Laws and Regulations
In the European Union, there are specific laws and regulations that govern the sampling of bulk materials. The exact requirements can vary depending on the type of material and its intended use. Here are some examples:
- Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 establishes the general principles and requirements of food law, including requirements for the sampling and analysis of food and feed.
- Regulation (EC) No 152/2009 sets out the methods for the sampling and analysis for the official control of feed.
- Directive 2002/63/EC sets out methods for the sampling of food and its components for the detection of mycotoxins.
- For bulk materials classified as hazardous goods, special regulations for sampling and transportation apply, as set out in the ADR guidelines (European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road).
- For specific types of bulk materials, such as minerals and ores, there are specific standards (e.g., ISO standards) that regulate sampling.
- In certain sectors, such as agriculture, national or regional regulations may impose additional requirements on sampling.
It's important to note that these laws and regulations are regularly updated, and it is the responsibility of companies to ensure that they comply with the current requirements. Therefore, companies should review their sampling procedures regularly and make adjustments if necessary. It can also be helpful to consult with an experienced advisor or accredited laboratory to ensure that the sampling procedures comply with legal requirements.
Outside the European Union, there are specific laws and regulations that govern the sampling of bulk materials. The exact requirements can vary depending on the country and type of material. Some examples include:
- USA: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have detailed regulations and guidelines for sampling environmental and food samples. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets regulations for sampling materials in the workplace.
- Canada: Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have specific regulations and guidelines for sampling food and health products.
- Australia: The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the National Measurement Institute have regulations and guidelines for sampling food and agricultural products.
- China: The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the National Food Safety Standard have regulations for sampling food and other products.
This list is by no means exhaustive and provides only a few examples. It's important to note that these laws and regulations are regularly updated, and it is the responsibility of companies to ensure that they comply with the current requirements.