Food Contact Materials

Food contact materials (FCMs) include packaging materials, storage containers and kitchen utensils. All these materials intended to come into contact with food or beverage products bear the risk of contamination by migration of substances from the food contact material to the food product, potentially creating health issues or altering the sensory characteristics of the food.
Therefore, all food contact materials are subject to regulations to ensure that their use is safe for the consumers. Regulations differ globally, but are usually defining what chemicals are authorized to be used to produce FCMs (positive list) but their potential migration is limited either by total or a specific migration limit.
Food Packaging manufacturers and the Food Industry have to ensure, that the FCMs are compliant with the regulations. This can be done by mathematical modelling to calculate the potential exposure but especially for potentially harmful compounds, additional testing is advisable.
In addition to the substances on the positive lists, also non intentionally added substances (NIAS) such as nitrosamines should be considered.
Find below links to reference materials product groups relevant for FCM testing, including potentally harmful compounds such as bisphenol A and bisphenol diglycidyl esters (Badge), phthalates or nitrosamines. Also you find links to product lists of reference materials for positive list compounds of some of the most important global FCM regulations. Also find a list to the extractables and leachables reference materials, including the most commonly found extractables and leachables according to the ELSIE list as well as two system suitability E&L CRM mixes.