to FSAI’s EASY DoC, which will assist you to determine what’s required on the Declaration of Compliance (DoC) for the different classifications of plastics in food contact materials.


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A supplier needs to supply a written Declaration of Compliance (DoC) document for plastics materials and final articles, including substances and intermediate products that are intended to come into contact with food.

OLLIE (On Line Learning Information Expert) is the brains behind Easy DoC and will guide you through 3 simple steps to create a checklist that you can use to help understand what is required in the Declaration of Compliance for your product.

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  1. What is a DoC?
    The declaration of compliance (DoC) is a written document delivered by the supplier of the substance, intermediate or final material or article intended to come into contact with food.

    A DoC:

    • Confirms the compliance of the product with the relevant requirements of the Plastics Regulation and the Framework Regulation.
    • Provides relevant information necessary to assess the risk and establish or check the compliance of the product.
  2. Why is a DoC needed?

    It is a legal requirement to supply a DoC for plastic materials and articles including substances and intermediates used in their manufacture.

  3. What’s the difference between a Substance, Intermediate Product and a Final Article?

    Substances: Substances typically include any basic chemical ingredient used in the manufacturing of materials that are subsequently further used in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. These include monomers and other starting substances, additives, solvents, aids to polymerization, polymerization production aids, other production aids, colorants, fillers, etc. and mixtures obtained by combining these substances without a chemical reaction.

    Intermediates: Intermediates typically include any product that is not a basic chemical but is not yet a finished plastic material or article. They include any plastic powder, granules or flakes, pre-polymers, any semi-finished material and article such as a film, sheet, laminate¸ plastic layers used in multi-material multilayers or plastics multilayers, etc. They require further processing or re-formulation steps to become a finished material or article. This category also includes inks, coatings and adhesives applied in the printing or coating of the plastic material or article or in combining plastics and/or other layers to form multilayer materials and articles.

    Final Material or Articles: These are any material or article which is ready for food contact without any further change to the formulation of material or article such as: the finished plastic food contact material (e.g. packaging material, storage containers for food, kitchenware utensils, bottles, trays, etc.), finished layers inside a multilayer or multi-material multilayer or finished components of the food contact article that only need to be brought together or assembled to make the final article (e.g. tray and lid, bottle and cap, etc.).