EuPIA Announces Availability of Updated Good Manufacturing Practice

The European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA) is announcing the availability of its new Good Manufacturing Practice Version 4.0 to further assist in controlling food safety hazards.  This latest edition of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) has been fully updated and expanded to cover the manufacture of all varnishes and coatings as well as inks designed to be printed on to Food Contact Materials (FCM), including all non-food contact and food contact surfaces of packaging and containers.

Inks, coatings and varnishes developed and manufactured in compliance with this GMP will support manufacturers of food contact materials in supplying products that are fully compliant to all applicable European legislation for materials and articles intended to come in to contact with food.  This European legislation includes the Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 and the GMP Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006.  The updated GMP also references the Plastics Regulation (EC) No 10/2011, European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) opinions as well as national regulations such as the Swiss Ordinance on printing inks for food packaging.