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Food contact material applications: regulations and guidance

EU legislation and EFSA guidance documents detail how to compile dossiers for food contact material applications and what type of scientific data and other information must be included. EFSA regularly updates its guidance documents. Applicants are reminded to ensure they are using the latest version before applying.

Food contact materials

Regulatory framework

Recycling process to produce recycled plastic

Administrative guidance and support initiatives

Applicable to applications submitted until 26 March 2021 Applicable to applications submitted as of 27 March 2021
Guidelines on submission of a dossier for safety evaluation by EFSA of a recycling process to produce recycled plastics Administrative guidance for the preparation of applications on recycling processes to produce recycled plastics intended to be used for manufacture of materials and articles in contact with food
Administrative guidance for the processing of applications for regulated products Administrative guidance for the processing of applications for regulated products (update 2021)
EFSA's Catalogue of support initiatives during the life-cycle of applications for regulated products EFSA's Catalogue of support initiatives during the life-cycle of applications for regulated products (update 2021)

Scientific guidance

Applicable to applications submitted until 26 March 2021 Applicable to applications submitted as of 27 March 2021
Guidelines on submission of a dossier for safety evaluation by EFSA of a recycling process to produce recycled plastics Guidelines on submission of a dossier for safety evaluation by EFSA of a recycling process to produce recycled plastics (update 2021)
Applicable to all applications (submitted before or after 27 March 2021)
Scientific Opinion on the criteria for safety evaluation of a mechanical recycling process to produce recycled PET intended to be used for manufacture of materials and articles in contact with food

Other guidance

Active and intelligent materials and articles

Administrative guidance and support initiatives

Applicable to applications submitted until 26 March 2021 Applicable to applications submitted as of 27 March 2021
Guidelines on submission of a dossier for safety evaluation by the EFSA of active or intelligent substances present in active and intelligent materials and articles intended to come into contact with food Administrative guidance for the preparation of applications on substances to be used in active and intelligent materials and articles intended to come into contact with food 
Administrative guidance for the processing of applications for regulated products Administrative guidance for the processing of applications for regulated products (update 2021)
EFSA's Catalogue of support initiatives during the life-cycle of applications for regulated products EFSA's Catalogue of support initiatives during the life-cycle of applications for regulated products (update 2021)

Scientific guidance

Applicable to applications submitted until 26 March 2021 Applicable to applications submitted as of 27 March 2021
Guidelines on submission of a dossier for safety evaluation by the EFSA of active or intelligent substances present in active and intelligent materials and articles intended to come into contact with food Guidelines on submission of a dossier for safety evaluation by the EFSA of active or intelligent substances present in active and intelligent materials and articles intended to come into contact with food (update 2021)

Other guidance