How to Carry Out Migration Testing and Comply with EU Food Contact Regulations for Plastics?

How to Carry Out Migration Testing and Comply with EU Food Contact Regulations for Plastics?

Food contact materials in the European Union (EU) are regulated by the Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 and the GMP Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006. The Framework Regulation is implemented for plastics by the Plastics Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 and its amendments. The Plastics Regulation is the most comprehensive example of food contact legislation in the EU. It uses a combination of a positive list of authorized substances and migration limits to protect consumer safety. However, it does not cover all the chemicals used in plastics since it omits:

  1. Most polymer production aids;
  2. Most aids to polymerisation;
  3. Most colorants; and,
  4. Printing inks
It also does not give much guidance on evaluation of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS). This training will explain how to use a combination of the Plastics Regulation, EU member state national legislation, risk assessment and the Principle of Mutual Recognition to show that all the chemicals used in a plastic food contact material or article are safe and market it legally in the EU. There will be particular emphasis on the migration testing you need to carry out, documentation you need to keep and documentation you need to send to your customers.

Why you should not miss this training?

The Plastics Regulation is a complex piece of legislation with requirements to carry out migration testing, send information along the supply chain to customers and keep information that may be demanded by regulatory authorities.  However, the complexity is significantly increased by the gaps in it’s coverage and how to fill them so that plastics can be marketed legally.  Anyone involved in the food contact plastics supply chain who does not feel fully informed on how to show compliance for all the chemicals used in plastics would benefit from this training session.

Who should attend this training?

Anyone responsible for showing that the food contact plastic materials or articles produced by their company are compliant with the requirements of EU law, in particular:

  1. Regulatory affairs professionals; 
  2. Quality managers and quality department employees;
  3. Technical directors; 
  4. Other technical managers and executives; and, 
  5. Production line supervisors and sales and marketing professionals who wish to understand the legal requirements that their company’s products must comply with. 
Training Agenda

During this training following topics will be covered:

1.    The Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004.

2.    The GMP Regulation (EC) No 2023/2004 and its amendment regarding plastics recycling.

3.    The Plastics Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 and its amendments.

4.    The migration testing you need to do.

5.    What the Plastics Regulation does not cover.

6.    How to use EU member state national legislation to plug the gaps in the Plastics Regulation.

7.    How to evaluate non-intentionally added substances (NIAS).

8.    How to show compliance and legally market plastics for food contact applications:

        -    What you need to check and measure including migration testing;

        -    What documentation you need to give to your customers; and,

        -    What documentation you need to keep yourself. 

9.    A brief look at the proposals for future regulation of printed food contact materials.

10.   Conclusions followed by Q&A session to clear doubts

Areas for further discussions: EU food contact, EU food contact materials compliance, EU food contact materials regulations, migration testing, GMP, eu food labelling regulations, declaration of compliance food contact, food safe materials list, food contact materials database

Reviews (0)

Training Details

Instructor: Nick KERNOGHAN

Date: Thu May 09 , 2019

Time: 2:30 PM GMT (Check local time)

Duration: 90 min

Industry: Polymers and plastics

Training level: Regulations

Registration: Open

Training Fee: $189.00

Registration Includes

  • Participation - Live presentation and Q&A
  • Training material in PDF
  • Q&A Transcript
  • 15 day exclusive access to the recorded version to review and share
  • Training participation certificate*

About Instructor


After graduating from university in 1977 with an honours degree in chemistry Nick worked for British Petroleum for 19 years as an analytical chemist and manager. Then in 1996 he moved to Pira International, which became Smithers Pira in 2010, and lead the food contact testing and consultancy business until leaving to start his own independent consultancy business in 2015. Since 1996 he has helped companies achieve compliance with food contact regulations, in particular: - Compliance with global legislation in Europe, USA, Canada, the Mercosur countries, Japan, China, the ASEAN countries, Australia, New Zealand, India, Russia and Israel. - Notifications of new food contact substances to the FDA in the USA, EFSA in Europe and Health Canada; - Writing declarations of compliance; Helping companies get the information needed from their suppliers to enable them to comply with their regulatory responsibilities. - Producing QA, QC and supporting documentation systems for compliance with the GMP Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 - Evaluating NIAS in products for compliance with Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 - Training employees to understand their corporate responsibilities thereby ensuring compliance; and, - Responding to food packaging scares.