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EU Declaration of Conformity (DOC) for Food Contact Materials


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2022-10-31

DOC is the abbreviation of "Declaration of compliance", which is often referred to as "Declaration of Compliance". It is a written statement issued in accordance with the requirements of the European Union Compulsory Regulation on Food Contact Materials (EC) No 1935/2004, which is used to state the compliance of food contact materials or articles with regulations, and requires corresponding supporting documents. When products enter the EU market, DOC shall be provided to relevant customs departments as customs clearance documents.

Recently, many consumer goods exporters were detained by the customs due to the same problem when they cleared the EU, resulting in delayed delivery or forced return of goods, which caused heavy losses. The root cause of the problem is that the exporter's goods lack an important customs clearance document or the document information is incomplete: Declaration of compliance, commonly known as "DOC", is what we often call the compliance statement.


What is such an important customs clearance document? The following will give you a detailed explanation of the context of "DOC" and the writing elements.


What is DOC and what is its important role?

DOC is the abbreviation of "Declaration of compliance", which is often referred to as "Declaration of Compliance". It is a written statement issued in accordance with the requirements of the European Union Compulsory Regulation on Food Contact Materials (EC) No 1935/2004, which is used to state the compliance of food contact materials or articles with regulations, and requires corresponding supporting documents. When products enter the EU market, DOC shall be provided to relevant customs departments as customs clearance documents.


Who wrote and provided DOC?

DOC is a "self declaration" document, which is provided by manufacturers, distributors and importers of food contact materials. The definition of manufacturer covers the whole process of producing food contact materials, such as raw material manufacturers, plastic intermediate material manufacturers, and end product manufacturers. They should declare their product compliance and transmit it to DOC according to their responsibilities in the end product production process.

 

How to write DOC?

DOC shall be written in "English".

Taking plastic materials as an example, DOC needs to include the following:

The identity and address of the operator issuing the declaration of conformity.

The identity and address of the manufacturer or importer of plastic food contact materials at each stage of production.

Information of plastic food contact materials, such as material name, CAS No., etc.

Date of issuance of the statement.

End products, products or substances in the intermediate stage of manufacture comply with (EC) No 1935/2004, Chapters 3, 11 (5), 15 and 17 and EU10/2011.

Instructions for the use of food contact materials or articles, such as: type of food contact, time and temperature of food contact, area volume ratio of food contact.

Conformity of functional barrier layers in multilayer materials and products.

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