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Where necessary and on the request of the Commission, the
Authority shall assist in developing technical guidance on sam-
pling and testing to facilitate a coordinated approach for the
application of paragraph 1.
The Community reference laboratory for materials and
articles intended to come into contact with food and national ref-
erence laboratories established as laid down in Regulation (EC)
No 882/2004 shall assist Member States in the application of
paragraph 1 by contributing to a high quality and uniformity of
analytical results.
Article 25
Member States shall lay down the rules on sanctions applicable to
infringements of the provisions of this Regulation and shall take
all measures necessary to ensure that they are implemented. The
sanctions provided for must be effective, proportionate and dis-
suasive. Member States shall communicate the relevant provisions
to the Commission by 13 May 2005 and shall communicate to it
without delay any subsequent amendment affecting them.
Article 26
Directives 80/590/EEC and 89/109/EEC are repealed.
References to the repealed Directives shall be construed as refer-
ences to this Regulation and shall be read in accordance with the
correlation table in Annex III.
Article 27
Transitional arrangements
Materials and articles that have been lawfully placed on the mar-
ket before 3 December 2004 may be marketed until the stocks are
Article 28
Entry into force
This Regulation shall enter into force on the 20 th day following
that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Article 17 shall apply from 27 October 2006.
This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.
Done at Strasbourg, 27 October 2004.
For the European Parliament
For the Council
The President
The President
L 338/14
Official Journal of the European Union