France publishes a new law – Order of
August 5, 2020 – covering food contact rubber materials and articles and
pacifiers for infants and young children.
Issued on August 11, 2020, the Order
repeals and replaces Order of November 9, 1994 – rubber materials and articles
in contact with foodstuffs, food products and drinks. The new law contains
multiple important changes:
to the definition of rubber covers vulcanized thermoplastic elastomers, but not
- Lists of
authorized substances for the manufacture of rubber materials and articles
intended to come into contact with food and pacifiers for infants and young
and specifications for these authorized substances updated due to new
scientific information, including specific migration limits (SMLs)
rules for verifying the conformity of rubber materials and articles updated
new requirement for declaration of compliance (Doc) added
overall migration limits (OMLs) and their requirements in one of two
o ≤ 10 mg/dm² for 1) all articles 2) pacifiers for
infants and young children and 3) gaskets, valves and valve elements where the
ratio between the surface in contact with food and the volume is not known or
o ≤ 60 mg/kg for 1) food contact materials and articles
for infants and young children 2) bottle nipples (teats) and 3) gaskets, valves
and valve elements where the ratio between the surface in contact with food and
the volume is known or specified
Stakeholders should be aware the new law
contact rubber materials and articles, rubber pacifiers for infants and young
children, as well as intermediate materials and substances used in their
nipples (teats) and pacifiers for infants and young children that are made of
elastomer or rubber when specifically mentioned in the law
For more information on the provisions
within the new law, including specific migration levels, view SafeGuard 128/20.
Order of August 5, 2020 comes into effect
on July 1, 2021, although food contact rubber materials and articles that
comply with the previous Order and were placed onto the market before this date
can continue to be sold until their stocks are exhausted.
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