France Proposes to Amend Rubber FCM Rules
Chemical Testing

On Feb. 12, 2019, France notified the European Commission of planned amendments to rules on rubber materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs and dummies for young children.

This proposal is intended to replace the Order of 9 November 1994. It updates components authorized for rubber materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and rubber dummies for infants and young children and the restrictions and specifications applicable to these components, taking into account developments in scientific knowledge and the relevant regulatory provisions adopted since 1994.

It proposes to:

– update lists of permitted constituents and restrictions and specifications applicable to them;

– adapt methods to check the conformity of rubber materials and articles; and

– specify obligations relating to technical documentation and provide a model for the declaration of conformity provided for in Article 6 of Decree 2007-766 of 10 May 2007.

Article 5 of the proposal states that the following chemical substances must not present a risk to human health:

– decomposition or reaction products, reaction intermediates;

– oligomers and impurities of the monomers, other starting substances, modifying agents and additives used to obtain synthetic polymers used for the manufacture of rubber materials and articles; and

– free volatile organic matter.