The VERMEER FCM tool is integrated in the MERLIN-Expo platform.
All the potential features of the MERLIN-Expo platform are described in detail on MERLIN-Expo Official Page
Model selectionThe VERMEER FCM tool can be used to support the risk assessment of chemicals intended to be used in plastics food contact materials (FCM) by providing information on the exposure (i.e. migration), hazard endpoints and the regulatory status (i.e. included in Annex I of Regulation 10/2011 or not). The tool consists of 5 building blocks:
- Migration model: simulates the migration of chemicals from the FCM into the food;
- Hazard data: predicted by VEGA models and subdivided in 3 levels based on the amount and type of toxicological information needed as a function of the migration of the chemical in food (in accordance with the EFSA guidance). Predictions are provided for mutagenicity and chromosome damage (level 1); for sub-chronic toxicity and accumulation potential (level 2); and for reproductive and developmental toxicity and chronic/carcinogenicity toxicity (level 3).
- Regulatory Information: indicates whether or not the chemical is included in Annex I of Regulation 10/2011. If available, the Specific Migration Limit (SML) or restrictions of use are also provided.