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Special conditions may include restrictions on use (QM, QMA) or sanitary measures such as
washing operations.
(d) Specific limits on the migration of certain constituents or groups of constituents into or onto foodstuffs;
The migration limits for cadmium and lead in Directive 84/500/EEC [A8] or for vinyl
chloride monomer in Directive 78/142/EEC [A1] or all the SML in Sections A or B of
Directive 2002/72/EC [A29].
(e) An overall limit on the migration of constituents into or onto foodstuffs;
Art. 2 of Directive 2002/72/EC [A29] (see Section 3, paragraph 6. Overall migration
) specifies such a limit for plastics materials, specifying a quantitative content to the
notion of 'no unacceptable change in the composition' (see in this Section in paragraph 3,
See Section 3, paragraph 8. Implementation of the legislation, where the compliance of
plastic materials with overall and specific migration limits is further discussed.
If necessary, provisions aimed at protecting human health against any hazards, which might arise through oral
contact with materials and articles;
This provision was inserted in order to take into account the existence of a rule in Denmark
and Germany, which established for the external surface of ceramic an SML for cadmium.
(g) Other rules to ensure compliance with Article 2;
This provision has been included for the sake of completeness.
(h) The basic rules necessary for checking compliance with the provisions of points (d), (e), (f) and (g);
Ceramics: the basic test conditions, including the simulants, have been defined in the Annex I
of the Directive 84/500/EEC [A8].
Plastic: the simulants and basic test conditions have been defined in the Directive
82/711/EEC [A6].