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This database is an initiative of Belgian authorities and is supported by contributions of the Council of Europe (CoE): the Belgian Scientific Institute for Public Health is managing the database of substances known by the member states of the Council of Europe (CoE) and used in Food Contact Materials (FCM).


This database consists of a compilation of lists of known substances that are or were used in FCM. It is based on national legislations, regulations and directives of the European Commission or resolutions of the Council of Europe. It is an exhaustive database containing all the listed substances and the references to the existing regulation).


Furthermore, Belgium received a mandate from the Council of Europe (CoE) to maintain and enrich the database. This living database will be supervised by a dedicated advisory group at the Council of Europe. The database will be updated and refined by adding substances, new assessments and relevant data on substances.


The database is freely accessible for public stakeholders and can be accessed by industries and industrial organization after the payment of a fee that will grant the access for one year.


This database is owned and managed by a public institution, the WIV-ISP, which will have a direct link with the Council of Europe (CoE) through an advisory group that will frame the contents and the use of the database, this implies that:

This database is owned and managed by a public institution, the WIV-ISP, which will have a direct link with the Council of Europe (CoE) through an advisory group that will frame the contents and the use of the database.


The presence of a substance in the database is not an agreement for its use in materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs.


  • The database is directly feeded by the CoE discussions on FCM
  • The database will be a repository of the substances known and used in FCM, covering also the non-evaluated substances
  • It is a contact point to introduce any new substance that is non-plastic
  • It will be a contact point for questions regarding evaluations

In the present state, the database consists in the following updated lists :


  • Commission regulation (EU) n°10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, (2011).
  • Swiss ordinance on Materials and articles (817.023.21) (2005).
  • Resolution ResAP(2002)1 on paper and board materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, (2002). Version 4 (2009).
  • Resolution ResAP(2004)1 on coatings intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, (2004). Version 3 (2009).
  • Resolution ResAP(2004)5 on silicones used for food contact applications, (2004). Version 1 (2004).
  • Resolution ResAP (2004)4 on rubber products intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, (2004). Version 1 (2004).
  • Resolution ResAP (2004)2 on cork stoppers and other cork materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, (2004). Version 2 (2007).
  • Resolution ResAP (2004)3 on ion exchange and adsorbent resins used in the processing of foodstuffs (2004), Version 3 (2009)
  • The information collected in the Report of ESCO WG on non-plastic Food Contact Materials (2012, Mar 30, European Food Safety Authority, Report No.: 2012:EN-139)
  • The SCF Lists from the Note for guidance for petitioners presenting an application for the safety assessment of a substance to be used in food contact materials prior to its authorization. 2008 Jul 30. EFSA Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel (from the synoptic document SANCO D3/LR(2003), as in ResAP(2002)1, v.4(2009) and in ResAP(2004)1, v.3(2009)).
  • Toxtree, 2014. Developed by Dr Nina Jeliazkova (Ideaconsult Ltd; contact nina@acad.bg) on behalf of the Joint Research Centre (JRC). Copyright European Union (2005, 2007 & 2008). http://ihcp.jrc.ec.europa.eu/our_labs/predictive_toxicology/qsar_tools/toxtree
    http://toxtree.sourceforge.net/predict/
    .


Pubchem database available at: https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/



Candidate List of substances of very high concern for Authorisation (SVHC list), consists of substances fulfilling the criteria laid out in article 57 of the REACH regulation.

It is available at: http://echa.europa.eu/candidate-list-table


Annex xiv or the Authorisation List of REACH contains substances that are intended for phase-out.

It is available at: http://echa.europa.eu/addressing-chemicals-of-concern/authorisation/recommendation-for-inclusion-in-the-authorisation-list/authorisation-list


SIN List, compiled by the environmental NGO ChemSec contains chemicals that are considered to meet all EU criteria for being Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) under REACH.

It is available at: http://chemsec.org/what-we-do/sin-list


TEDX, compiled by the US endocrine-disruption research NGO, contains substances with the potential to affect the endocrine system, available at:

http://endocrinedisruption.org/endocrine-disruption/tedx-list-of-potential-endocrine-disruptors/overview


VEGA-QSAR, a platform for predictive toxicology comprising of QSAR models for regulatory purposes.

It is available at: http://www.vega-qsar.eu/about-qsar.html


The OECD QSAR Toolbox is a software application intended to the use in filling gaps in (eco)toxicity data needed for assessing the hazards of chemicals.

It is available at: http://www.oecd.org/chemicalsafety/risk-assessment/theoecdqsartoolbox.htm


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