EHEDG Hygienic Design


Matcon have supplied systems for the most stringent of requirements within both the food and pharmaceutical sectors.


Most pharmaceutical projects are judged by FDA as the regulatory body, whereas the food industry have a handful of different, more regional regulators (BRC, AIB, BVL, SFDA, MAFF, etc).


In order to harmonise plant layouts and to assure global conformance, a number of global producers initiated the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG). This is a consortium of equipment manufacturers, food industries, research institutes as well as public health authorities and was founded in 1989 with the aim to promote hygiene during the processing and packing of food products.


The principal goal of EHEDG is the promotion of safe food by improving hygienic engineering and design in all aspects of food manufacture.


EHEDG focuses on hygienic engineering for food manufacturing establishments, particularly: Matcon IBC's



  • Equipment and building design
  • Cleanability
  • Equipment and building installation
  • Industrial services and utilities
  • Maintenance of assets



EHEDG actively supports European legislation, which requires that handling, preparation processing and packaging of food is done hygienically using hygienic machinery and in hygienic premises (EC Directive 2006/42/EC for Machinery, EN 1672-2 and EN ISO 14159 Hygiene requirement).


The EHEDG directive is one of the tools that Matcon use when designing equipment and solutions. We have gained recognition amongst the leading members of EHEDG as providers of "solutions that offer tremendous help in achieving hygienic and flexible production processes".