The European Printing Ink Association

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP): Printing Inks for Food Contact Materials

This Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) assists in controlling food safety hazards in the design and manufacture of inks, varnishes and coatings designed to be printed onto Food Contact Materials (FCM inks), and formulated for use on either the non-food contact or the food contact surfaces of food packaging and articles intended to come into contact with food. Products developed and manufactured in compliance with this GMP are supporting manufacturers of food contact materials in supplying products compliant to the applicable legislation in Europe for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food such as the Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004,and GMP Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006.