In the field of consumer health, the EDQM coordinates the activities of two Steering Committees covering cosmetics and food contact materials. These activities contribute to the protection of consumers by establishing health standards that ensure the safety of cosmetics and food contact materials across the continent.
Both Committees are composed of representatives of countries which are parties to the Convention on the elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia. These representatives have specific expertise to take responsibility for the implementation of consumer health protection policies and programmes in their countries. With its coordinator role, the EDQM ensures close co-operation with equivalent bodies in other international institutions, in particular with the European Commission (EC) and its European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
These Committees and the terms of reference for their work have been established by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.
The Committee for food contact materials and articles (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-MCA)* develops standards and policies for improving the protection of consumers’ health. It examines all questions related to the safety and quality of food contact materials and food processing tools.
This Committee is currently working on the development of technical guidance on the safety and quality of food contact materials and tools made from metals, paper and board or cork.
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*Countries participate on a voluntary basis in these Committees, which are referred to as “Partial agreements”