EU To Conduct Market Surveillance Activities for FCM Products
On May 17, 2019, the European Commission issued a proposal (EU) 2019/794 on the Food Contact Materials (FCM) Collaborative Control Plan in its Official Gazette to determine the migration of substances from food contact materials and products.
This proposal would allow EU member states to strengthen their market surveillance activities for various types of food contact materials in the coming months, mainly targeting substances in food contact materials and their migration, as well as the overall migration in food contact material.
Proposal (EU) 2019/794 requires Member States to conduct market surveillance in accordance with the requirements stated in the appendix “Coordinated Control Plan Actions and Scope”, along with the following points:
- Based on the requirements for migration/release of substances as specified in EU Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004, Plastics Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 and other applicable regulations, Member States shall inspect a minimum of 1,650 samples for safety compliance with food contact materials from June 1st to 20th, 2019. The results of the assessment shall be reported to the European Commission by February 29, 2020.
- Target Samples & Substances:
|Target Substances||Target FCM Products|
|Primary aromatic amine (PAA)||Metal & Plastic kitchen utensils|
|Formaldehyde and Melamine||Paper and cardboard (Packaging & substrate materials)|
|Phenol||Varnished or coated materials|
|Bisphenol (includes BPA and BPS)||Printed plastic|
|Phthalates and Non-phthalate plasticizers||PC plastic and PES plastics|
|Perfluorinated Compounds||Coated metal packaging|
|Metals||Plastic material products, especially PVC|
|Overall Migration||Ceramic, enamel and glass|
|Non-traditional plastic kitchen utensils, such as plastic products using natural sources (such as bamboo) additives|
- Number of Samples:
|Member States||Minimum # of Samples|
|Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Italy & United Kingdom||100|
|Czech Republic, Cyprus, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland & Romania||75|
|Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Croatia, Lithuania, Austria, Portugal & Sweden||50|
|Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovenia, Slovakia & Finland||25|
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