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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
On 29th of November 2011 a workshop was organised on the "Sensory science for food contact materials safety". The scope of this workshop was to give an overview of the state of the art of sensory testing in the framework of Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 that states that food contact materials should not change the sensory properties of the food. The implementation of this article is hindered by the lack of guidance on methodologies adequately covering the testing of compliance of this article. The workshop reviewed how sensory testing is done by various stakeholders, where convergence already exist and where the gaps still are or harmonization is needed.