On October 7, 2020, the Council of Europe (CoE) published a new resolution on the safety and quality of materials and articles in contact with food.

The CoE explains that it believes member states “would benefit from harmonized state-of-the-art quality requirements and test procedures” for food contact materials (FCMs). Given the current lack of harmonized legislation for many food contact materials (FCMs), the CoE’s resolution is recommending that member state governments adopt suitable legislation and other measures to reduce the health risks arising from human exposure to chemicals released from materials or articles with food contact.

The body recommends developing the measures with support from a set of guiding principles and technical guides published under the aegis of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM). The resolution specifically mentions that it does not prevent governments from maintaining or adopting national measures that implement stricter or different rules and regulations.

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Council of Europe (October 7, 2020). “Resolution CM/Res (2020)9 on the safety and quality of materials and articles for contact with food.