The consultation process on the New European Chemicals Regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) will be finished soon. The political agreement reached in the Council, as published in June 2006, will most likely not be changed fundamentally and it can be expected that the regulation will be adopted by the end of this year. It is expected that the regulation will enter into force in the spring of 2007.
The first comprehensive regulatory activity for food-contact materials and articles began in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the United States and some European countries. Today, the regulation of food-contact articles - and especially packaging - has become a global subject as the world's commercial channels have broadened in the last decades.