Food Contact (EN1186) Testing

Materials and articles in contact with food regulations (MACF)

The EU plastic materials and articles in contact with food are regulation by Commission regulations 10/2011(EC) as amended, “replacing” the familiar EU directive 2002/72 EU.


Overview of Commission regulations 10/2011(EC) as amended

  • Plastics definition – excludes silicone
  • Control and use of permitted raw materials
  • Organoleptic properties —-food contact articles must not transfer materials , affecting quality and taste of food
  • Overall migration (OM) determined using appropriate simulants, temperature conditions and exposure periods.
  • In accordance with Annex V, Tables 1,2 & 3, the highest temperature and contact periods are applied
  • Expression of results, mg/dm² or mg/kg as appropriate
  • Specific metal release
  • Specific monomer release as applicable
  • Restricted phthalates (directives 2007/19/EC and 2008/39/EC)


Food Type Previous Current
Aqueous foods Distilled Water (Simulant A) 10% Ethanol (Simulant A)
Acidic foods 3% Acetic Acid (Simulant B) 3% Acetic (Simulant B)
Alcoholic foods 10% Ethanol (Simulant C) 20% Ethanol (Simulant C)
Semi Fatty foods 50% Ethanol (Simulant D) 50% Ethanol (Simulant D1)
Fatty foods Olive oil/substitutes (Simulant D) Vegetable oil (Simulant D2)
Dry foods Not required/specified MPPO (Simulant E)


Overall Migration, EN1186

We conduct overall migration testing based on EN1186. This standard has a series of 15 parts, describing various suitable techniques as well as use of substitute simulants for determining overall migration for items intended to come into contact with fatty foods
For further information, please contact the Laboratory Manager, Lax Pattni, at