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- Practical Guide -
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SECTION 11
METALS AND ALLOYS
1.
EU legislation
Metals and alloys 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.
In March 2000, the Committee of Experts of the Council of Europe adopted a Technical
Document called "Guidelines on metals and alloys used as food contact materials". This
document lists international expert evaluations made on the individual metals
(
http://www.coe.fr/soc-sp/sante/pack/metals.zip
). See also Chapter IV.
2.
Commission Guidelines
Pending the drafting of a Commission Directive and the absence of national legislation, the
Commission recommends applying at national level the above-mentioned Technical
Document to fulfil the requirements of Article 2 of the framework Directive 89/109/EEC. It
should be remembered 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.