Referring to the public comments and new substance registration applications received prior to Oct. 30, 2020, on Aug. 18, 2021 MHLW announced to revise the specifications of 425 substances and add 1161 substance into the food contact material positive list after conducting relevant safety reviews. Details are as follows:
Number of newly added substances
Number of revised substance
Base polymers (plastics)
Base polymers(minor monomers)
Japan's FCM positive list system was implemented on June 1, 2020, with a five-year transition period. The list is dynamically updated, and the time and method for the next update is determined by MHLW.