Environmental toxicity of nanomaterials

German Environment Agency releases reports on aquatic toxicity and environmental fate of nanomaterials

Opinion: EU not doing enough about toxic chemicals

Op-ed by Swedish chemical scientists criticizes EU’s slow pace of regulating hazardous chemicals, highlights magnitude of health and environmental consequences

EFSA publishes final plan for BPA re-assessment

EFSA publishes BPA hazard assessment protocol along with report on public consultation outcomes; collection of studies to start in 2018

BfR informs about mineral oil migration

German risk assessment institute answers frequently asked questions about mineral oil migration from cardboard food packaging, recommends using virgin fibers, mineral-oil-free printing inks, functional barriers

EU Member States adopt revised EDC criteria for pesticides

Member States vote in favor of EU Commission’s new proposal for criteria to identify endocrine disrupting pesticides; exemption for substances with intentional endocrine activity removed; NGOs criticize remaining high burden of proof

Opinion: EDC guidance “doomed to fail”

PAN Europe criticizes draft guidance for identifying endocrine disruptors published by EFSA and ECHA; too much focus on mode of action of chemicals, precautionary principle overlooked, organization claims

FDA roadmap for predictive toxicology

U.S. FDA publishes roadmap to further develop predictive toxicology methods for risk assessment; public workshop to be held

EFSA: Open plenary meetings 2018

Dates of EFSA’s 2018 open plenary meetings released; CEP Panel to meet on October 23-25, 2018 in Parma, Italy; live streams available

Non-harmonized FCMs and plastic recycling

Smithers Pira 2017 conference on plastic and paper in contact with food covers initiatives by industry associations and recycling of plastic FCMs

Science-policy workshop on PFASs

Safety and Environmental Technology Group at ETH Zurich brings together scientists and regulators to discuss collaboration and future action on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances