Updates on global food contact legislation

Global regulatory news and industry initiatives presented at Smithers Pira conference on Global Food Contact; presentations focus on the harmonization of the European legislation and the mutual understanding of global regulatory frameworks

Using academic studies in regulatory assessment of chemicals

Scientists discuss how to increase use of peer-reviewed studies in regulatory assessments of chemicals; propose ten actions focused on finding relevant information, increasing regulatory usefulness of peer-reviewed studies, engaging in dialogue with stakeholders

FPF Workshop 2017: Program and registration online

Event program and registration for Food Packaging Forum’s annual workshop now online; live webcast available; register before September 28, 2017!

EU plastic converters discuss risk assessment of FCMs

Food Contact Plastics Seminar highlights NIAS, printing inks, provides regulatory updates

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

EU Member States will evaluate 22 chemicals in 2017

ECHA adopts updated Community Rolling Action Plan for 2017-2019; 22 substances to be evaluated in 2017, of which 7 are relevant for food contact materials

AOPs in Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment

OECD publishes guidance on the use of Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) in developing Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment (IATA); AOPs to support chemical grouping, development of models, test methods, and testing strategies, and interpretation of test results

Conference report: Towards a non-toxic future

Stakeholder conference held by Danish Ministry delivers recommendations for future EU chemicals regulation; conference report now available

EFSA: Consultations on weight of evidence and biological relevance

EFSA announces public consultation on two draft guidance documents concerning use of weight of evidence approach in scientific assessments and identification of biological relevance of observed effects

Fully embedded nanoparticles do not migrate

Scientists review experimental and modeling studies on migration of nanoparticles from food contact plastics; conclude that no migration will occur if nanoparticles are fully embedded in polymer; mechanical stress or damage could lead to increased release