In an article published on July 11, 2016 by the non-profit organization CHEM Trust, Michael Warhurst informs about a workshop that CHEM Trust organized on March 10, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop’s aim was to discuss with experts from the European Commission (EC), academia, civil society groups, and industry “the overlap and gaps between the main chemicals regulation REACH [(Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals)] and the laws on chemicals in food contact materials [(FCMs)].” In particular, non-harmonized FCMs (e.g. paper and board), the interaction between REACH and FCM legislation controls, and non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) were discussed. The meeting notes are available on CHEM Trust’s website.

CHEM Trust notes that the workshop was under Chatham House rules, meaning that “the statements in the notes are not attributed to anyone.” In addition, CHEM Trust clarifies: “The notes are purely a collection of points made; there is no implication that these points are supported by all or even most of those present. The notes should not be used as a reference document, but as the notes of a discussion; some of the statements may be disputed or incomplete.”

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Michael Warhurst (July 11, 2016). “Chemicals in food contact materials: notes from a workshop on regulatory gaps.CHEM Trust