EU Commission taking action on FCMs

NGO CHEM Trust outlines European Commission’s ongoing and upcoming activities to improve regulation of food contact materials

No agreement yet on EDC criteria

EU Commission and Member States continue discussion on EDC criteria; no agreement reached yet; new revised draft and next meeting foreseen

Circular economy without hazardous chemicals

Opinion article discusses importance of ingredient transparency for safe consumer products in the circular economy; calls on European Commission to provide effective legal requirements

7 steps to identify EDCs

New ECETOC report presents step-by-step guidance for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals; complements EDC guidance developed by ECHA and EFSA and focuses on weight-of-evidence approach

Classification of nanomaterials

JRC and partners of EU project NanoDefine develop strategy for identifying nanomaterials based on particles’ volume specific surface area (VSSA)

Regulation of nanomaterials in the EU

JRC study reviews EU legislation on nanomaterials; summarizes different sectors with nano-specific provisions, such as plastic FCM regulation; more research needed to address regulatory questions

Member States continue discussion on EDC criteria

DG SANTE publishes latest meeting minutes on revised EDC criteria; no agreement yet among Member States

Temporary approach for migration of biocides

EU competent authorities for biocides decide on interim approach to set residue and migration limits for active substances in food-related products and food contact materials

Conference report: Towards a non-toxic future

Stakeholder conference held by Danish Ministry delivers recommendations for future EU chemicals regulation; conference report now available

EFSA: 4th FIP network meeting on FCMs

EFSA’s Food Ingredients and Packaging Scientific Network held fourth meeting on food contact materials on February 16, 2017; discussions focused on coatings; interest group on evaluation of coatings formed