Certification of confectionery
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Certification of confectionery
Confectionery products, as an integral element of the diet, are subject to mandatory certification – assessment of compliance with the requirements of the technical regulations of the Customs Union. According to the regulations in force in the territory of the EAEU, a manufacturer, supplier or distributor of baked goods and sweets, in order to conduct legitimate business activities, must issue a declaration of conformity – an official document confirming the declared properties, high quality and complete safety of the goods.
The legislative framework.
The profile regulation, on the basis of which certification of confectionery products is carried out, is TR CU 021/2011, concerning food safety.
Additionally, during verification process, the following provisions of the TR CU are taken into account:
022/2011 – rules for packaging and labeling food products;
029/2012 – features of the use of food additives (stabilizers, flavor enhancers, dyes,
Declaration for confectionery products is issued for serial production or for a separate batch of products.
To carry out assessment activities related to the declaration of confectionery products, one of the three provided schemes is used: 1D, 2D (batch) and 3D.
The maximum period for which a permit may be issued does not exceed 5 years.
According to the current GOST, the entire range of confectionery products can be divided into two categories – flour and sugary products.
The first group includes:
The second group includes:
• sugar plums;
• all kinds of sweets.
It should be noted that confectionery products that go on sale for the first time or belong to specialized nutrition and are intended for “special” consumers, for example, diabetics, athletes, pregnant women, are subject to state registration – State Registration Certificate (or SGR) is issued.
Mandatory conformity assessment of confectionery products is designed to prevent low-quality products from entering domestic shelves.
Technical regulation 021/2011, which regulates the production of food products, prescribes the introduction of a HACCP management system at food industry enterprises, which allows you to manage production risks and improve the quality of the product more effectively.
After obtaining mandatory permits, you can issue a voluntary quality certificate in the GOST R system. The document makes it possible to conclude agreements with wholesale customers, large retail chains, participate in government tenders, and also helps to expand sales markets and increase consumer confidence.
Documents for conformity assessment.
Certification of confectionery products begins with the preparation of a package of documents related to both the products themselves and the organization of production.
The applicant must provide the experts with:
• copies of registration certificates (OGRN, TIN);
• copies of the articles of association, constituent documents, declaring company card;
• detailed description of products – product range, type of manufactured products, name, assortment, composition, codes of foreign economic activity;
• regulatory and technical documentation – GOSTs, TU, according to which products are manufactured;
• HACCP certificate (if available).
For imported products, information about the manufacturer, supply contract, contract specification, invoice will be additionally required.
Stages of certification.
The procedure for checking the conformity of confectionery products is carried out according to the established scheme:
1. Submission of an application of the established form for carrying out evaluation activities.
2. Identification of the product, selection of a scheme for the upcoming test.
3. Handover of a package of mandatory documents.
4. Collection of typical samples.
5. Testing in laboratory conditions.
6. Drawing up final protocols based on the results obtained.
On average, period for issuing permits after providing samples and all required documents is 2-3 weeks and depends on who initiates the procedure (manufacturer or seller), as well as on selected verification scheme. After receiving the declaration, information about the document must be entered in the unified register of the FSA.