Abbreviations & glossary

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Abbreviations used in the legislation legislation

A    
  ADIs Acceptable daily intakes, in mg/kg bodyweight/day
B    
  BfR  
C    
  CAS CAS (Chemical Abstract Service) registration number of a component.
  CEDIs cumulative estimated daily intakes, in mg/kg bodyweight/day
  CFR Code of Federal Regulations, the USA laws.
E    
  EFSA European Food Safety Authority
F    
  FCM Food contact material; any material (not only packaging) that is expected to come into contact with food.
  FCN Food contact notification (FDA)
  FCS Food contact substances; any material (not only packaging) that is expected to come into contact with food. (FDA)
  FDA Food and Drug Administration
  FP Final product, the FCM as it will come into contact with food.
G    
  Global migration The incorrect name of the overall  migration
  GRAS Generally recognize as safe (FDA), a component which may be used in general or in certain applications without limitations because it is considered to be safe.
N    
  NIAS Non-intentionally added substance, a substance that migrates to the food from a food contact material, which was included in the food contact materials without intention (components like impurities, oligomers, by-products etc)
O    
  OM Overall migration, the total amount that migrates from a packaging to a food simulant expressed in mg/6dm˛ of mg/kg. For more details, see testing, EU, overall migration.
  Overall migration The total amount that migrates from a packaging to a food simulant. For more details, see testing, EU, overall migration expressed in mg/6dm˛ of mg/kg.
P    
  PM/REF-number The old name for the EU reference number of a component. The new name is REF.
Q    
  QM Maximum permitted quantity of the “residual ”substance in the material or article, expressed in mg/kg final product.  For more details, see testing, EU, residual content.
  QM(T) Maximum permitted quantity of the sum of a group of “residual ”substances in the material or article, expressed in mg/kg final product. For more details, see testing, EU, residual content.
  QMA Maximum permitted quantity of the substance in the finished material or article expressed as mg per 6 dm˛ of the surface in contact with foodstuffs (QMA). The value is derived from the SML by assuming a) that the substance migrates completely (% of migration) and b) S/V report equal 6 dm˛/1 liter. For more details, see testing, EU, residual content.
  QMA(T) Maximum permitted quantity of the sum of a group of substances in the finished material or article expressed as mg per 6 dm˛ of the surface in contact with foodstuffs (QMA). The value is derived from the SML by assuming a) that the group of substances migrates completely (% of migration) and b) S/V report equal 6 dm˛/1 liter. For more details, see testing, EU, residual content.
R    
  RAFFS Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, EU website with products (food contact materials and food) which had issues. Is update weekly on internet.
  REF-number The name for the EU reference number of a component. (previous name was PM/REF)
  Residual content Maximum permitted quantity of the substance in the finished material or article expressed as mg per kg of the finished article (QM). For more details, see testing, EU, residual content.
S    
  SCF Scientific Committee on Food (now the EFSA)
  Simulant A Water
  Simulant B 3% acetic acid
  Simulant C 15% ethanol
  Simulant D Olive oil
  SML Specific migration limit, the maximum amount of a component that may into the food, expressed in mg/6 dm˛ or mg/kg foodstuff.  For more details, see testing, EU, specific migration.
  SML(T) Specific migration limit, the maximum amount of group of components that may into the food, expressed in mg/6 dm˛ or mg/kg foodstuff.  For more details, see testing, EU, specific migration.
  Specific migration The amount of a component that migrates into the food, expressed in mg/6 dm˛ or mg/kg foodstuff.  For more details, see testing, EU, specific migration.
  S/V surface to volume ratio, for example 6dm˛ is expected to come into contact with 1 kg
T    
  ToR Threshold of Regulation,
     
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