Evaluation of Food Contact Materials (FCMs)

All information related to the evaluation of food contact materials (FCMs) will be published on this page. It provides context to the evaluation, its purpose and scope and the main questions to be answered.

All relevant documents will be published here, including: the final report of a planned study to support the evaluation, its executive summary, abstract and annexes, as well as the eventual Staff Working Document produced by the Commission.

The starting point for this evaluation was a roadmap published in November 2017 to inform citizens and stakeholders about the Commission's plans and to allow them to provide feedback on the intended initiative and to participate effectively in future consultation activities.

The following information also describes the consultation process and will inform on the estimated timeframes (planned, ongoing and completed consultation activities). Other documents such as a synopsis report presenting the results of all the different stakeholder consultation activities will be published here as well.

A stakeholder workshop to kick-start the evaluation took place in Brussels on Monday 24 September 2018, the first major step in the consultation process. There was involvement of a wide range of stakeholders representing all interests on FCM, who contributed effectively during the workshop. A broadcast of the event can be found by clicking on the link in the table below, along with a list of organisations that participated and copies of presentations.

Evaluation workshop documents



24 September 2018

Workshop document


List of participating organisations


Background and context

Purpose and scope

Evaluation questions

Existing information and data collection


Stakeholder consultation

Consultation tools

The different steps of the consultation process and strategy require different types of consultation activities. Depending on the stakeholder group identified, different tools and methods will be used in order to conduct the consultation.

During a 4-week period 28 November – 26 December 2017, all interested stakeholders were able to provide feedback on the FCM Evaluation Roadmap. This was the first step of the consultation procedure in order to receive feedback on the scope of the general consultation approach to the evaluation. A total of 26 stakeholders responded, including business organisations and NGOs.

Henceforth, the primary data collection strategy will include the following consultation tools (please note that all timings are subject to confirmation):

Consultation tools

Available documents


For more information or specific questions on the evaluation, please email SANTE-FCM-EVALUATION@ec.europa.eu.