Revision of EU Rules on FCMs
A revision of the EU legislation on FCMs was announced in May 2020 as part of the European Commission's Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. In it, the Commission commits to revise the FCM legislation to improve food safety and public health (in particular in reducing the use of hazardous chemicals), support the use of innovative and sustainable packaging solutions using environmentally-friendly, re-usable and recyclable materials, and contribute to food waste reduction. In addition, under the sustainable products initiative announced in the CEAP, it will work on a legislative initiative on re-use in food services to substitute single-use food packaging and cutlery by re-usable products.
The revision will be based on the findings of the Evaluation of current FCM legislation but will also reflect commitments given in other key strategies, including the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) and the Chemicals Strategy for sustainability towards a toxic-free environment. The starting point for the revision is a roadmap (inception impact assessment) which the Commission published on its Have Your Say website. The roadmap was open for feedback from all stakeholders for six weeks and was supported by a webinar held on Wednesday 20th January 2021. The roadmap and a summary of the feedback can be found in the table below.
The Commission has now launched a public consultation on 5 October 2022, open until 11 January 2023 seeking views from all interested parties on the revision of the FCM legislation. Further targeted consultation activities and supporting study work will be carried out in order to develop a full impact assessment for the revision and eventual legislative proposal.
If you have any questions or comments on the revision of FCM legislation, you can email SANTE-FCM-REVISION@ec.europa.eu.
The following documents support the ongoing activities of the revision of the FCM rules:
Roadmap (inception impact assessment): Revision of EU rules on food contact materials
18 December 2020
Webinar on the evaluation and revision of the EU rules on Food Contact Materials
20 January 2021
Summary of feedback from stakeholders on the roadmap (inception impact assessment)
25 January 2022
Copy of public consultation questionnaires (EN documentation tool only)
5 October 2022
Call for experts
Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) unit E2 is looking for individual experts to support policy developments on food contact materials (FCM) at EU level area, in particular on the revision of the EU FCM legislation.