National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHFPC) has released 53 national standards as regards food safety including GB 4806.1-2016 National Food Safety Standard on Food Contact Materials and Articles—General Requirements on 18 November 2016.

In the new regulatory framework of food contact materials (FCMs) of China, food contact articles are divided into different categories as per their materials, namely: enamels, ceramics, glasses, plastic resins, plastics, paper and paper board, metal materials, coatings and rubber materials. Meanwhile, the requirements for disinfect tableware and use of additives in food contact materials and articles are also updated.See the table below for more details:

Standard No。

Standard Name

Superseded Standard

2 General standards

GB 4806.1-2016

National Food Safety Standard- General safety requirements of food contact materials and articles

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GB 9685-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Standard for the use of additives for food contact materials and articles

GB 9685-2008

10 Product standards

GB 4806。3-2016

National Food Safety Standard-Enamel articles

GB 4804-1984

GB 4806.4-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Ceramic articles

GB 13121-1991
GB 14147-1993
GB 8058-2003
GB 12651-2003

GB 4806。5-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Glass articles

GB 19778-2005

GB 4806.6-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Food contact plastic resins

GB 4803-1994
GB 9691-1988
GB 9692-1988
GB 9693-1988
GB 13114-1991
GB 13115-1991
GB 13116-1991
GB 15204-1994
GB 16331-1996

“107 resins that can be used in FCM”

GB 4806.7-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Food contact plastic materials and articles

GB 9681-1988
GB 9687-1988
GB 9688-1988
GB 9689-1988
GB 9690-2009
GB 13113-1991
GB 13115-1991
GB 14942-1994
GB 14944-1994
GB 16332-1996
GB 17326-1998
GB 17327-1998

GB 4806.8-2016

National Food Safety Standard -Food contact paper, paperboard and paper articles

GB 11680-1989
GB 19305-2003

GB 4806。9-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Food contact metal materials and articles

GB 9684-2011
GB 11333-1989

GB 4806。10-2016

National Food Safety Standard -Food contact coatings

GB 4805-1994
GB 7105-1986
GB 9680-1988
GB 9682-1988
GB 9686-2012
GB 11676-2012
GB 11677-2012
GB 11678-1989

“107 resins that can be used in FCM”

GB 4806。11-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Food contact rubber materials and articles

GB 4806。1-1994

“107 resins that can be used in FCM”

GB 14934-2016

National Food Safety Standard -Disinfection tableware

GB 14934-1994

40Testing standards

GB 5009。156-2016

National Food Safety Standard -General rules of the migration test pretreatment methods of food contact materials and articles

GB/T 5009。156-2003

GB 31604。11-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Migration of 1,3 - xylylenediamine

GB/T 23296.25-2009

SN/T 2550-2010

GB 31604。12-2016

National Food Safety Standard – Determination of and migration of 1,3-butadiene

GB/T 23296。2-2009

GB/T 23296.3-2009

GB 31604。13-2016

National Food Safety Standard -Migration of 11-aminoundecanoic acid

GB/T 23296.12-2009

GB 31604。14-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Migration of 1 –octene and tetrahydrofuran

GB/T 23296.4-2009

GB 31604.15-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Migration of 2,4,6- Triamino -1,3,5- Triazine (melamine)

GB/T 23296.15-2009

GB 31604.16-2016

National Food Safety Standard -Determination of styrene and ethylbenzene

GB/T 5009.98-2003

GB 31604。17-2016

National Food Safety Standard -Determination and migration of acrylonitrile

GB/T 5009。152-2003

GB/T 23296.8-2009

SN/T 2197-2008

GB 31604。18-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Migration of acrylamide

GB/T 23296.9-2009

GB 31604。19-2016

National Food Safety Standard -Determination and migration of caprolactam

GB/T 5009。125-2003

GB/T 23296.2-2009

SN/T 2283-2009

GB 31604.20-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Migration of vinyl acetate

SN/T 2333-2009

GB 31604。21-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Migration of terephthalic acid

GB/T 23296。10-2009

SN/T 2184-2008

GB 31604。22-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Determination of dichlorodifluoromethane in expanded polystyrene molding products

GB/T 5009.100-2003

GB 31604.23-2016

National Food Safety Standard-Determination of diaminotoluene in composite food contact materials

GB/T 5009。119-2003

GB 31604.24-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Migration of cadmium

GB/T 5009.62-2003

GB/T 5009.63-2003

GB/T 5009.72-2003

GB/T 5009.81-2003

GB/T 3534-2002

GB 8058-2003

GB/T 21170-2007

SN/T 2597-2010

SN/T 2829-2011

SN/T 2886-2011

GB 31604.25-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Migration of chromium

GB/T 5009.80-2003

GB/T 5009.91-2003

SN/T 2597-2010

SN/T 2829-2011

GB 31604。26-2016

National Food Safety Standard-Determination and migration of epoxy chloropropane

GB/T 23296.7-2009

SN/T 2829-2011

GB 31604.27-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Determination of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide in plastics

GB/T 23296.11-2009

GB 31604.28-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Determination and migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA)

GB/T 20499-2006

GB/T 20500-2006

SN/T 2826-2011

GB 31604.29-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Migration of methyl methacrylate

SN/T 2894-2011

GB 31604.30-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Determination and migration of phthalic acid ester

GB/T 21928-2008

SN/T 2037-2007

GB 31604.31-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Determination and migration of chloroethylene

GB/T 5009。122-2003

GB/T 5009。67-2003

GB/T 5009。68-2003

GB/T 23296.14-2009

GB/T 23296.13-2009

SN/T 2898-2011

GB 31604。32-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Determination of sulfur dioxide in wooden materials

SN/T 2827-2011

GB 31604.33-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Migration of nickel

GB/T 5009。81-2003

SN/T 2829-2011

GB 31604.34-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Determination of lead and migration of lead

GB/T 5009.62-2003

GB/T 5009.63-2003

GB/T 5009.72-2003

GB/T 5009。78-2003

GB/T 5009。81-2003

GB/T 3534-2002

GB 8058-2003

GB/T 21170-2007

SN/T 2597-2010

SN/T 2829-2011

SN/T 2886-2011

SN/T 2594-2011

GB 31604.35-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Determination of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

GB/T 23243-2009

 

GB 31604.36-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Determination of kreosote in corks

SN/T 2828-2011

GB 31604.37-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Determination of triethylamine and tributylamine

SN/T 2890-2011

GB 31604.38-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Determination and migration of arsenic

GB/T 5009.68-2003

GB/T 5009.72-2003

GB/T 5009.78-2003

GB/T 5009.81-2003

SN/T 2900-2011

SN/T 2594-2010

SN/T 2597-2010

SN/T 2829-2011

GB 31604。39-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Determination of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) in food contact paper

SN/T 2200-2008

GB 31604.40-2016

National Food Safety Standard- Migration of maleic acid and its anhydride

GB/T 23296。21-2009

GB 31604.41-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Migration of antimony

GB/T 5009.101-2003

GB/T 5009.63-2003

SN/T 2597-2010

SN/T 2829-2011

GB 31604.42-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Migration of zinc

GB/T 5009.72-2003

GB/T 5009.64-2003

GB/T 5009。65-2003

GB/T 5009.66-2003

GB/T 5009.79-2003

SN/T 2829-2011

GB 31604.43-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Migration of ethylenediamine and hexamethylenediamine

GB/T 23296。17-2009

 

GB 31604。44-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Migration of ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol

GB/T 23296.18-2009

GB 31604.45-2016

National Food Safety Standard -Determination of isocyanate

GB/T 23296.22-2009

SN/T 2741-2010

GB 31604.46-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Determination and migration of free phenol

GB/T 5009.69-2008

GB/T 5009。99-2003

GB 31604.47-2016

National Food Safety Standard -Determination of fluorescent brightener in paper, cardboard and paper articles

GB/T 5009.78-2003

SN/T 2901-2011

GB 31604。48-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Migration of formaldehyde

GB/T 5009.178-2003

GB/T 5009.61-2003

GB/T 5009.69-2008

GB/T 23296.26-2009

GB 31604.49-2016

National Food Safety Standard - Determination and migration of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, nickel, lead, antimony and zinc

SN/T 2829-2011

SN/T 2597-2010

SN/T 2594-2010

The publication also covers 41 standards for relevant test methods.

It is known that the 56 Chinese national standards had been approved by the Food Safety Sub-commission under National Standard for Food Safety Review Commission by the end of 2015, which concluded the task of standard harmonisation and improved the framework for food-related standards in China。 These newly released standards (except to GB 14934-2016 and GB 9685-2016) include provisions for migration test posing higher requirements for FCMs compliance。

In addition, it shall be noticed that the two general standards “GB 4806.1-2016” and “GB 9685-2016” will come into force on 19 October 2017. Meanwhile, all other FCM standard will be implemented on 19 April 2017.

C&K Testing advises businesses should learn about the new standards and the date of applicability to check compliance.


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