Development of Technical Specifications

The Technical Specifications (TS) for foods are specialized technical documents whereby the manufacturer assigns the quality characteristics and safety standards of a separate type or a group of products. These requirements are deemed necessary and sufficient to identify the product, to control its qualitative characteristics, and to comply with safety rules during production, storage and transportation.

In order to precisely identify a particular product, the Specifications assign its full name, physical and chemical properties, organoleptic characteristics, detailed composition, and information on the content of its ingredients. Description of features of shape, size, and weight of the end product, indication of the category, class and other important indicators to uniquely identify the product may also be required.

The Technical Specifications are required in a number of cases:

  • When there are no specialized national or international standards applicable in the territory of the Russian Federation and assigning the Technical Specifications for production of the product;
  • If there is an applicable GOST assigning common Technical Specifications and the manufacturer should specify or supplement the relevant rules for a single product.

If there are no GOSTs or Technical Specifications applicable for this type of products, the developed Technical Specifications should meet GOSTs in terms of methods of food quality control, its labeling, packaging, storage and transport conditions.

If there are applicable standards of general Technical Specifications or specialized Technical Specifications for a group of foods, the standards for the products regulated by new Technical Specifications should be drawn up taking into account the rules assigned by these standards.

If provisions of GOST of general Technical Specifications are specified or complemented in the Technical Specifications, the new indicators should not get worse in comparison with GOST standards.

New Technical Specifications for products with regulatory specifications thereof already assigned by GOST standards should not be designed.
In addition, the standards for foods assigned in the Technical Specifications should not violate Russian law, provisions of legal acts of various specifications, provisions of GOSTs, SanPiN, and veterinary regulations.
These provisions should be indicated in the Technical Specifications on a mandatory basis, in the form of references to specific provisions of these documents.

When requirements for a single product are not specified by GOST, and when there are no officially assigned sanitary epidemiological standards, it is necessary to develop provisions of the new Technical Specifications taking into account standards for products related in regard to the ingredient composition and manufacturing conditions.

Implementation of provisions of the designed Technical Specifications is mandatory for legal entities and individual entrepreneurs engaged in production and circulation of the product. Furthermore, the Technical Specifications should be strictly observed during storage and transportation of the product.

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Updating of Technical Specifications

The applicable Technical Specifications may and should be updated if their standards have become contrary to the provisions of legislation, GOST, SanPiN, and veterinary standards.

Updating of the Technical Specifications may be required due to modifications in regulatory quality characteristics and safety requirements for specific types of products. Updating of such requirements may be initiated by stakeholders (organizations and individuals) or by the holder of the original copy of specific TS. The holder of this original is an organization that has developed and approved the Technical Specifications.

In addition, updating of the Technical Specifications should be carried out in accordance with the prescription of supervising bodies.

Updating of the Technical Specifications is performed by the holder of the original copy during reviewing and amending of certain provisions.

In certain cases, development of the new Technical Specifications instead of the applicable ones may be required. This may be necessary if the provisions of the document are updated to the extent that the Technical Specifications and the results of the definition of the product produced according to these Technical Specifications have changed. In other situations, updating of the Technical Specifications is a process of designing, approval, subsequent adoption and registration of amendments according to the required method.

The holder of the original copy is authorized to cancel the Technical Specifications by personal decision or pursuant to the requirements of competent authorities.

All the information obtained from the customer shall be considered confidential in the framework of the development contract.

For the development of the Technical Specifications, the following information is required:

  • Product name;
  • Product range;
  • Formulations and composition of the products;
  • Technology of preparation of the products;
  • Information on the legal entity (director name, OKPO (All-Russian Classifier of Enterprises and Organizations), TIN, name of the company).

Approval should occur between the customer and the developer.

The Technical Specifications should be approved without determination of a period of their validity. This stage is carried out directly by the developer or by an authorized body. Amending of the Technical Specifications should be carried out in a similar manner.

A majority of the Technical Specifications is not subject to registration, but Specifications for foods, chemicals, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products are registered on a mandatory basis. Official registration facilitates the subsequent certification of production and uniquely identifies the owner of the Technical Specifications as of an item of intellectual property.

In the process of registration of the Technical Specifications, the cover sheet should be marked with the stamp of the registrar. Registration of the Technical Specifications for foods is permitted solely and exclusively in authorized and accredited bodies located at the place of actual location of the organization which has developed and approved the specific Technical Specifications.

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