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FCM (Food Contact Materials) sector

The FCM (food contact materials) sector carries out an extensively wide range of tests on packaging-food interaction, including the production phase and, therefore, food machines, but also any parts, instruments or objects that may come into contact with food.


The main matrices we analyse are:

  • Plastic materials (single material, multilayer, multi-material multilayer)
  • Coating
  • Silicone
  • Rubber
  • Glass
  • Stainless steel
  • Tin plate
  • Ceramics
  • Aluminium

Furthermore, the laboratory analyses also other materials that are not specifically regulated such as: wood, marble, ferrous alloys, copper and its alloys, other metals and alloys


  • Food contact conformity tests through global and/or specific migration analysis on various materials in compliance with applicable legislation
  • Organoleptic tests
  • Technological suitability tests
  • Risk assessments
  • SET-OFF effect assessment


The main regulations for the FCM sector are reported below:

  • REGULATION (EC) No. 1935/2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and repealing Directives 80/590/EEC and 89/109/EEC
  • REGULATION (EU) No. 10/2011 OF THE COMMISSION OF 14 January 2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
  • Italian Ministerial Decree 21 March 1973 Sanitary regulation of packaging, containers and equipment intended to come into contact with foodstuffs or with substances for personal use.
  • REGULATION (EC) No. 2023/2006 OF THE COMMISSION of 22 December 2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
  • In addition to other specific regulations for single materials.


  • gas-chromatography (especially with different kinds of mass spectrometers),
  • gas-chromatography with flame ionisation detector (FID)
  • liquid chromatography (HPLC/MS Q-TOF),
  • soxhlet extractors
  • UV-VIS spectrophotometer


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