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Normpack Norm

Our compilation of European and Swedish requirements for food contact materials

The Normpack norm describes the requirements a material or product has to meet to fulfill the legal obligations of food contact. The norm is developed by Normpack member companies and is continuously updated.

The Normpack norm is divided into four paragraphs

  • The first paragraph is a compilation of laws in Sweden and EU for all products that come into contact with food. It also contains material specific rules for those materials that have harmonized (EU-common) legislation.
  • The second paragraph indicates the national regulations and recommendations that Normpack has chosen to apply for those materials that do not have a harmonized regulation.
  • The third paragraph sets requirements for consultation in the value chain. Consultation means that suppliers and customers must exchange information to ensure that the material / product is evaluated and suitable for the intended food and use.
  • The fourth paragraph requires that migration be checked. It can be done either by laboratory tests or by mathematical calculations.

The norm is continuously updated as the legislation is updated. Be sure to always use the latest version.

Normpack Norm (2024-04-16) (pdf, 174.66 KB)

What is the Normpack norm?

The Normpack norm is Normpack's compilation of laws and recommendations to evaluate that a material meets European requirements for contact with food.

Can products that comply with US FDA-rules be assumed to comply with European regulations?

Because the FDA system is structured in a different way from the European requirements, they cannot be automatically translated. Consideration should be given on a case-by-case basis.

Does the Normpack norm handle health, environmental and quality issues as well as the physical properties of the products?

The Normpack norm covers only laws and recommendations linked to health aspects for materials and products in contact with food. These rules are based on aspects of both risk assessment and consumption.