On August 11, 2020, France published its new “Order of 5 August 2020 relating to rubber materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs and pacifiers for infants and young children” (FPF reported). The new law replaces and repeals the Order of November 9, 1994, which covered rubber materials and articles in contact with food and drink.

An article by SafeGuardS published on August 25, 2020, summarized several important changes introduced by the new legislation, including, among others, clarifying “the definition of rubber covers and vulcanized thermoplastic elastomers, but not silicone elastomers,” updating the lists of authorized substances as well as corresponding restrictions and specifications in accordance with “new scientific information,” and updating “rules for verifying the conformity of rubber materials and articles,” along with introducing a “new requirement for declaration of compliance.”

The new Order will enter into force on July 1, 2021. Respective products which comply “with the existing Order before the new Order enters into force, and which were placed on the market for the first time before July 1, 2021, may continue to be marketed until stocks are exhausted.”

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Tsang, H. (August 25, 2020). “France issues new order on food contact rubber and pacifiers for young children.SafeGuardS

Chemical Watch (August 27, 2020). “France updates FCM rules for rubber children’s products.”


France (2020). “Arrêté du 5 août 2020 relatif aux matériaux et objets en caoutchouc destinés à entrer en contact avec des denrées alimentaires et aux sucettes pour nourrissons et enfants en bas-âge.” NOR: ECOC1903282A (in French)