Switzerland Further Aligns Food Contact Material Ordinance with EU

On December 1, 2019, Switzerland brought into effect several food contact materials and articles requirements that align its ordinance with many European Union (EU) provisions.

Official Collection 2019 3371 was published on November 5, 2019. This aligns the Swiss Ordinance with provisions from the following EU regulations:
• Regulation (EC) 1895/2005 ‘Certain epoxy derivatives’ – relating to 2,2-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl) propane bis(2,3-epoxy(propyl) ether (BADGE) and its derivatives, Novolac glycidyl ethers (NOGE) and bis (4-hdroxyphenyl)-methane bis (2,3-epoxypropyl) ether (BFDGE)
• Amendments to Regulation (EU) 10/2011 on food contact plastics, such as Regulation (EU) 2016/1416 and Regulation (EU) 2018/213 ‘Bisphenol A (BPA) in varnishes and coatings as regards to the use of that substance in food contact plastics’

In summation, the amendment means:
• Food contact materials and articles not complying with Annex 13 may be manufactured, imported, labeled and sold to consumers under the old law until May 31, 2020
• Food contact materials and articles not complying with other provisions may remain on the market until stocks are exhausted

The major changes in the amendment relate to:
• Section 13a ‘Varnishes and coatings’
• Annex 2 ‘List of substances permitted for the manufacture of plastic materials and articles and related requirements’
• Annex 4, Table 1 ‘List of food simulants for food’
• Annex 4, Table 2 ‘Assignment of food simulants’
• Annex 4, Table 3 ‘Food simulant assignment for demonstrating compliance with overall migration’
• Annex 4, Section 2.2 ‘Rules for assessing compliance with migration limits’
• Annex 4, Table 4 ‘Standardized conditions for testing overall migration’
• Annex 4, Section 2.3.3 ‘Verification of compliance’
• Annex 4, Table 7 ‘Selection of test temperature’
• Annex 4, Section ‘Specific conditions for contact time above 30 days at room temperature and below’
• Annex 9 ‘List of substances permitted for the manufacture of silicone materials and articles and related requirements’
• Annex 10 ‘List of substances permitted for the manufacture of packaging inks and related requirements’
• Annex 13 ‘Special requirements for varnishes and coatings’
• Annex 14 ‘Declaration of conformity for varnishes and coatings’

Food contact materials and articles (FCM) in Switzerland are regulated under an Ordinance of the Federal Department of Home Affairs. It contains 10 groups of FCM, established in December 2016:
1. Active and intelligent materials
2. Ceramics, glass, enamels and similar articles
3. Metals and alloys
4. Paper and cardboards
5. Paraffins, wax and dyes
6. Plastics (which also include epoxy resins)
7. Printing inks
8. Recycled plastics
9. Regenerated cellulose
10. Silicone

To learn more about the changes, view SafeGuard 171/19.

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