In an article published on July 28, 2020, law firm Keller and Heckman LLP (KH) informed that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has announced the release of draft lists of existing substances used in synthetic resins for utensils, containers, and packaging. These are substances that were not included in the final positive list announced in April 2020 (FPF reported), but were placed in a separate list of substances allowed for continued use pending additional evaluation. The government agency has now consolidated revisions to these existing substances for inclusion in the final positive list. The draft lists containing the revisions are currently open for public comment.

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KH (July 28, 2020). “Japan Proposes Revisions to Positive List for Food-Contact Resins.”

David Ettinger and Eric Gu (July 31, 2020). “Expert Focus: What you need to know about Japan’s new positive list system.”

Chemical Watch (August 6, 2020). “Japan’s health ministry asks for input on revisions to FCM positive list.”


MHLW (July 8, 2020). “About procedure to revise positive list.” (in Japanese)