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Opinion: EU Commission’s secrecy on FCMs

Non-profit organization CHEM Trust criticizes EU Commission’s “secretive and industry-focused” approach to regulating food contact materials, requests more transparency and involvement of public interest groups

FCMs topic at EU parliamentary committee

EU Parliament’s Environment Committee exchanges views with the EU Commission on the regulation of food contact materials, requests quicker results and urges for more transparency

Legal options for EDC criteria

Several options exist for EU Commission’s next actions on EDC criteria for pesticides; legal experts see responding to EP’s objection concerning exemption for pesticides with intended endocrine mode of action as the quickest way forward

EU Parliament vetoes EDC criteria

EU Parliament’s vote rejects EU Commission’s proposal for EDC identification criteria for pesticides; asks to remove exemption for the substances with intended endocrine mode of action, deliver new proposal ‘without delay’

Environment MEPs object EDC criteria

European Parliament’s Environment Committee supports objection to EU Commission’s proposal for EDC criteria, highlights unlawful exemptions for compounds with intended endocrine activity, calls on full Parliament to veto criteria proposal

Responses to draft regulation on BPA in FCMs

NGOs respond to public consultation, propose to ban BPA in all FCMs that could be used by children, suggest that regulation should cover additional types of FCMs like paper and card

EC adopts EDC criteria for biocides

EU Commission adopts endocrine disruptor identification criteria for biocides following the endorsement of criteria for pesticides in July 2017

EDC criteria for biocides progressing

EU Member States hold final discussion on criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of biocidal products; Commission to adopt proposed criteria soon

Suggestion for EU FCM regulatory change

Koni Grob of the Official Food Control Authority of the Canton of Zurich publishes two articles proposing a new approach to FCM regulation in the EU; key elements are improved compliance work by industry thanks to better enforcement and dedicated database of approved substances and materials

Further reactions to EU EDC criteria adoption

Denmark and Sweden maintain that EDC criteria require too high burden of proof; France promises tougher national controls on EDCs; Endocrine Society calls on EU Parliament to ‘gather input’ from endocrine scientists

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