EU calls for WTO comments on revision of Plastics Implementing Measure

The European Commission has submitted the text of a forthcoming revision of Regulation 10/2011 to the World Trade Organization’s Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT) programme.

Notification to trade partners via the WTO-TBT is typically one of the final administrative steps before the revision of a regulation is passed into a member’s legal code. The commission expects to adopt the revised law in December 2015. The new law will add several new substances to the positive list given in Annex I of the EU’s regulation of plastic food contact materials and articles.

The new substances are:

  • FCM 871 – Dodecanoic acid, 12-amino-, polymer with ethene, 2,5-furandione, a-hydro-w-hydroxypoly (oxy-1,2-ethanediyl) and 1-propene;
  • FCM 1031 – Furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid;
  • FCM 1034 – 1,7-octadiene;
  • FCM 1045 – Perfluoro{acetic acid, 2-[(5-methoxy-1,3-dioxolan-4-yl)oxy]}, ammonium salt;
  • FCM 1048 – Ethylene glycol dipalmitate;
  • FCM 1051 – N,N’-bis(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-piperidinyl) isophthalamide;
  • FCM 1052 – 2,4,8,10-tetraoxaspiro[5.5] undecane-3,9-diethanol,B3,B3,B9,B9-tetramethyl- (‘SPG’);
  • FCM 1053 – Fatty acids, C16–18 saturated, esters with dipentaerythritol.

At the same time the proposed amendment will change the specific migration limits (SMLs) from food contact materials for three metals. These are given in Annex II of Regulation 10/2011.

The new SMLs are:

  • For aluminium 1mg/kg;
  • For nickel 0.02 mg/kg;
  • For zinc 5mg/kg – down from the 25mg/kg.

The third element addresses the status of rubber components under this legislation.

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