On 9 May 2016, the Dutch Minister for Public Health, Welfare and Sport (VGP) notified the European Commission (EC) through the Technical Regulations Information System (TRIS) on a draft amendment to the Commodities Act Regulation on packaging and consumer articles, which states the requirements for substances that may be used during the manufacturing of food contact materials and articles. The proposed date of entry into force is 1 October 2016.
The amendment only concerns the additional substance to Part A of the Annex for plastic, paper and paperboard, metal and coating materials. It also allows an increase of the specific migration limit (SML) for zirconium from 0.05 mg/kg to 2 mg/kg.
Article 5 of the European Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004, the Framework Regulation for food contact materials, lays the specific measures for materials and articles listed in Annex I of that Regulation. In the absence of specific measures, Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 allows Member States to maintain or adopt national provisions.