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Food contact materials technical guidance documents

Technical specifications of performing official controls practically and how to perform compliance testing are generally not detailed in legislative documents, and therefore there can be gaps in a harmonised approach. The food contact material group develops technical guidelines for the implementation of legislation related to food contact materials. This can be done in two ways. Technical guidelines can be developed on request of or in close cooperation with DG SANCO. This is mainly done by the formation of a task force consisting of experts in the field and covering all stakeholders.

The EURL-NRL network can also develop technical guidelines. The guidelines provide a unified understanding of the practical implementation. The impact has been the ability for NRLs to be able to give a harmonised competent advice in this field to their National Authority, Food Inspection and private compliance laboratories. The work is normally organised in the form of dedicated workshops and smaller task forces of volunteer experts within the NRLs. This has allowed generating several much needed guidelines within two years.

These guidelines are published as public documents (see below). These are not legally binding but represent a consensus for the official controls regarding food contact materials.

 

Guidance document on fat reduction factor, functional barrier concept, phthalates and primary aromatic amines

Hoekstra E.J., Petersen J.H., Bustos J. (2011) Guidance document on fat reduction factor, functional barrier concept, phthalates and primary aromatic amines. Publication Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, JRC Scientific and Technical Report, EUR 25112 EN

 

Calculator for the correction of the experimental specific migration for comparison with the legislative limit 

Petersen J.H., Hoekstra E.J. (2011) Calculator for the correction of the experimental specific migration for comparison with the legislative limit in Regulation (EC) No 10/2011 on plastic food contact materials (version January 2012) FCM FRF-DRF-TRF spreadsheet for Regulation 20120111.xls

 

Guideline on testing migration of primary aromatic amines from polyamide utensils and for formaldehyde from melamine-based kitchenware in support of Regulation (EU) No 284/2011 on imports from China and Hong-Kong 

Simoneau C., Hoekstra E., Bradley E., Busto J., Golja V., Kappenstein O., Kalsbeek D., Keegan J., Milana M.R., Cwiek-Ludwicka K., Petersen J.H., Polz M., Sauvegrain P., Vanhee F. (2011) Technical guidelines on testing the migration of primary aromatic amines from polyamide kitchenware and of formaldehyde from melamine kitchenware - in support of Commission Regulation 284/2011 laying down specific conditions and detailed procedures for the import of polyamide and melamine plastic kitchenware originating in or consigned from People's Republic of China and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China. 1st edition 2011. Office for Official Publications of the European Union, JRC Scientific and Technical Report, EUR 24815 EN

 

Task force on migration modelling

Simoneau C. (ed) (2010) Applicability of generally recognised diffusion models for the estimation of specific migration in support of EU Directive 2002/72/EC, Publication Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, JRC Scientific and Technical Report, EUR 24514 EN. The main contributors to this document are (in alphabetical order): R. Brandsch, B. Brands, R. Franz, M. Klatt, M.R. Milana, O. Piringer, A. Schaefer, C. Simoneau, X. Trier and O. Vitrac

 

Guidelines on test conditions for kitchenware

Simoneau C. (2009) Guidelines on Testing Conditions for Articles In Contact With Foodstuffs (With A Focus on Kitchenware) - A EURL-NRL-FCM Publication, 1st Edition. Publication Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, JRC Scientific and Technical Report, EUR 23814 EN

 

Guidelines to evaluate method performance and conduct validation studies of analytical methods for FCM

Bratinova S., Raffael B., Simoneau C. (2009) Guidelines for performance criteria and validation procedures of analytical methods used in controls of food contact materials. 1st edition 2009. Publication Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, JRC Scientific and Technical Report, EUR 24105 EN