National Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials (FCM)

Food contact materials (FCMs) are all materials and articles, including active and intelligent food contact materials and articles, which as a finished product are intended or foreseeably intended to come into contact with food or are already in contact with food. These are regulated by Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004.

Since 2004, the Department of Consumer Goods and Cosmetics (GEKO) of the Institute for Food Safety Vienna (LSV) has been the National Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials.

Our services

  • Participation in the preparation of technical guidelines for the harmonization of quality standards and harmonization in testing of food contact materials;
  • Elaboration of reference analytical methods at European level;L
  • Exchange of information and maintenance of national and international contacts in the field of food contact materials;
  • Providing expert opinions and information;


Ing. Markus Polz


DI Thomas Schwartz

Last updated: 10.10.2023

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