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BfR Committee for Consumer Products
The BfR Committee responsible for assessing the safety of consumer products covers a wide range of very different products. Consumer products comprise articles designed to come into contact with food, for example, kitchen utensils or packaging materials. They also include utensils, which come into contact with mucous membranes, like cutlery or toothbrushes as well as other items like cosmetic packaging, bodycare products, toys, amusement articles and numerous other products listed in §2 (6) of the Food and Feed Code (LFGB).
Tasks of the BfR Committee
In the areas mentioned, the BfR Committee for Consumer Products assists BfR in its task of advising the competent ministry and preparing corresponding expert evaluations. This work encompasses substances and toxicological issues as well as issues relating to the regulatory plans of the European Union or the Council of Europe.
Another very important task of the Committee entails examining and providing expert advice on applications for the inclusion of substances in the BfR recommendations on food contact materials (formerly “Plastics Recommendations”). Up to November 2007, this had been the task of the BfR Plastics Committee (Committee for the assessment of health risks associated with plastics and other substances pursuant to the LFGB). This task has now been assigned to the BfR Committee for Consumer Products.
Members of the BfR Committee
Experts from universities, trade associations, consumer protection associations, Land control bodies and private laboratories were appointed as members of the BfR Committee for Consumer Products.