The Annex to Regulation 1935/2004/EC lists the materials for which specific measures can be taken at Community level. However, EU-shared measures have not been undertaken for the majority of materials in contact with food (paper and cardboard, glass, wood, cork, metals, alloys, fabrics, adhesives, ion exchange resins, printing ink, silicon, paints and varnishes, waxes).
These materials are therefore covered by the general provisions of the above-mentioned Regulation only: Member States may maintain existing national legislation and adopt new regulations on materials for which there are no specific EU measures.
Due to the lack of specific regulations, the Council of Europe already established general recommendations on various materials.
The Experts of Food Contact Materials assess analytical plans for non-regulated materials specifically in the European Union on the basis of national regulations, recommendations by the Council of Europe and ad hoc protocols to carry out a risk assessment of the materials and assess their criticality in accordance with the General principles of the framework Regulation (assessment of migration, sensory analysis, risk assessment, presence of NIAS).