Public consultation on draft scientific opinion on "recent developments in the risk assessment of chemicals in food and their potential impact on the safety assessment of substances used in food contact materials"

7 October 2015
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EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) has launched an open consultation on its draft opinion on recent developments in the risk assessment of chemicals in food and their potential impact on the safety assessment of substances used in food contact materials. Among the issues considered by the draft opinion are:

  • Revisiting the estimation of consumer exposure – three food consumption categories could be set and special exposure scenarios could be used if consumption is lower.
  • Whereas the toxicity data requirement stays related to the expected human exposure following the tiered approach recommended by the former Scientific Committee on Food, the related tiers and toxicological data needed for the safety evaluation could be updated.
  • Regarding the identification and evaluation of migrating substances, experience gained over the years has shown that more focus is needed on the finished materials and articles.
  • Considering migrating non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) such as impurities of the substance, reaction and degradation products of which the oligomers can be the dominant class, the same approach as used for authorised substances could in principle be applied for their toxicological assessment. Except for oligomers, however, non-testing methods could be taken into account on a case-by-case basis, for priority setting and for a toxicological assessment of NIAS.

This document is not intended to be a guidance document. Together with a report on this public consultation, it will provide the European Commission with the scientific basis for a discussion amongst risk managers on possible implications on risk management. Once discussed, the European Commission will advise EFSA on the possible levels of protection for consumers to be considered in the next step, i.e. the Guidance presenting the actual data requirements for future applications for safety assessment of substances to be used in food contact materials.

How to participate

All stakeholders and interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 7 October 2015. Please use the electronic template provided ( to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. Kindly note that after 2 hours of non‑activity your working session will expire and comments submitted after that time will not be recorded and transmitted. Therefore, if the page is left inactive for more than 2 hours, please re-open it from the link before restarting to comment.If you would like to submit additional data to support your comments or file send an email to: [FIP.PublicConsult.50 [at]]. Please note that comments will not be considered if they:

  • are submitted after the closing date of the public consultation 
  • are presented in any form other than what is provided for in the instructions and template
  • are not related to the contents of the document
  • contain complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material
  • are related to policy or risk management aspects, which is out of the scope of EFSA's activity.

EFSA will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the relevant EFSA Panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.

All comments submitted will be published. Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously. Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation. 

7 July 2015