Inks updates Good Manufacturing Practice standards

Seven years after publishing the previous version, the European Inks and Coatings federation has issued a new version of the Good Manufacturing Practice standard.

Version 4.0 has been a long time coming and arrives as low migration inks and varnishes are thrust into the lime-light. Recommendation about amendments to existing directives have been made, while revisions to the Swiss Ordinance are awaited. The driver is increasing concern about ink or varnish molecules migrating through boards and contaminating food or worse, affecting the ultimate consumer’s health.

The new version extends the GMP to include coatings and varnishes as well as covering inks. “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,” says EuPIA.