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Packages and other food contact materials

On this website, you can find information about the safety and regulatory compliance of materials and articles that come into contact with food. The site briefly discusses food contact materials, which refers to all materials and articles that come into direct or indirect contact with food.

The information is collected under the following topics:

  • Food contact materials – What are they?
  • Food contact material operators – Who are they?
    • Exceptions in Finland
    • Notifying the food control authority about contact material operations
  • Safety and regulatory compliance of food contact materials – what does it include?
    • Documents addressing safety and regulatory compliance and their contents
      • Evira’s general guidelines about the contents of a declaration of compliance
    • Dangers/risks associated with food contact materials
      • Consumer resources to affect chemical exposure from food contact materials
  • Legislation on contact materials and industry operators
    • Framework regulation 1935/2004 (EU)
    • GMP Regulation 2023/2006 (EU)
    • Ministry of Trade and Industry’s decision on heavy metals in food contact materials 268/1992
    • Plastics regulation 10/2011 (EU)
    • Recycled plastics regulation 282/2008 (EU)
    • Regulation on active and intelligent materials and articles 450/2009 (EU)
    • Ministry of Trade and Industry’s decree on regenerated cellulose 697/2005
    • Ministry of Trade and Industry’s decree on ceramics 165/2006
    • Regulation on the use of bisphenol A in varnishes and coatings 213/2018 (EU)
    • Regulation on the restriction of use of epoxy derivatives in food contact materials 1895/2005 (EU)
    • Ministry of Trade and Industry’s decision on the release of nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances from baby bottle nipples or pacifiers made of elastomers or rubber 903/2004
    • Import Regulation (EU) 284/2011 concerning polyamide and melamine kitchen utensils from china and Hongkong
  • Own check of a contact material operator
    • Required testing for food contact materials
  • Own check of a food industry operator
    • Instructions for HACCP evaluations
  • Food contact material control
    • Control frequency determination
    • Food contact material control in food establishments
    • Food contact material operations control
    • Nordic monitoring project for plastic packing materials 2014
  • Useful links
  • Learn more about food contact materials – Recorded lectures for self-study
  • Frequently asked questions
Page last updated 11/2/2022