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Food Contact Materials: services support from design to post manufacturing

We are your R&D and manufacturing partner for Compliance by Design

We speed your way to compliance validation!

No matter what your business, when it comes to design, assessment, testing and validation of food contact materials, we are at your side. As your R&D partner we provide end-to-end solutions with our compliance management services to support all needs of the value chain.

If you are a developer or manufacturer, it is critical to start selecting raw materials and components that are sustainable and approved for FCM. Ones that do not transfer hazardous chemicals into the food or change its organoleptic, physical or visual characteristics. As a manufacturer you need to use a GMP-qualified production process. As a retailer and food producer or distributor, you must be able to verify and monitor the safety and compliance of the goods you put on the market.

By adopting a ‘compliance by design’ approach and applying our supportive measures – from design to the post-manufacturing stage – you will reduce reworking loops, decrease failures and speed up development time. Whatever your position in the value chain, you will be able to quickly develop and demonstrate due diligence across your entire value chain.

With TÜV Rheinland, you can be rest assured that your materials and finished product is safe and your documents for export fulfil legislative requirements.

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Manufacturer
Retailer, Marketplace and Distribution
Chemicals, Intermediate & Raw Materials
Food Industry
Local Authority / Consumer & Industry Assoc.
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As a developer you must ensure that the raw materials, components, intermediates and chemicals you use are approved for the distribution markets of the final product and are safe for contact to food. This selection process calls for rigorous attention to detail. Moreover, the trend of replacing classic raw materials with sustainable ones (such as compostable, bio-based or recyclable) increase the challenges of sourcing as well as compliance with the different legislative requirements between each market – which is compounded by frequent regulation updates. All this has made your business as well as product validation increasingly demanding.

We provide solutions tailored to your specific needs

Regulatory services:
• Establishment of regulatory framework and early warning system
• Product regulatory assessment

DOC management

Ingredient assessment

Notification services

Product testing:
• Chemical content and targeted migration
Chemical Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) migration screening and related Risk Assessment
• Compositional analyses and screening
Microbiological tests
• Sensory test

Sustainable Safety Services:
• Bio based and Compostable compliance safety services
• Recyclable services:
- Product Safety services for recycled plastics (acc. To Reg. 282/2008/EC)
- Challenge test safety qualification of RPET
- Input stream audit qualification
- Recyclable Product Compliance & Safety Services”
- Training

Training FCM Personnel Certification, customized training on Regulatory, Doc Management, HACCP

In addition to the meticulous choice of all materials used in the manufacturing process, you must ensure that your processes conform to good manufacturing practices guidelines. That means, besides staying on top of regularly changing regulations, you need to frequently adapt your internal training programs and external communications regarding supply chains and related requirements. At the same time, you are accountable for assessing and validating the safety of your products, from production start to end delivery.

We provide solutions tailored to your specific needs

Regulatory services:
• Establishment of regulatory framework and early warning system
• Product regulatory assessment
• Technical platform with local authorities, consumer associations and Industry related to new legislations

GMP Good Manufacturing Practices services & HACCP
• Training, Visual standards Document review, Audit
• HACCP design and manufacturing process study

DOC (declaration of conformity) management: from raw to finished product across value chain

Audit service: for International standards and industry standards

Proof certificate: Suitable for Food, Hazardous Chemicals, Safe for Food

Compliance assessment

Product testing:
• Chemical content and targeted migration
Chemical Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) migration screening and related Risk Assessment
• Compositional analyses and screening
Microbiological tests
• Sensory test

Sustainable services:
• Bio based and Compostable compliance safety services
• Recyclable services:
- Product Safety services for recycled plastics (acc. to 282/2008/EC and US Food Contact Legislation)
- Challenge test safety qualification of RPET
- Input stream audit qualification
- Pre-assessment audit of recycling processes
- Training

Technical Support for Crisis Management

Training FCM Personnel Certification, customized training on Regulatory, Doc Management, GMP, Testing

As one of the final pieces in the value chain, consumers rely on you to supply compliant products which do not cause any safety concerns to the final consumer. If you fail in this obligation, their displeasure will descend upon you first. That’s why you need to beware of regulation updates and ensure the safety of the food contact materials you utilize or offer. Because if – at border controls or during market surveillance – hazardous substances are found in your FCM material or in the food, you will be the one to manage the crisis or recall the product. If a recall occurs, it can be a devastating setback to your brand image.

We provide solutions tailored to your specific needs

Given the high number of products, SKU, market of distribution and the complexity of the legislation and supply chain, any type of improvement compliance program will start from the core products and core suppliers and then can be extended.

Regulatory services:
• Establishment of regulatory framework and early warning system
• Product regulatory assessment
• Technical platform with local authorities, consumer associations and Industry related to new legislations

GMP Good Manufacturing Practices services for store, warehouse and supply chain & HACCP
• HACCP design and manufacturing process study
• GMP Training, Visual standards Document review, Audit

DOC (declaration of conformity) management: from raw to finished product across value chain

Audit service: for International standards and industry standards

Proof certificate: Suitable for Food, Hazardous Chemicals, Safe for Food

Compliance assessment

Product testing:
• Chemical content and targeted migration
Chemical Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) migration screening and related Risk Assessment
• Compositional analyses and screening
• Microbiological tests
• Sensory test
• Product Inspections and shipment release

Sustainable services:
• Bio based and Compostable compliance safety services
• Recyclable services:
- Product Safety services for recycled plastics (acc. to 282/2008/EC and US Food Contact Legislation)
- Challenge test safety qualification of RPET
- Input stream audit qualification
- Pre-assessment audit of recycling processes
- Training

Technical Support for Crisis Management

Training FCM Personnel Certification, customized training on Regulatory, Doc Management, GMP, Testing

To grant the success of your product, even if you are at the beginning of the value chain, you must guarantee that starting from the single chemicals, mixture until the final raw material, those could comply with the larger amount of applicable legislations of the markets where the finished product of your customer will be distributed. In the design stage, the risk assessment of your material is as well key to avoid degradation of the basic ingredients in the customer finished products. The strict GMP qualification of the production process between the different facilities you got worldwide is a potential challenge. Definition and update of the Declaration of Conformity based different legislation is as well a clear challenge as training of your supply chain.

We provide solutions tailored to your specific needs

Regulatory services:
• Establishment of regulatory framework and early warning system
• Product regulatory assessment
• Technical platform with local authorities, consumer associations and Industry related to new legislations

GMP Good Manufacturing Practices services
• Training, Visual standards Document review, Audit

DOC (declaration of conformity) management

Audit service: for International standards and industry standards

Proof certificate: Suitable for Food, Hazardous Chemicals, Safe for Food

Compliance assessment

Product testing:
• Chemical content and targeted migration
Chemical Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) migration screening and related Risk Assessment
• Compositional analyses and screening
• Microbiological tests
• Sensory test
• Product Inspections and shipment release

Sustainable services:
• Bio based and Compostable compliance safety services
• Recyclable services:
- Product Safety services for recycled plastics (acc. To Reg. 282/2008/EC)
- Challenge test safety qualification of RPET
- Input stream audit qualification
- Pre-assessment audit of recycling processes
- Training

Technical Support for Crisis Management

Training FCM Personnel Certification, customized training on Regulatory, Doc Management, GMP, Testing

As a food industry and distributor, you must continually validate, assess, monitor and qualify your packaging, food distributor appliances, food processing lines, complementary kitchenware and household appliances used for marketing initiatives across the full value chain, shops and restaurants. This requires your alertness on the latest regulation developments, through regular training of your employees. In addition, it is necessary for you to communicate the readily available support from your Compliance Management service to the end customer /consumer and be ready to manage any crisis or recalls.

Given the high number of products, SKU, distribution markets and complexity of the supply chain, any type of improvement compliance program will need to start at the RD stage. There should be a focus on core products and core suppliers and then be extended to all product portfolio. You are as well strongly impacted by final consumer requests to move to sustainable packaging for your product. You also need to completely renew your packaging portfolio every few years.

We provide solutions tailored to your specific needs

Regulatory services:
• Establishment of regulatory framework and early warning system
• Product regulatory assessment
• Technical platform with local authorities, consumer associations and Industry related to new legislations

GMP Good Manufacturing Practices services for store, warehouse and supply chain & HACCP
• HACCP design and manufacturing process study
• GMP Training, Visual standards Document review, Audit

DOC (declaration of conformity) management: from raw to finished product across value chain

Audit service: for International standards and industry standards

Proof certificate: Suitable for Food, Hazardous Chemicals, Safe for Food

Compliance assessment

Product testing:
• Chemical content and targeted migration
Chemical Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) migration screening and related Risk Assessment
• Compositional analyses and screening
• Microbiological tests
• Sensory test

Product Inspections and shipment release

Sustainable services:
• Bio based and Compostable compliance safety services
• Recyclable services:
- Product Safety services for recycled plastics (acc. to 282/2008/EC and US Food Contact Legislation)
- Challenge test safety qualification of RPET
- Input stream audit qualification
- Pre-assessment audit of recycling processes
- Training

Technical Support for Crisis Management
Training FCM Personnel Certification, customized training on Regulatory, Doc Management, GMP, Testing

As institutions you are frequently approached by various parties that seek guidance, hence your assessments, evaluations, guidelines and standards play a leading role in the FCM domain. You carry a heavy responsibility to protect the final consumer and support the implementation of legislation in the different markets. As a local authority, you are additionally accountable for monitoring the compliance and safety of products and the manufacturing processes. If a problem occurs, your crisis management could be the only means to a resolution. You are often challenged by Industry and consumers regarding test methods, qualification of your personnel and enforcement of standards, therefore the support of an independent network of laboratories is of great support.

We provide solutions tailored to your specific needs

Regulatory services:
• Establishment of regulatory framework and early warning system
• Product regulatory assessment

Technical platform between local authorities, consumer associations and Industry related to new legislations definition or enforcement

Audit service: for International standards and applicable legislations

DOC management service

Product testing:
• Chemical content and targeted migration
Chemical Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) migration screening and related Risk Assessment
• Compositional analyses and screening
Microbiological tests
• Sensory test
• Testing method development services

Support in market surveillance and boarder control

Product Inspections and shipment release

Sustainable services:
• Bio based and Compostable compliance safety services
• Recyclable services:
- Product Safety services for recycled plastics (acc. to 282/2008/EC and US Food Contact Legislation)
- Challenge test safety qualification of RPET
- Input stream audit qualification
- Pre-assessment audit of recycling processes
- Training

Technical Support during Crisis Management

Training FCM Personnel Certification, customized training on Regulatory, Doc Management, GMP, Testing

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