Inviting applications for the Positive List (Appended Table 1)

Inviting application for requests about the draft of the Positive List

After the enforcement of Positive List (PL) System concerning food apparatus, containers, and packaging (ACP) on June 1, 2020, the MHLW invited requests on the substances listed in the PL from July to October 2020. Based on the requests from the businesses concerned including trade associations, on December 24, 2021, the MHLW published draft lists to modify the PL.

The Committee on Apparatus, Containers, and Packaging deliberated on the PL on December 21, 2020 and March 23, 2022; and concluded that the PL should be reorganized. Based on the committee’s conclusion, the MHLW worked to reorganize the draft lists published on December 24, 2021.

This time, the MHLW published the reorganized draft lists of the PL as the new drafts of Tables 1 and 2, and started inviting requests on the substances that have been commercially used as raw materials of food ACP since before the enforcement date of the PL System, June 1, 2020 (substances subject to transitional measures).

If businesses have any requests such as for additional listing to the PL, please submit the application, according to “How to submit application” below, to the Office of Apparatus, Containers, and Packaging, Food Safety Standards and Evaluation Division, Pharmaceutical Safety and Environmental Health Bureau, MHLW.

【Draft lists published on December 24, 2021 (previous drafts of Tables 1 and 2) that show information linking to the new drafts of Tables 1 and 2】

20220426 Previous draft of Table 1 (1) with substance code[214KB]
<The list of base polymers (plastics) published on December 24, 2021 linking to the new draft of Table 1.>

20220426 Previous draft of Table 1 (2) with substance code[228KB]
<The list of base polymers (coatings) published on December 24, 2021 linking to the new draft of Table 1.>

20220426 Previous draft of Table 2 with sorting information[278KB]
<The list of additives published on December 24, 2021 linking to the new draft of Table 2.>
 
【New draft of the Positive List】

20220426 New draft of Table 1 (base materials)[148KB]
<The new draft of base materials.>

20220426 New draft of Table 2 (additives)[93KB]
<The new draft of additives.>

【Information on the substances not listed in the new drafts of Tables 1 and 2】

20220426 Table "Pending"[131KB]
<The list of substances that may not qualify as additives under the reorganized PL and that need to be clarified on the listing.>
 
  • For substances that are shown in Table “Pending” and that qualify as base materials, component parts of base materials, or additives, to be added to the PL, the submission of requests is required.

20220426 Table “To be deleted”[57KB]
<The list of the substances that were deleted from the draft list of additives published on December 24, 2021 because the substances are not subject to the PL.>

20220426 Table “Integrated”[42KB]
<The list of the substances that were listed in the draft list published on December 24, 2021 but were integrated into other substances listed in the list published on April 26, 2022.>
  • Note:For the substances that are first used as raw materials of ACP manufactured or imported for the purpose of marketing after the enforcement date (new substances), please see “Inquiries about new substances.” Please note that, until listed in the PL (Appended Table 1), the new substances cannot be used as raw materials of ACP manufactured or imported for the purpose of marketing.

Application period

April 26, 2022–July 15, 2022

The MHLW closed acceptance for the requests on the new draft lists of the Positive List.

How to submit application

  1. 1.Please see “the guide to submitting application about the new draft of the Positive List” (the “guide”) and check whether the substance concerned is properly listed in the new draft of Table 1 or 2.
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  3. 2.Fill out an appropriate application form, and send it as an attachment by email to the following address as directed below.
  • Email address: The MHLW closed acceptance for the requests on the new draft lists of the Positive List.
    Office of Apparatus, Containers, and Packaging,
    Food Safety Standards and Evaluation Division,
    Pharmaceutical Safety and Environmental Health Bureau, the MHLW
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  • ▶Subject: Select appropriate one from below; and add corporate name, name of the contact person, and submission date.
    ・Request (Base materials)
    ・Request (Additives)
    ・Inquiry about request
     
    <Example of the subject>  Request (Base materials)_XX Corp._Mr. XX_0501
     
    Note: Please submit the application directly from the business who handles the substance concerned. Do not use the name of trade associations.
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  • Body text: Select appropriate one from below and add the sender’s information (corporate name, contact person’s name, email address, telephone number) at the end of the email.
  • ・[Corporate name] hereby submits application about base polymers.
    ・[Corporate name] hereby submits application about additives.
    ・[Corporate name] hereby makes an inquiry about application.
     
    <Example of the body text>
     
     XX Corp. hereby submits application about base polymers.
     
     Mr. XX
     XX department, XX Corporation
     xxxx@xxcorp.co.jp
     +1-123-456-7890

    Note : Please do not write any information other than above items in the body of the email.
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  • Attachments: Only the following two files are accepted.
  • (1)An Excel file in fixed Form (for Base materials, Additives, or Inquiries)
    (2)When submitting application about base polymers and additives, a file of documents* showing that the substance has been used since before June 1,2020.
    * Any format is acceptable, but the documents should be put into one file.

Application Forms

Reference Information

The previous draft lists of the PL that were reorganized based on the requests submitted in the past and that were published on December 24, 2021.