This application note describes two automated methods for screening of extractable compounds from materials for food packaging, medical or technical purposes. The first method is based on automated liquid extraction performed by the GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler (MPS), the second involves thermal desorption of the material in question in the GERSTEL Thermal Desorption Unit (TDU). Both methods are suitable for gaining an overview of the quality and emission potential of a material and therefore useful in the search for a suitable packaging material. The methods deliver comparable qualitative results.