On December 16, 2016 the EU Reference Laboratory for food contact materials (EURL-FCM) of the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) published a report on interlaboratory comparison of migration testing, focused on substance quantification.
Participating laboratories had to carry out a migration test for a multilayer plastic film by immersion in food simulant A (ethanol 10%) for 10 days at 60°C. Two substances had to be quantified, caprolactam (CAS 105-60-2) and 2,4-di-tert butyl phenol (CAS 96-76-4), representing intentionally and non-intentionally added substances, respectively.
Out of 29 participating laboratories, 28 have submitted results. For both substances, more than 80% of the returned results were considered “fully satisfactory.”
EURL-FCM (December 16, 2016). “Report of an inter-laboratory comparison from the European Union Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials: ILC02 2015 – Specific migration from a multilayer in food simulant A.”
Tsochatzis, E., et al. (2016). “Report of an inter-laboratory comparison from the European Union Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials. ILC02 2015 – Specific migration from a multilayer in food simulant A.” JRC EURL-FCM, EUR 27828 EN, doi:10.2788/461872 (published December 16, 2016) (pdf)