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Note for Guidance for Food Contact Materials
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Annex 5 to Chapter III

DEFINITION OF THE SCF LISTS

The classification into a SCF_List is a tool used for tackling authorisation dossiers and do
not prejudice the management decisions that will be taken on the basis of the scientific
opinions of the AFC Panel and in the framework of the applicable legislation

List 0
Substances, e.g. foods, which may be used in the production of plastic materials and articles, e.g.
food ingredients and certain substances known from the intermediate metabolism in man and for
which an ADI need not be established for this purpose.

List 1
Substances, e.g. food additives, for which an ADI (=Acceptable Daily Intake), a t-ADI
(=temporary ADI), a MTDI (=Maximum Tolerable Daily Intake), a PMTDI (=Provisional
Maximum Tolerable Daily Intake), a PTWI (=Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intake) or the
classification "acceptable" has been established by this Committee or by JECFA.

List 2
Substances for which a TDI or a t-TDI has been established by this Committee.

List 3
Substances for which an ADI or a TDI could not be established, but where the present use could
be accepted.
Some of these substances are self-limiting because of their organoleptic properties or are volatile
and therefore unlikely to be present in the finished product. For other substances with very low
migration, a TDI has not been set, but the maximum level to be used in any packaging material or
a specific limit of migration is stated. This is because the available toxicological data would give a
TDI which allows that a specific limit of migration or a composition limit could be fixed at levels
very much higher than the maximum likely intakes arising from present uses of the additive.

List 4 (for monomers)

Section 4A
Substances for which an ADI or TDI could not be established, but which could be used if the
substance migrating into foods or in food simulants is not detectable by an agreed sensitive
method.

Section 4B
Substances for which an ADI or TDI could not be established, but which could be used if the
levels of monomer residues in materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs
are reduced as much as possible.

List 4 (for additives)
Substances for which an ADI or TDI could not be established, but which could be used if the
substance migrating into foods or in food simulants is not detectable by an agreed sensitive
method.