On 3 November 2016, the Dutch Minister for Public Health, Welfare and Sport (“VGP”) published an amendment to the Commodities Act Regulation on packaging and consumer articles1. The amendment adopted the proposed changes that were reported earlier in E-ssentials Vol. 8 of 20162 and it will become effective on 1 January 2017.
The amendment included additional substances for the authorized use to Part A of the Annex for plastic, paper and paperboard, metal and coating materials. Also, it allowed an increase of the specific migration limit for zirconium from 0.05 mg/kg to 2 mg/kg.
Background Netherlands notified the European Commission (“EC”) through the Technical Regulations Information System (“TRIS”) on a draft Regulation amending Commodities Act Regulation on packaging and consumer articles on 9 May 20162. The final date for the EC and other EU Member States to comment on the draft was on 10 August 2016.