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Legislation on specific materials


Directive 84/500/EEC :

  • Sets migration limits for cadmium and lead which might be released from decoration and/or glazing;
  • Gives the analytical method determining the migration of these substances.

Regenerated cellulose film

Directive 2007/42/EC :

  • Lists authorised substances and conditions for their use;
  • Includes provisions for plastic coated regenerated cellulose film.

Recycled plastic materials

Regulation EC 282/2008 :

  • Sets requirements for recycled plastics to be used in food contact materials; and
  • Introduces an authorisation procedure of recycling processes used in the manufacture of recycled plastics for food contact use.

Active and intelligent materials and articles

Regulation EC 450/2009:

  • Adds requirements to Regulation EC 1935/2004 for their safe use;
  • Introduces an authorisation scheme for substances used for active and intelligent functions in food contact materials.


Regulation EU/10/2011 pdf sets the rules for plastic food contact materials.

The following Regulations amend the rules in EU 10/2011:

  • Regulation EU 321/2011 bans the use of Bishenol A in plastic infant feeding bottles.
  • Regulation EU 1282/2011 adds new substances and amends restrictions and specifications of already authorised substances in the Union list.

What does the Regulation cover?

  • Printed or coated plastic materials and articles;
  • Printed or coated plastic multi-layer materials and articles held together by adhesives or other;
  • Plastic layers or coatings forming gaskets in caps and closures that make a set of 2 or more layers of different types of materials;
  • Plastic layers in multi-material, multi-layer materials and articles.

What rules does the Regulation set?

  • Union List of authorised monomers and additives for use in plastics manufacture;
  • Restrictions and specification for authorised substances including specific migration limits;
  • Rules on non-intentionally added substances i.e. impurities and reaction products;
  • Overall migration limit;
  • Rules on compliance especially migration testing, listing simulants, testing conditions;
  • The concept of functional barrier;
  • Authorisation for nano-materials before use;
  • Declaration of compliance and supporting documentation.

What does the Regulation replace? pdf

What does the Regulation consolidate? pdf

What does the Regulation repeal? pdf



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