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Database BfR Recommendations on Food Contact Materials
General Information

General Information

Since 1958 the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) or its predecessor institutions publish the "Recommendations on the health assessment of plastics and other high polymers" (Plastics Recommendations) like for instance paper and rubber. The acceptance of new substances into the recommendations and the adaptation of current legal regulations require regular amendments, which are published in the “Bundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz” as notifications. The latest versions of the recommendations are also published in the Database BfR Recommendations on Food Contact Materials, which can be accessed via: http://bfr.ble.de/kse/faces/DBEmpfehlung_en.jsp.

The BfR Recommendations on Food Contact Materials are not legal norms. They do, however, represent the current state of the scientific and technical knowledge for the conditions under which consumer goods made of high polymer substances meet the requirements of § 31, para 1, German Food and Feed Code (Lebensmittel-, Bedarfsgegenstände- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch, LFGB) as well as those of Article 3, para 1 a of the Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 in respect to their health safety. According to these provisions, materials and articles that come into contact with food shall be manufactured in compliance with good manufacturing practice so that, under normal or foreseeable conditions of use, they do not transfer their constituents to food in quantities which could endanger human health. If consumer goods are produced or used in a manner that deviates from the provisions of the recommendations, the manufacturer or user may receive complaints based on food law provisions (§§ 30, 31 para 1 LFGB).

New substances are included in the recommendations through application by the manufacturer to the BfR. With respect to the European harmonisation of legal provisions for materials and articles which come into contact with food which is already underway, the application must be submitted on the basis of the European Commission questionnaire which can be downloaded on the following Internet page: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/de/scdocs/scdoc/21r.htm (Note for Guidance). Further information on the submission of applications is available at: http://www.bfr.bund.de/en/bfr_recommendations_on_food_contact_materials-1711.html

Questions and comments can be sent to the following e-mail address: 74@bfr.bund.de.

Without approval of the BfR, further commercial use of the recommendations is prohibited.