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Regardless of whether you’re a food producer or a cleaning equipment distributor, you are entitled to see the food safety documentation on any plastic cleaning equipment you purchase.
In Europe, all plastic materials intended for use in contact with food or on surfaces in contact with food have to be accompanied by a Declaration of Compliance. But what should you look for in a Declaration of Compliance, and which information is mandatory?
Find out the nine items that have to be included in a Declaration of Compliance.
Well, the obvious answer is “no”.
But how do you make sure the plastic equipment you purchase for your food production setup doesn’t transmit unwanted substances into the food you produce, process or package? And how do you check all this?
The Declaration of Compliance (DoC) is the document in which Vikan as a plastic equipment supplier guarantees that our products comply with the relevant EU regulations and provide you with the right conditions for use to avoid your food products being affected by hazardous chemicals.
More and more auditors at food factories throughout Europe are also focusing on the right documentation being present in the DoC of Food Contact Materials. If such documentation isn’t available, this will usually result in a non-conformity during an audit.
In the following, I‘ve explained which items it’s important you check for in a DoC.
The DoC is a requirement in Article 16 in the EU food contact material Framework Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 and more details are set out in Annex IV of the Plastics Regulation (EU) 10/2011. This all means that all European manufacturers of plastic material that comes into contact with food are obliged to issue a DoC for the articles and products they provide.
You can find more details about these regulations in the Vikan whitepaper entitled “Are your cleaning tools food safe?".
In the following I will refer to the EU regulation (EC) 1935/2004 as (EC) 1935/2004 and the Plastics Regulation (EU) 10/2011 as (EU) 10/2011.
Did you know that the DoC requirement extends all the way from the chemical supplier to any intermediate plastic supplier (suppliers of things like plastic granules and masterbatch) to the supplier of the finished plastic article (in this case Vikan), to the distributor and finally to the end-user?
This entire supply chain relies on clear communication from one step to another, and all documentation must be exchanged one step back and one step forward within that chain.
In the case of Vikan as the supplier of an article made of plastic, this means we have to gather the appropriate DoC documentation from the intermediate plastic suppliers that will then enable to carry out the necessary steps, including migration calculations and/or migration analysis, to demonstrate compliance with the regulations currently in force, and to manufacture food-safe plastic products.
Based on this information, we issue a DoC for each of the finished articles in order to inform our distributors and end-users that each article is in compliance and exactly which use it is intended for.
But what information is mandatory on the DoC, and what is important for you to look for in a DoC when you’re a user of plastic cleaning equipment in the food industry?
I will now briefly run through the nine important items laid out in Annex IV of (EU) 10/2011, and then clarify each item afterwards.
Now you should be updated about all the requirements featured in a DoC, and you’ll know what to look for next time you receive a DoC.
Here at Vikan, we put a lot of work into ensuring that the products you buy from Vikan are tested and documented in accordance with all legal requirements. This means that you can rely on our products to be food-safe and to be accompanied by the correct documentation.
The DoCs for the Vikan products you use are available at www.vikan.com/us We recommend that you download them so that you’re well prepared for your next audit.
For more information about the contents of any Vikan DoC and regulations on food contact material, please contact me – Stine Bislev – at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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