Handling of materials and articles intended to come into contact with food


If you intend to start operations in the field of preparing, processing and marketing materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, then you need to submit a notice of economic activities to the Veterinary and Food Board before commencing economic activities

The handling of materials and articles intended to come into contact with food is regulated by the following legislation:

  • General Part of the Economic Activities Code Act;
  • Food Act;
  • Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food;
  • Commission Regulation No. 2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food;
  • Commission Regulation No. 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food;
  • Commission Regulation No. 282/2008 on recycled plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food;
  • Commission Regulation No. 284/2011 laying down specific conditions and detailed procedures for the import of polyamide and melamine plastic kitchenware originating in or consigned from the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China;
  • Commission Regulation No. 1895/2005 on the restriction of use of certain epoxy derivatives in materials and articles intended to come into contact with food;
  • Commission Regulation No. 450/2009 on active and intelligent materials and articles intended to come into contact with food;
  • Regulation No. 93 of the Minister of Rural Affairs from 3 November 2014 “The requirements for materials and articles permitted to come into contact with food, the special requirements for the groups thereof and the methods for testing the safety of such materials and articles”;
  • Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of The Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs;
  • Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety.

More information on the handling of materials and articles intended to come into contact with food is available on the website of the Veterinary and Food Board.

Cross-border operation

If the company has been founded and operates as a food business operator in a field of handling, requiring a notice of economic activity in another European Economic Area country, and wishes to operate permanently in the same field of handling also in Estonia, it shall submit a notice of economic activity before starting operation in Estonia.

Information of operation in another EEA country can be found in the common contact point EUGO of the relevant country.

Completing and submitting a notice

A notice of economic activities can be submitted:

  • via the client portal of the Ministry of Rural Affairs (the portal can be entered with and ID-card or mobile ID);
  • digitally signed by e-mail to the VFB’s local institution of the undertaking’s location;
  • by regular mail or by delivering in person to the VFB’s local institution of the undertaking’s location;
  • through a notary.

The undertakings, who submit an electronic application, fill in their notice directly in the information system and do not have to prepare a separate PDF or paper document. The form of the notice of economic activities (.doc, 205 kB) is available on the website of VFB.

NB! By providing an e-mail address on the notice of economic activities, the handler consents to having the administrative act delivered electronically.

Changing the data of a notice of economic activity

You must submit an application for changing the data of a notice of economic activity.

Application for changing the activity licence can be submitted:

The persons who want to submit electronic application through the customer portal shall fill in the application directly in the information system and do not need to submit a separate PDF file or document on paper.

Form of application for activity licence (.doc, 266 kB, in Estonian) is available on the website of VFB.

Termination of economic activity

If you wish to renounce or terminate the handling of materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, then you need to submit a notice on the termination or temporary renouncement of economic activities to the Veterinary and Food Board. In case of termination of the handling, the notice must state the date of termination of economic activities. If the handling is temporarily renounced, then the handler can state the date of renouncement and re-commencement of economic activities.

You can submit a notice on the termination or temporary renouncement of economic activities:

  • via the client portal of the Ministry of Rural Affairs (the portal can be entered with and ID-card or Mobile-ID);
  • digitally signed by e-mail to feed@vet.agri.ee;
  • by regular mail to the Office of Feeds of the Veterinary and Food Board at Väike-Paala 3, 11415 Tallinn;
  • by delivering it to the VFB (Väike-Paala 3, 11415 Tallinn) or its local institution;
  • through a notary.

The form of a notice of termination or temporary renouncement of economic activities is available on the website of the Veterinary and Food Board. The undertakings who submit an electronic notice fill in their notice directly in the information system and do not have to prepare a separate PDF or paper document.

Supervision

The compliance of handling of materials and articles intended to come into contact with food is supervised by the Veterinary and Food Board. The hourly fee rate for performing operations related to food and veterinary supervision is 11.5 euros.

Contact details

Substantive information

Katrin Kempi, phone +372 605 4762, e-mail katrin.kempi@vet.agri.ee

General information and technical questions regarding the register

E-mail kliendiportaal@agri.ee, phone 625 6100

Last amended: 15-02-2017 15:17 | Compiled by: Veterinary and Food Board