Extensive literature search on mineral oil hydrocarbons

25 June 2020 - 23:59 (CEST)


  • Budget: 50,000.00 €
  • Approximate launch date: end of June
  • Deadline to register interest: 25/06/2020
  • Background: Mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH) are complex mixtures, which are defined as substances of unknown and variable composition (UVCB substances) in the REACH Regulation (EFSA, 2019). They consist of three major classes of hydrocarbon compounds, namely (i) straight and branched open-chain alkanes (paraffins), (ii) mostly alkylated cycloalkanes (naphthenes) and (iii) alkylated and non-alkylated aromatics. The first two classes are collectively defined as mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and the third class is defined as mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) (EFSA CONTAM Panel, 2012).
    MOH do not encompass the hydrocarbons naturally occurring in food; i.e. n-alkanes of predominantly odd-numbered carbons from C21 to C35, hydrocarbons of terpenic origin, such as squalene, and carotenoids. Polyolefin oligomeric saturated hydrocarbons (POSH), that may be present in food due to migration from plastic packaging (such as polyethylene or polypropylene), are not included in the term MOSH (EFSA, 2019).
    EFSA seeks to receive a comprehensive collection and overview of the publicly available information on these compounds and an evaluation of this information with regard to its relevance for the assessment of risks to human health.
  • Objectives 
  1. To develop search strategies to retrieve information pertinent to the human health risk assessment of MOH;
  2. To carry out the extensive literature search;
  3. To evaluate the literature with regard to their relevance for human health risk assessment of MOH.
  • Selection criteria – technical and professional capacity:

    The proposed experts must have demonstrable experience in the following areas:

    • 1 toxicologist of at least 5 years of experience, and;
    • 1 human epidemiologist of at least 5 years of experience, and;
    • 1 expert in occurrence/analysis of contaminants/chemicals in food/feed of at least 5 years of experience, and;
    • 1 data manager of at least 5 years of experience.

If you are interested in this procedure please send an email within the deadline to efsaprocurement [at] efsa.europa.eu quoting the reference of the procedure and specifying the following:

  • your name/organisation’s name and address;
  • whether you participate as a physical person or an organisation/private company.
12 June 2020