Last updated on 23 June 2009

Materials and articles in contact with food: Guidance for businesses

Guidance on legal compliance and good practice for business documentation in relation to materials and articles in contact with food.

This guidance is for food businesses that operate in the United Kingdom, and refers to parallel legislation in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland where appropriate.

It addresses:

  • the legal requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 on chemical migration from all materials and articles in contact with food in relation to business documentation as it is required in conjunction with Regulation (EC) No. 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice
  • particular requirements in specific EU measures enacted in legislation across the UK dealing with declarations of compliance as they apply to the materials that are the subject of those measures
  • good business practice

It is also relevant to environmental health, port health and trading standards officers involved in the enforcement of the law governing chemical migration from these materials and articles.

Please note this guide does not refer to Regulation 10/2011 on plastics, which superseded Directive 2002/72/EC in May 2011.