Colombia Establishes New Technical Regulation for Food Contact Glass and Ceramics

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  • (1888PressRelease) November 04, 2021 - Colombia has published a resolution to establish a technical regulation covering tableware and articles of glass, ceramic and glass-ceramic that are intended to come into contact with food. It also covers ceramic cookware.

    The Ministry of Health and Social Protection published Resolution No. 1440/2021 in September 2021. It has several provisions, including:

    • List of HS codes for products that are within scope are provided, with clarification that the characteristics of a product will also be considered for determining whether it falls within scope
    • Exemptions defined, including personal belongings as established by the National Tax and Customs Directorate and articles for decorative purposes, but such articles are obliged to have a label, sticker, marking or permanent marking indicating ‘Producto decorative, no apto para contacto con alimentos’ (Decorative products, not suitable for food contact’)

    • Standards and migration requirements for lead and cadmium defined:
    o NTC ISO 6486 Parts 1 and 2
    o NTC ISO 7086 Parts 1 and 2
    o NTC ISO 8391 Parts 1 and 2
    • Parts 1 and 2 to ISO 6486, ISO 7086 and ISO 8391 accepted as equivalent to the corresponding NTC standards in the point above
    • Labeling requirements must be in Spanish (without prejudice to other languages) for product labels (Article 6)
    • Sampling must be carried out in accordance with ISO 2859-1 at the inspection level that is determined by the Certification Body (CB)
    • Product certificate of conformity (CoC) must be issued under Scheme 1b (batch), 4 or 5
    • Testing to be carried out by laboratories that are ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by the National Accreditation Body of Colombia (ONAC), or by a laboratory accredited by an Accreditation Body belonging to the Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA) of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)
    • Products must have a CoC that is issued by a CB accredited by ONAC, or an Accreditation Body belonging to the Multilateral Recognition Agreements (MRA) of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), of which the ONAC is a signatory
    • Declaration of conformity (DoC) accepted in accordance with ISO/IEC 17050 Parts 1 and 2 for domestic manufacturers and importers until at least one CB has been accredited by ONAC:
    o DoC will only be valid for 30 days from the date of the accreditation of the first CB
    • Clarifies that products manufactured and imported under Resolution 1893/2019, extended by Resolution 1163/2020, are obliged to demonstrate compliance with the new Resolution

    To see the ‘permissible release limits of lead and cadmium in ceramic, glass-ceramic and glass dinnerware in contact with food’ with testing according to NTC ISO 6486, NTC ISO 7086 and NTC ISO 8391, see SGS’s original SafeGuard 143/21.

    The new resolution will come into effect on March 20, 2022.

    SGS Food Contact Materials Services
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    Dr. Hingwo Tsang
    Global Information and Innovation Manager
    Tel: (+852) 2774 7420

    Camilo E. Ramírez R
    Certification Director - SGS COLOMBIA S.A.S
    Tel: +57 1 606 92 92

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