How to apply announcement of food packaging in direct contact with foods?

1.IMPORT REQUIREMENT OF FOOD PACKAGING

Packaging (rubber, metallic, glass, ceramic, porcelain and enameled containers etc ) in direct contact with food is required to have conformity announcement of food packaging before importing into the Vietnamese market

Decree 38/2012 / ND-CP detailing the implementation of a number of articles of the Law on Food Safety, without mentioning food packaging, however, the QCVN (national technical regulation)  National technical regulation on the safety and hygiene glass, ceramic, porcelain and enameled implements, containers, and packaging in direct contact with food. Therefore, we can understand the procedure for declaring food packaging as: Tools, packaging materials, food containers, direct contact with food must be conducted with the regulation conformity announcement and registration of Announcement of conformity with competent state agencies before putting into the market. (Specified in article 3, chapter II, Decree 38/2012 / ND – CP).

 2.SEQUENCE OF CONFORMITY ANNOUNCEMENT

Step 1: Take the samples to test in accredited testing centers

North: National Testing Institute, Technical Center 1, …

The South: Technical center 3, …

Note: List of establishments designated to conduct testing in service of state management of food safety: https://vfa.gov.vn/tin-tuc/danh-sach-cac-co-so-duoc-chi-dinh-kiem-nghiem-phuc-vu-quan-ly-nha-nuoc-ve-an-toan-thuc-pham.html

Step 2: Prepare documents for announcing food packaging

  • The business registration certificate of a Vietnamese trader:  Scan of original one
  • Product testing results sheet: Scan of original one
  • Product labels or photos of product labels circulating in the country of origin
  • Secondary label of products circulating in Vietnam
  • Declaration of conformity or announcement of conformity
  • Periodic monitoring plan
  • Method of conformity assessment (for CBs)
  • Conformity assessment report
  • Packaging specifications, name of manufacturer
  • Certificate of conformity with HACCP or ISO 22000 (if any).

Step 3: Enter the file and upload the attachment to the electronic system of the Department of Food Safety:

 Website: http://congbosanpham.vfa.gov.vn

Customer only apply announcement of packaging at the Food Safety Department – Ministry of Health

Step 4: Pay the fee: pay by Keypay (on the website of the department, specify).

  • For ordinary food: 500,000 VND / product
  • For functional foods: 1,500,000 VND / product
  • For food packaging: 500,000 VND / product

Step 5: The Department processes and publishes the soft copy of announcement of food packaging

Publication period: 3 years or 5 years for HACCP certified documents

3.TECHNICAL REGULATIONS APPLY TO PACKAGING, TOOLS DIRECT TO CONTACT WITH FOOD.

Please refer to the following standards before applying for food packaging to understand that your product needs to meet any technical requirements:

QCVN 12-1: 2011 / BYT: National technical regulation on safety and hygiene for synthetic resin Implement, container and packaging in direct contact with foods

QCVN 12-2: 2011 / BYT: National technical regulation on safety and hygiene for rubber implements, container and packaging in direct contact with foods

QCVN 12-3: 2011 / BYT: National technical regulation on safety and hygiene for metallic containers in direct contact with foods.

QCVN 12-4: 2015 / BYT: National technical regulation on the safety and hygiene glass, ceramic, porcelain and enameled implements, containers, and packaging in direct contact with food

Please see national technical regulation for food here:

http://www.fsi.org.vn/van-ban-phap-ly/1027_3254/qcvn-12-42015-byt-ve-ve-sinh-attp-doi-voi-bao-bi-dung-cu-lam-bang-thuy-tinh-gom-su-va-trang-men-tiep-xuc-truc-tiep-voi-thuc-pham.html

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