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The European Commission published the 9th amendment to the Plastics Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 (Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/79) on January 18, 2018. This amendment updates the Plastic Regulation’s positive list by making changes to the restrictions/uses for (butadiene, styrene, methyl methacrylate, butyl acrylate) copolymer cross-linked with divinylbenzene or 1,3- butanediol dimethacrylate, and by adding the following four new substances:

The European Commission (EC) has submitted the 9th amendment to the Plastics Regulation, (EU) No 10/2011, to the European Parliament (EP) and European Council for a three month “scrutiny” period. The “right of scrutiny” by the EP and Council is one of the steps in the regulatory procedure with scrutiny (or Comitology) that controls how the EC implements amendments to the Plastics Regulation.

California Assembly Bill 906, signed into law on October 15, 2017, defines “polyethylene terephthalate” (PET) for purposes of resin code labeling as a plastic that meets certain conditions, including limits with respect to the chemical composition of the polymer and a melting peak temperature within a specified range. The ostensible purpose of the change is to exclude rigid plastic bottles and containers made from polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified (PETG) that are sold in California from using Resin Identification Code (RIC) 1. 

The European Commission (EC) has again revised its draft Regulation (EU) on the use of bisphenol A in varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with food and amending Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 as regards the use of that substance in plastic food contact materials. The most significant revision is an extension of the ban on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in polycarbonate infant feeding bottles to include polycarbonate drinking cups and bottles intended for use by infants and young children.

The European Commission (EC) notified the draft 9th amendment to the Plastics Regulation, (EU) No 10/2011 to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on August 31, 2017. The 9th amendment was originally proposed as the 8th amendment but the EC changed the numbering of the amendments to the Plastics Regulation to reflect the numbers in the consolidated version of the Plastics Regulation. (A corrigendum to the Spanish version of the text (Regulation (EU) 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.

The 7th amendment, (EU) 2017/752, to the Plastics Regulation, (EU) No 10/2011, updates the positive list, introduces a new specific migration limit for nickel, amends the Declaration of Compliance requirement, and clarifies the food simulants for demonstrating compliance with the overall migration limit (OML).

The European Commission published Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1416—which is the sixth amendment to the Plastics Regulation, (EU) No 10/2011—in the Official Journal of the European Union on August 25, 2016.

MERCOSUR (Mercado Común Del Sur or the "Common Market of the South") is revising GMC Resolution No. 32/07, "Positive List of Additives for Plastic Materials Intended for the Manufacture of Packages and Equipment in Contact with Foods," with a final resolution expected to be completed in 2017.