The main objective of the project is to provide a novel and economic tool for estimation of consumer exposure to chemicals migrating from food contact materials. The tool is based on a physico-chemical migration model that describes mathematically the migration processes from plastics into actual foodstuffs under any foreseeable contact conditions.

The model will be applicable in two different ways:

(I) As a stand alone tool to estimate exposure related migration within the conventional frame conditions of the EU food regulatory evaluation system by applying a worst case exposure scenario.

(II) In conjunction with statistical data obtained from food consumption and food plastics packaging surveys to estimate realistic or worst-case consumer exposure for any situation of interest which is achievable through the flexibility of calculating the migration rate into any food from any plastic under any contact conditions.


A further important objective is to investigate the social acceptance of migration modelling versus chemical measurements, and its implications for exposure estimation.