Prohibitive import, testing and certification procedures

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To the detriment of trade, the Government of Japan continues to insist on applying unique national rules and regulations to many products that have already met European / international standards. The EBC requests that the MHLW harmonises positive list for utensils, container and packaging (UCP) in the Food Sanitation Act with other countries.

Recommendations

  • MHLW should make certain that the current draft positive list for food contact products is harmonised with other countries. It is furthermore of important that the list is also offered in English.
  • Japan should accept inclusion of common non-SI units on measuring devices when SI units are also used.
  • Japan should simplify its Denan Law, avoid introducing further unique Japanese requirements and make certain that detailed information on standards and their application are readily available in English.