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Food Contact Materials - Framework Regulation

What rules does the Framework Regulation set?

General principles of the Framework Regulation

The Regulation - in force since 3 December 2004 - requires that food contact materials:

Framework Regulation EC 1935/2004

Groups of materials and articles

The Regulation establishes 17 groups of materials and articles which may be covered by specific measures. The specific measures may cover also combinations of different materials or recycled materials:

There are specific measures for ceramics, regenerated cellulose, plastics, recycled plastics and active and intelligent materials and articles.

The Regulation includes definitions on active and intelligent packaging. If the materials release substances in the food that change the food composition or properties, then these substances must comply with food legislation e.g. food additives.

These materials and articles cannot be used to mask spoilage of food and mislead the consumer.

Procedure for authorisation

The Regulation establishes the authorisation procedure for:

Applicants must:

  1. Prepare applications in accordance with the guidance of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA);
  2. Submit applications via a national contact point ;
  3. EFSA evaluates them and gives an opinion;
  4. Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) gives an opinion.
  5. Authorisation is granted by listing the substance in legislation.