Colombia’s Food Contact Glass and Ceramics Emergency Technical Regulation Extended to 2021

The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection has extended the period of validity of its emergency technical regulation relating to the migration of lead and cadmium from food contact glass, ceramics, and similar products.

This emergency technical regulation was originally issued in July 2019 and was to remain valid for twelve months – until July 16, 2020. The Colombian Ministry has now issued Resolution 1163 of July 15, 2020, to extend the period of validity for a further six months – until January 16, 2021.

Under Colombia’s emergency technical regulation, the migration limits for lead and cadmium are:

Lead
Ceramics and porcelain:
• Flatware (≤ 25 mm internal depth): ≤ 1.7 mg/dm²
• Articles that can be filled (> 25 mm internal depth):
o Small hollow ware (< 1.1L): ≤ 5.0 mg/L
o Large hollow ware (1.1L ≤ capacity < 3L): ≤ 2.5 mg/L
o Cups and mugs and similar articles: ≤ 5.0 mg/L
o Pitchers (jugs) (≥ 3L): ≤ 2.5 mg/L
Ceramics – Cooking utensils: ≤ 5.0 mg/L
Glass and glass-ceramics:
• Flatware (≤ 25 mm internal depth): ≤ 1.7 mg/dm²
• Articles that can be filled (> 25 mm internal depth):
o Small concave utensils: ≤ 5.0 mg/L
o Large concave utensils: ≤ 2.5 mg/L

Cadmium
Ceramics and porcelain:
• Flatware (≤ 25 mm internal depth): ≤ 0.17 mg/dm²
• Articles that can be filled (> 25 mm internal depth):
o Small hollow ware (< 1.1L): 0.5 mg/L
o Large hollow ware (1.1L ≤ capacity < 3L): ≤ 0.25 mg/L
o Cups and mugs and similar articles: ≤ 0.5 mg/L
o Pitchers (jugs) (≥ 3L): ≤ 0.25 mg/L
Ceramics – Cooking utensils: ≤ 0.5 mg/L
Glass and glass-ceramics:
• Flatware (≤ 25 mm internal depth): ≤ 0.17 mg/dm²
• Articles that can be filled (> 25 mm internal depth):
o Small concave utensils: ≤ 0.5 mg/L
o Large concave utensils: ≤ 0.25 mg/L

Other important provisions within the resolution include:
1. A list of HS codes for products falling under the scope – product characteristics will also be taken into consideration
2. Requiring product conformity certificates in relation to Scheme 1b, 4 or 5 under the NTC-ISO/IEC 17067 standard
3. 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:
o Norma Técnica Colombiana NTC 4634:2014 ‘Ceramicware in contact with food: Release of lead and cadmium’ (ISO 6486-1 is accepted as equivalent)
o 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)
o 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)
4. 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)

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