MOCA - Food contact materials and articles

ANIMA proposes a dedicated solution for the Food & Beverage sector for a new approach to consumer safety and health in food contact materials (MOCA). 

To meet the new requirements dictated by regulations and new ministerial decrees, Anima has synergistically united three specialised subjects:

  • TiFQ, which will operate as a support component for companies to guide them in identifying and adopting processes and methodologies necessary to meet legislative and certification requirements
  • ICIM, an Accredia-accredited body, will be an independent third party in charge of certification to provide companies with objective quality guarantees that can be used in the various markets
  • TIFQ-LAB, an Accredia-accredited laboratory, qualified to perform technical tests both as a business support activity with TiFQ and for ICIM certifications

Companies can now exploit the synergy between ICIM, TiFQ and TIFQ-Lab to differentiate themselves in the reference markets and offer the best guarantees required to protect the end consumer.

Current legislation

The relevant EU legislation is Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 (framework standard), which lays down general requirements to be met by all materials and articles, while specific measures contain detailed provisions for individual materials (plastics, ceramics, etc.). Where there are no specific EU laws, Member States may establish national measures.

In particular, the regulation stipulates that all materials and articles must be produced in accordance with good manufacturing practice and, under normal or foreseeable conditions of use, must not transfer constituents to food in quantities that could endanger human health; bring about an unacceptable change in the composition of the food; or bring about a deterioration in the organoleptic characteristics.

General Legislation

Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 MOCA; Regulation (EC) 2023/2006 Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). EU legislation on specific materials and substances: Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 Plastics; Regulation (EC) No 282/2008 Regenerated plastic; Regulation (EC) No 450/2009 Active and intelligent materials intended to come into contact with food.

Specific provisions transposed by national decrees

Concerns: regenerated cellulose, ceramics, rubber, paper and cardboard, glass, stainless steel, chromium-plated band, tinplate, aluminium. Legislative Decree No. 29 of 10 February 2017: administrative sanctions for the violation of laws establishing the characteristics of food contact materials used in the manufacture of machinery and components.