Product legislation often includes the same requirement: manufacturers shall ensure that the product is accompanied by instructions and safety information in a language which can be easily understood by consumers and other end-users.
A product must comply with legislation as soon as it is placed on the market. It is the manufacturer's responsibility to determine which EU legislation is applicable at that time. ProductIP determines the requirements based on the 'market release date' of the technical file.
The answer is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’. First of all the ‘no’. Switzerland is (of course) not an EU Member State. However, as a result of bilateral agreements, Switzerland can benefit from most advantages comparable to being a Member State.
Due Diligence has been, up to now, largely a matter of self regulation*. Some EU Member States already have Due Diligence legislation, but the problem is only that this legislation is either too sector-specific or only covers certain aspects of the Due Diligence.
Wood is one of the seventeen Food Contact Materials (FCM) listed in Annex I of Framework Regulation (EC) 1935/2004. There is no harmonised EU directive or regulation for wooden FCM articles. EU member states which have implemented national legislation for wood are France, The Netherlands and Croatia.
Both wood and bamboo are commonly used for food contact applications. Besides cutting boards and other kitchen utensils, wood and bamboo are also used for disposable kitchenware as well as for food packaging.
Food contact adhesives or glues, are used to assemble two or more parts, surfaces of Food Contact Materials (FCM) together such as e.g. solid wood, solid bamboo, paper and board, cork etc.
Do not use bamboo in plastic FCM's. The popularity of bamboo in products that have contact with food is rising. Products sold as ‘natural’ bamboo may in reality be a combination of bamboo and melamine, a plastic.
How do laboratories decide on conditions for Food Contact Materials (FCM) migration tests?
PLConsultancy advises medium-sized and large companies with a focus on the areas of product safety, product liability, recall management and the establishment of quality assurance within the company. Mainly in the international trade of non-food products.
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