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National Reference Laboratory for Materials in contact with food

Several materials like plastics, paper and board, metal and ceramics are used for the production of food-contact materials. This means that such substances should not pose a danger to humans.

Topical: Mineral oil method development kit

The National Reference Laboratory for Materials in contact with food, has developed a mineral oil method development kit for food control. The kit is intended exclusively for developing and defining the chemical analysis of hydrocarbons from mineral oils in food packaging materials and food. It contains the description of a validated analytical method for identifying the mineral oil components MOSH and MOAH and a series of characteristic reference samples including precise working instructions.

Since only a limited number of the kits is available, only one kit can generally be ordered per laboratory / institution.

If you are interested, please contact the National Reference Laboratory by phone or e-mail.

Legal foundations for materials that come into contact with food

The EU Regulation 2004/1935 stipulates that under normal or foreseeable conditions of use, these materials may not release any substances onto the food which could

  • harm human health or
  • lead to an unacceptable change in the composition of the food or
  • lead to an impairment of the organoleptic properties (taste, aroma, appearance, colour) of the food.

The focus of the work of the National Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials within BfR is on the official control of the laboratories responsible for food-contact materials by developing corresponding analytical methods, conducting comparative laboratory tests and establishing a national network for these laboratories. The Reference Laboratory works closely with the Community Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials, Joint Research Centre Ispra and ensures that information is passed on to the control laboratories.


External Links

European Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials (EURL-FCM)



Contact person
Dr. Oliver Kappenstein (Head of)




Contact person
Dr. Karla Pfaff





Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
NRL for Food Contact Materials
Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10
10589 Berlin

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