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Note for Guidance for Food Contact Materials
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Annex 1 to Chapter IV

GUIDELINES FOR THE DESCRIPTION OF THE METHODS OF ANALYSIS

As stated in "AFC-FCM-WG Explanatory Guidance", a method of analysis must be included in
the technical dossier. In order to help the applicant, some general indications are given below.
However it is recommended to follow, as much as possible, the format recently adopted at CEN
level, which is also reported later.

Methods should be capable of either quantification of the substance in the material or article
itself or quantification in appropriate food simulants (or foods) respectively.

Method of analysis should comply with the following format (specimen examples may be seen in
EN Methods for Food Contact Materials (See also the document "Methods of Analysis ")

1. Scope
2. Principle
3. Sampling
4.
Reagents (Safety precautions)
5. Apparatus
6. Procedure
7. Confirmation
8. Precision
9. Test
report
1. SCOPE
Statement of types of materials and articles for which the method is applicable. Statement
of food simulants (or foods) for which the method is suitable. Statement of the limit for
which the method is capable of quantitative determination of the substance in the material
and article or food simulant (or food).

2. PRINCIPLE
Statement of the principle that is employed for the determination (for example headspace
GC, extraction followed by HPLC, extraction followed by colorimetric determination).