JRC and EFSA reinforce collaboration

EU Joint Research Centre and EFSA hold workshop to discuss ongoing and future collaborations; common topics of interest include chemical mixtures, endocrine disruptors, and risk/hazard assessment of food-relevant chemicals

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

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

Guidelines for sample preparation needed

EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre publishes study on heavy metal contamination in canned vegetables, shows need for clear sample preparation guidelines to ensure harmonized compliance assessment

EU working group on FCMs: Latest meeting

EU Commission’s working group on FCMs discusses baseline study on non-harmonized FCMs, EU measure on printed FCMs, information transfer in the supply chain, and draft measure on BPA

Member States discuss EDC criteria

DG SANTE publishes latest meeting minutes on revised EDC criteria, summarizes different concerns raised by EU Member States

EU study on non-harmonized FCMs published

EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre baseline study on non-harmonized food contact materials finds shortcomings in risk assessment practices, disparities among national lists of authorized substances, and lack of testing methods; common standards are needed

EFSA seeking stakeholder experts for EDC guidance

EFSA looking for stakeholder experts to consult drafting of guidance on identification of endocrine disruptors; deadline for nominations is January 31, 2017

Testing release of metals from ceramics

EU reference laboratory for FCMs publishes report on approaches to test release of metals from ceramic articles; over seventy samples tested to compare migration in two food simulants and tomato sauce