On January 18, 2018, the European Commission (EC) published the 9th amendment to Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. This amendment was originally proposed as the 8th, but the EC had to change the numbering due to administrative reasons.
The 9th amendment adopted four scientific opinions approving the use of new food contact substances (FPF reported). The approved substances are 2,4,4’-trifluorobenzophenone (CAS 80512-44-3), 2,3,3,4,4,5,5-heptafluoro-1-pentene (CAS 1547-26-8), tungsten oxide (CAS 39318-18-8), and mixture of methyl-branched and linear C14-C18 alkanamides, derived from fatty acids (CAS 85711-28-0). Further, the amendment extended the authorization of one polymer ((butadiene, styrene, methyl metacrylate, butyl acrylate) copolymer cross-linked with divinylbenzene or 1,3-butanediol dimethacrylate (CAS 25101-28-4)) by specifying additional conditions for its safe use in food contact materials (FCMs).
The next amendment is currently being discussed (FPF reported).
Packaging Law (September 11, 2017). “European Commission notifies draft 9th amendment to the plastics regulation to the WTO.”
Chemical Watch (January 23, 2018). “EU approves use of five plastics as FCMs.“