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

Webinar on Chinese FCM regulations

Grocery Manufacturers Association hosts free webinar on January 17, 2018, addressing Chinese food labeling and food contact regulations; registration now open

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

Restriction proposal for 6 PFASs

Swedish and German agencies propose restricting 6 per- and polyfluorinated substances, as well as mixtures and articles containing them; ECHA opens public consultation until June 20, 2018

Migration tests for ceramics and crystal ware

EU reference laboratory for FCMs publishes final report on suitable test methods for measuring migration of metals from ceramics and glass to support revision of EU Ceramic Directive

From scientific evidence to policy

Journal PLOS Biology publishes special edition on the effects of chemical exposures on public and environmental health; addresses gap between scientific understanding and regulation of chemicals

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