Official Journal of the European Communities
INCOMPLETE LIST OF ADDITIVES WHICH MAY BE USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF PLASTIC
MATERIALS AND ARTICLES
1. This Annex contains the list of:
(a) substances which are incorporated into plastics to achieve a technical effect in the finished product. They are
intended to be present in the finished articles;
(b) substances used to provide a suitable medium in which polymerization occurs (e.g. emulsifiers, surfactants,
buffering agents etc.).
The list does not include the substances, which directly influence the formation of polymers (e.g. the catalytic system).
2. The list does not include the salts (including double salts and acid salts) of aluminium, ammonium, calcium, iron,
magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc of the authorised acids, phenols or alcohols which are also authorised.
However, names containing `...acid(s), salts' appear in the lists if the corresponding free acid(s) is (are) not mentioned.
In such cases the meaning of the term `salts' is `salts of aluminium ammonium, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium,
sodium and zinc'.
3. The list does not include the following substances although they may be present:
(a) substances which could be present in the finished product such as:
-- impurities in the substances used,
-- reaction intermediates,
-- decomposition products;
(b) mixtures of the authorised substances.
The materials and articles which contain the substances indicated in (a) and (b) shall comply with the requirements
stated in article 2 of Directive 89/109/EEC.
4. Substances shall be of good technical quality as regards the purity criteria.
5. The list contains the following information:
-- column 1 (Ref. No): the EEC packaging material reference number of the substances on the list,
-- column 2 (CAS No): the CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number,
-- column 3 (Name): the chemical name,
-- column 4 (Restrictions and/or specifications). These may include:
-- specific migration limit (SML),
-- maximum permitted quantity of the substance in the finished material or article (QM),
-- maximum permitted quantity of the substance in the finished material or article expressed as mg per 6 dmē of
the surface in contact with foodstuffs (QMA),
-- any other restriction specifically laid down,
-- any type of specification related to the substance or polymer.
6. If a substance appearing on the list as an individual compound is also covered by a generic term, the restrictions
applying to this substance shall be those indicated for the individual compound.
7. Where there is any inconsistency between the CAS number and the chemical name, the chemical name shall take
precedence over the CAS number. If there is an inconsistency between the CAS number reported in EINECS and the
CAS registry, the CAS number in the CAS registry shall apply.