EU plastics strategy published

European Commission adopts EU-wide strategy for plastics in the circular economy, aims to make all plastic packaging recyclable, reduce single-use plastics, ban intentional microplastics

EU environment committee supports draft BPA regulation

EU Parliament’s Environment Committee votes in favor of EU Commission’s draft regulation on bisphenol A in food contact materials

Stakeholders comment on evaluation of EU FCM regulation

Industry, authorities and NGOs respond to EU Commission’s consultation on the evaluation and fitness of food contact regulation 1935/2004; Food Packaging Forum highlights assessment of chemical migration from finished articles

EU legislation on waste

Council of the European Union and EU Parliament provisionally agree on EU Commission’s proposals for revision of EU waste legislation; introduce new binding targets for packaging waste recycling, define requirements for extended producer responsibility

Consultation on EC’s approach to food safety

EU Commission publishes roadmap for “transparency and sustainability of the EU food and feed safety risk assessment model,” aims to increase transparency and involvement of Member States in EFSA’s assessments; public consultation open until January 17, 2018

DCHP and TMA identified as SVHCs

EU REACH Committee classifies dicyclohexyl phthalate and trimellitic anhydride as substances of very high concern; both substances relevant for food contact

Impact study on REACH authorization

EU Commission impact study finds REACH authorization is ‘achieving its objectives’ by driving substitution of SVHCs and promoting alternative chemicals

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

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

RIVM critical of EU nano-observatory

Dutch institute for public health deems EU observatory for nanomaterials “limited in detailed information,” highlights importance of adapting REACH regulation for nanomaterials