New Guidance on Food Contact Materials

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has updated the guidance provided to applicants with clearer advice on how to submit dossiers for the safety assessment of substances to be used in plastic Food Contact Materials. This safety assessment is a condition for putting these materials on the market in the European Union. Previously covered in one guidance document, EFSA has now published separate scientific and administrative documents. The scientific guidance includes updated information on the dataset required to assess the genotoxic potential of a substance, while the administrative guidance details the application procedure and introduces new forms applicants should use when preparing and presenting an application.

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