On March 18, 2021, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced the publication of an administrative guide on how to submit applications for approval of new recycling processes intended to produce recycled plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.

The guide describes among others the “procedure and associated timelines for handling applications on recycling processes, the different possibilities to interact with EFSA, as well as the support initiatives available for the preparation of the application intended to lead to an EFSA opinion.”

This administrative guidance will be updated, if needed, in accordance with relevant changes of the sectoral legislation and/or guidance documents.

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EFSA (March 18, 2021). “Administrative guidance for the preparation of applications on recycling processes to produce recycled plastics intended to be used for manufacture of materials and articles in contact with food.”
PackagingLaw.com (May 4, 2021). “EFSA’s Updated Administrative Guidance on Food-Contact Materials Subject to Authorizations Now in Effect.”