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- Practical Guide -
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SECTION 9
PAPER AND BOARD
1.
EU legislation
Paper and board food contact materials and articles are not yet regulated at EU level by a
specific Directive and, therefore, the general provisions of the Framework Directive
89/109/EEC [A11] apply.
A Resolution of the Council of Europe was adopted by the Council of Ministers 18
September 2002 (Resolution AP (.2002)1. on paper and board materials and articles intended
to come into contact with foodstuffs:
http://www.coe.fr/soc-sp/sante/pack/resol.htm
).
Moreover the Council's Public Health Committee adopted Technical Documents 2, 3 and 4
on 17 June 20002:
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Technical document No 2: Test conditions and methods of analysis for paper and board intended
to come into contact with foodstuffs:
http://www.coe.fr/soc-sp/sante/pack/test.htm
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Technical document No 3: Guidelines on paper and board, made from recycled fibres, intended to
come into contact with foodstuffs :
http://www.coe.fr/soc-sp/sante/pack/fibres.htm
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Technical document No 4: Good manufacturing practice for paper and board intended to come into contact
with foodstuffs :
http://www.coe.fr/soc-sp/sante/pack/Res%20paper%20and%20board.htm
See also Chapter IV.
2.
Commission Guidelines
Pending the drafting of a Commission Directive and the absence of national legislation, the
Commission recommends to applying at national level the above-mentioned Technical
Documents to fulfil the requirements of Article 2 of the framework Directive 89/109/EEC. It
should be reminded that the Committee of Experts, composed of representatives of the large
majority of the Member States, has prepared and adopted these documents. The Commission
services have also collaborated during the preparation of these documents. For further
information, see Chapter IV.