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Proposed Challenges and Threats to Plastic Food-Contact Materials in Europe (Japanese)

Mon, Apr 1 '24
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Recently, the European Commission (EC) released draft text for the 18th amendment to the Plastics Regulation, (EU) No 10/2011 on the Public Consultations website of the European Commission. The draft amendment proposes additional requirements that represent a serious challenge to the continued compliance and marketing of plastic food-contact materials in Europe. Of central importance are new “quality control” requirements proposed in the amendment, which would affect all substances, not only those obtained from waste or from natural origin. Should these amendments be adopted and incorporated into the Plastics Regulation, all starting materials used in the production of plastic materials and articles would be subjected to severe purity requirements. 

The amendment is open for comments until April 15, 2024. Keller and Heckman is working on developing an industry response to the Commission Proposal. In this regard, Keller and Heckman will be hosting a webinar exclusive for Japanese stakeholders as follows:

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. (Tokyo time)
Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Jeff Keithline, Hazel O'Keeffe, Mark Thompson
Japanese Translation: TK Namba
Cost: Complimentary

The webinar will discuss the difficulties that this amendment will cause raw material suppliers when assessing their products under the proposed stringent quality requirements. This webinar will review the commercial and legal implications of the Commission’s proposal and suggest how business operators may react. It will also address a number of important questions concerning the legal basis and proportionality of the Commission proposal. 

We are sorry for this very short notice because the end of the comment period is approaching quickly. We hope to see Japanese stakeholders register and join this webinar and participate in the comment period.

View a recording of the webinar below:


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先日、欧州委員会(EC)から欧州プラスチック規制(EU No. 10/2011)の第18回改正案が公開され、現在、意見募集が行われています。改正案には、食品接触用途向けプラスチック材料の規制への適合と継続的なマーケティングに重大な影響のある追加要件が含まれています。



日時:日本時間2024年4月2日(火) 午前9時から
講演弁護士:: ジェフ・キースライン、ヘーゼル・オキーフ、マーク・トンプソン 
日本語サポート: 日本案件担当アドバイザー/難波 多加志
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