All materials which may come into direct contact with food must be tested for food compliance.
The framework conditions are laid down by the European Union in its Regulation (EC) 1935/2004. The framework regulation for food compliance does not only apply to plastics, but to any packaging material used in the food sector. Paper, cardboard, polystyrene, aluminium, glass etc. must also comply with the regulation.
The framework regulation 1935/2004 regulates the general requirements, labelling, declarations of compliance and traceability of products.
It states that material which comes into contact with food may transfer no or only small quantities of material components to the food.