On March 22, 2021, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced the publication of an administrative guide on how to submit applications for approval of substances “to be used in plastic and intended to come into contact with food.”

The guide describes among others the “procedure and associated timelines for handling applications on substances to be used in plastic food contact materials, the different possibilities to interact with EFSA, and the support initiatives available from the preparation of the application (pre-submission phase) to the adoption and publication of EFSA’s scientific opinion.” This administrative guidance will be updated as needed to reflect relevant changes to the sectoral legislation and/or guidance documents.

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EFSA (March 22, 2021). “Administrative guidance for the preparation of applications on substances to be used in plastic food contact materials

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