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SPECIFIC MIGRATION FROM PLASTIC MATERIALS

Objective



The Commission is in the process of completing the Community law in the sector of plastic materials as laid down in the Framework Directive (89/109/EEC) relating to materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs. According to Directive 90/128/EEC a number of monomers and starting substances can be used for the preparation of plastic materials. The maximum quantity of these monomers and starting substances that can be released from the plastics materials into foodstuffs (SML), or may be present in the material as residual (QM), is established in the above Directive.
Verification of compliance with the migration limits shall be carried out in accordance with Directives 82/711/EEC, 85/572/EEC and 128/90/EEC, which concern the basic rules for testing migration, the list of simulants to be used for testing migration and establish the specific migration limits respectively.
According to the above Directives, CEN is about to complete methods for the measurement of migration of several monomers. However, methods for the determination of more than 40 monomers are urgently needed, and many more will be required when additives are considered under Directive 90/128/EEC. The objective of the project is to develop the basic methodology for determination of monomers with emphasis on multi-methods. These methods will be drafted as CEN norms, CEN taking responsibility for their validation. The project includes preparation of a handbook of analytical data.

STATUS

The preparation of a handbook of spectral and physico-chemical data of monomers has been undertaken in conjunction with a bank of monomers and starting substances by the Food Science Laboratory, MAFF, Norwich, U.K..
Priorities for method development have been established in collaboration with other organisations and support to basic method development by Community laboratories is being arranged.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Imperial Chemical Industries plc (ICI)
Address
Wilton Materials Research Centre
TS6 8JE Middlesbrough
United Kingdom

Participants (20)

Association pour le Developpement et la Recherche Appliquee aux Industries Agroalimentaires
France
Address
6,Rue De L'universite 6
29334 Quimper Cedex
Csi Ricerca Applicata Montedison
Italy
Address
Viale Lombardia 20
20021 Bollate Milano
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung eV (FhG)
Germany
Address
Schragenhofstraße 35
80992 München
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Address
Domaine De Vilvert
78352 Jouy-en-josas
Institut d'Hygiène et d'Epidémiologie
Belgium
Address
14,Rue J. Wytsman
1050 Bruxelles
Instituto Nacional de Saude Dr. Ricardo Jorge
Portugal
Address
Av. Padre Cruz
1699 Lisboa
Instituto Portugues da Qualidade
Portugal
Address
1378,Rua Prof. Reinaldo Dos Santos Lote
1199 Lisboa
Keuringsdienst van Waren in Utrecht
Netherlands
Address
6,Nijenoord
3552 AS Utrecht
Laboratoire National d'Essais
France
Address
5 Avenue Enrico Fermi
78190 Trappes
MAFF Food Science Laboratory
United Kingdom
Address
Norwich Research Park Colney
NR4 7UQ Norwich
Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo
Spain
Address
Carretera Majadahonda - Pozuelo, Km 2,2
28220 Majadahonda (Madrid)
NATEC Institut für Naturwissenschaftlichtechnische Dienste GmbH
Germany
Address
Behringstraße 154
22763 Hamburg
National Food Agency of Denmark
Denmark
Address
19,Mörkhöj Bygade
2860 Söborg
PIRA International
United Kingdom
Address
Randalls Road
KT22 7RU Leatherhead
PackForsk Normpack
Sweden
Address

16493 Kista - Stockolm
State University Gent
Belgium
Address
9,Korte Meer
9000 Gent
TNO Biotechnology & Chemistry Institute
Netherlands
Address

3700 AJ Zeist
Technical Research Centre of Finland
Finland
Address
Biologinkuja 1 - Vuorimiehentie 5
02044 Espoo
Tickle and Reynolds
United Kingdom
Address
83 Heavitree Road
EX1 2ND Exeter
Universidade do Porto
Portugal
Address
138,Rua Anibal Cunha
4000 Porto