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Note for Guidance for Food Contact Materials
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CHAPTER 0
GENERAL INTRODUCTION

This document is the result of the compilation of the following documents, described below with
their abbreviated titles:

-
Administrative Guidance
Chapter I

-
SCF Guidelines
Chapter II

- AFC-FCM-WG
Explanatory
Guidance
Chapter III

-
Commission Explanatory Guidance
Chapter IV


The aim of this document is to provide:

a)
guidelines for presentation of an application for the safety assessment of a substance prior
to its authorisation and subsequent inclusion in the relevant EU Directives (as a first step
the substance is included in the "Synoptic Document"
1
);

b)
guidelines for requesting the re-evaluation of substances already included in the
"Synoptic document";

c)
guidelines for the submission of technical dossiers accompanying such requests;

d)
explanation of the criteria used by the AFC Panel in the classification of substances to
one of the SCF Lists.


As regards the Chapter I, see the remarks in the
Note for the
Reader
.

1
Synoptic document is an EC working document where all the substances evaluated by SCF or EFSA AFC
Panel or to be evaluated by the EFSA AFC Panel are listed. Along each substance appear their legal status at
EU level, as well as the evaluation, if any, of the SCF and AFC Panel, available also on internet. The full SCF
opinions can be found on the DG SANCO website:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sc/scf/outcome_en.html
.
Those of the AFC Panel can be found on the EFSA website:
http://www.efsa.eu.int/science/afc/afc_opinions/catindex_en.html.