The final transition period under European Union Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come in contact with food is scheduled to end 31 December 2015.
Published in the EU’s Official Journal in 2011, the Regulation establishes requirements for the manufacture and marketing of plastic materials and articles intended for use with food and food products. Specifically, the Regulation prescribes compositional requirements and establishes limits on the migration of potentially harmful chemicals and other substances emanating from food plastics. Migration limits for food plastics must be verified through testing as specified in Annex V of the Regulation.
The provisions of the Regulation came into effect as of 1 January 2013, and most plastic materials and articles have been subject to migration testing since that date. However, under the transition timetable presented in the Regulation, additives used in plastic layers or plastic coatings in caps and closures, as well as additives used in glass fibre sizing for glass fibre reinforced plastics, were exempt from migration testing requirements until 31 December 2015.
Accordingly, manufacturers of these plastic materials and articles will be subject to the requirements of the Regulation as of 1 January 2016, and will need to ensure that their products have undergone migration testing before the end of the year.