ceramicware in contact with food. Release of lead and cadmium. Permissible limits and method of test’ (ISO 7086 parts 1 and 2 are accepted as equivalent)
  5. Requiring a certificate of conformity (CoC) issued by a Certification Body accredited by ONAC or an accreditation body belonging to the Multilateral Recognition Agreements (MLA) where ONAC is a signatory (ISO/IEC 17065)
  6. This regulation retains the requirements that were established under Resolution No. 1900:2008 by the Ministry of Health and whose validity expired on December 31, 2018

The resolution is valid until July 16, 2020 (12 months).

Highlights of the resolution on the requirements for lead and cadmium migration are summarized in Table 1.

Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection
Resolution 1893 of 2019 (July 16)
CategoryMigration Requirements
 Lead Cadmium
Ceramics and Porcelain
Flatware (≤ 25 mm internal depth)
≤ 1.7 mg/dm²≤ 0.17 mg/dm²
Articles that can be filled (> 25 mm internal depth)
Small Hollow ware
(< 1.1L)
≤ 5.0 mg/L
≤ 0.5 mg/L
Large Hollow ware
(1.1L ≤ capacity < 3L)
≤ 2.5 mg/L
≤ 0.25 mg/L
Cups and mugs and similar articles
≤ 5.0 mg/L
≤ 0.5 mg/L
Pitchers (jugs) 
(≥ 3L)
≤ 2.5 mg/L
≤ 0.25 mg/L
CeramicCooking utensils ---≤ 5.0 mg/L≤ 0.5 mg/L
Glass and glass-ceramics
Flatware (≤ 25 mm internal depth)
≤ 1.7 mg/dm²
≤ 0.17 mg/dm²
Articles that can be filled (> 25 mm internal depth)Small concave utensils
≤ 5.0 mg/L
≤ 0.5 mg/L
Large concave utensils
≤ 2.5 mg/L≤ 0.25 mg/L

Table 1

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