The regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 contains general requirements but no precise instructions on how to demonstrate compliance. Article 3 of the European Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 states that such food contact materials and articles shall not transfer their constituents into food in a quantity that could:
- Endanger human health
- Bring about an unacceptable change in the composition of the food
- Bring about deterioration in the organoleptic characteristics of the food
Adhesives have to be understood as a constituent of the food contact material. In addition, several EU member states have additional national regulations that apply to packaging materials and articles intended for food contact. Consequently, a risk assessment concerning migration and impact on the packed foodstuff has to be performed for each application.