Food Contact Guidelines for the Compliance of Paper & Board Materials and Articles

Paper packaging that is intended for food contact applications is governed by the “Framework Regulation” (1935/2004). While some other sectors have material specific EU legislation, and national legislation for paper exists in some countries, none such exists across the EU. In the absence of specific legislation, the paper & board industry has worked to voluntary Guidelines to confirm compliance. New Guidelines are now available with which to confirm the suitability of paper for food contact applications. Building on a previous document (the Industry Guideline), but completely updated, they will be an important tool for the future.

UK law brings into force the EU Food Contact Regulations and, until such time as new UK legislation is brought forward, this will remain the case. Thus, the Food Contact Guidelines will remain of fundamental importance to UK industry and we encourage companies to familiarise themselves with the requirements.

View the guidelines here