The European Printing Ink Association

Conclusion document summarizing the EuPIA Migration Study

April 2024

Since 2018 EuPIA has been conducting migration tests with simulants and real foods for selected printing ink surrogates.
Due to a large number of different surrogate components contained in the “model” printing ink and the associated analytical challenges it turned out to be difficult to draw fundamental conclusions. Nevertheless, valuable information for test practice could be gained and are summarised in this conclusion document..

EuPIA Guidance on Migration Test Methods for the evaluation of substances in printing inks and varnishes for food contact materials

May 2023

In the absence of harmonised test methods for non-plastic Food Contact Materials (FCMs), the conditions used in the Plastics Regulation are often also applied to non-plastic FCMs. However, plastic simulants and/or conditions may cause physical damage or changes to the non-plastic FCM leading to erroneous results. This is also true for printing inks. Hence, testing conditions better suited to the specificity of each FCM need to be proposed. This document is aimed at providing specific guidance for printing inks for FCMs.