European Food Contact Regulations
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The European Commission has circulated a preliminary draft text for what would be, if adopted in its draft scope, a significant 16th amendment to Regulation (EU) No 10/2011. This comes at a time when some members of the food packaging industry in Europe are seeking progress in areas of non-harmonized legislation such as paper and inks, rather than more detail on materials that already have detailed specific measures. It is interesting to note therefore, that the focus of the Commission appears to be on a detailed review of Regulation (EU) 10/2011. In a previously published opinion of April 2020, EFSA reviewed 451 compounds listed in 10/2011 without specific migration limits (SMLs) and generated a list of 284 substances requiring further review.
These have been classified into three groups as follows:
The draft 16th amendment deletes the listing for two of the three substances in the high priority category from Annex 1 of the Regulation and adds a procedure to allow for their continued use, subject to a valid application. In addition, the amendment revokes the listing for wood flour following an EFSA opinion of 24 October 2019 that wood species cannot be assumed to be risk-free.
A new approach to transitional provisions is included, intended to avoid disruption to the supply chain. In summary, the draft amendment addresses the following:
Finally, the 16th amendment, if published in its present draft scope, will provide an interesting opportunity to observe how the UK government will update Great Britain food contact legislation and how this will be adopted in the devolved nations. As significant changes are made to EU legislation, the extent to which Great Britain remains aligned will become clear.
With over 30 years’ experience helping clients comply with ever-changing food contact legislation around the globe, Smithers provides advice, analytical testing and training to help you understand what you need to do to ensure regulatory compliance for your food contact materials.
While the above amendments are still in draft status, our expert team can help you be prepared for any upcoming changes and show compliance with proposed guidelines with support offerings such as:
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