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The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has published a request for nominations for “existing substances” be included on the Positive List (PL) of “synthetic resins” for food-contact materials (FCMs) with corresponding submission forms. “Existing substances” include those marketed or used for food-contact utensils, containers and packages (UCP) in Japan prior to the effective date for the PL (i.e., June 1, 2020).  The deadline for filing such nominations is October 30, 2020.

On July 20, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) published draft Lists of Existing Substances with proposed revisions to Appended Table 1 of MHLW Notification No. 370, the Positive List (PL) of substances used in synthetic resins for utensils, containers and packaging (UCP). The draft Lists can be accessed from MHLW’s website.

The Japanese Government has announced that the country will transition to a positive list system for regulating food-contact materials on April 1, 2020. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) initially announced the possibility of moving to a positive list system for regulating food-contact materials in July 2015.

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) recently released GMP guidelines as part of the country’s move to a positive list system for regulating food-contact materials.* The GMP guidelines include a proposed positive list of 32 resins that are based on the existing positive lists developed by the Japan Hygienic PVC Association (JHPA) and the Japan Hygienic Olefin and Styrene Plastics Association (JHOSPA).  Masakazu Isurugi, Managing Director of JHPA, reported this development to attendees at Keller and Heckman’s inaugural Food Packaging Law Seminar, held in Tokyo, Japan, on No

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has issued a final report that details the steps that should be taken to develop and implement a positive list system for regulating food-contact materials. The Report, prepared by the Committee on the Regulation of Food Utensils, Containers and Packaging, was published on June 16, 2017, and an English version was posted on MHLW’s website on Aug. 7, 2017.

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) is working on a new positive list system for regulating food-contact materials that could be enacted as early as 2018. A draft report concerning the new framework is currently open for public consultation until April 15, 2017. The report is expected to be finalized on May 25 by the 8th Committee for reviewing the regulations on food utensils, containers, and packaging. Once finalized, the report will be published on MHLW’s website.

Keller and Heckman is pleased to announce its inaugural Food Packaging Law Seminar taking place in Tokyo, Japan on November 14-15, 2017. This comprehensive course is designed for regulatory, scientific, and legal professionals to keep up-to-date on the latest food packaging law developments throughout the world.

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