Public consultation on marine microplastic pollution

EU Commission launches public consultation on policy options to reduce microplastics entering the oceans; consultation open to all citizens until October 16, 2017

Next meeting on EDC criteria scheduled

EU Member States to discuss and possibly vote on Commission’s draft criteria to identify endocrine disruptors on July 4, 2017

Endocrine experts concerned about EU EDC criteria

Endocrinology societies send letter to EU Commission, urge Member States to work on EDC criteria that better protect the environment and human health

12 SVHCs added to REACH authorization list

EU Commission places 12 substances of very high concern on the Authorisation List of the REACH regulation; 3 substances relevant for food contact materials

EU observatory for nanomaterials now online

ECHA launches European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials website; provides information on nanomaterials on the EU market for consumers, workers, regulators, and scientists

EFSA working group on FCMs: 24th meeting

Updated meeting minutes of EFSA’s CEF Panel working group on FCMs now available online

EU legislation on drinking water contact materials

Industry association calls for harmonized EU legislation on materials in contact with drinking water; proposal by EU Commission expected by end of 2017

Vote on EDC criteria on hold

EU Commission presents latest revised draft of criteria to identify endocrine disruptors to Member States; no formal vote taken; next meeting not yet scheduled

EU working group on FCMs: Meeting minutes

EU Commission’s working group on FCMs discusses fluorinated substances in food packaging, supply chain survey, roadmap for evaluating FCM framework regulation, monitoring of mineral oils, Union Measure on printed FCMs

New test methods for EDCs needed

JRC expert survey identifies gaps in test methods for evaluating endocrine disruptors; new methods for thyroid, metabolic, immune disorders, as well as hormone-related cancers seen as priority