This certificate is intended for the export of materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs and encompasses:
- packaging materials that are intended to come into contact with foodstuffs. This includes all products manufactured from materials, whatever they may be, that could be used for enclosing, protecting, shipping, delivering and offering products along the entire journey from producer to consumer.
- materials that are intended to come into contact with foodstuffs (e.g. kitchen equipment).
- raw materials and semi-manufactured goods for packaging materials and objects that are intended to come into contact with foodstuffs (e.g. monomers, pellets)
A general certificate is created by the FASFC and is based on European/Belgian legislation. Food contact materials as discussed on these pages are generally considered as low risk commodities but every third country or trading partner can freely decide to which phytosanitary and veterinary requirements the commodity has to fulfil before export can take place although a lot of countries don’t require certification for Food contact materials.
The certificate is composed of 2 parts:
- the first part is the declaration of the exporter and an annex with additional information regarding the products;
- the second part is the declaration of the competent authority.
The declaration of the competent authority is limited to the level of official control.
The statements about product safety are part of the statement from the exporter.
Both parts of the certificate include a box for additional declarations; the content of these boxes will be determined by the specific requirements of the importing country.
The FASFC, as the competent authority, will only sign and stamp the second part of this certificate.
The exporter is fully responsible for the first part and the annex and any additional information added to this annex.