New EFSA guidance documents for scientific assessments

EFSA’s Scientific Committee publishes new guidance on biological relevance of data and weight of evidence approach in scientific assessments

EFSA: Public consultation on genotoxicity

EFSA opens public consultation on draft opinion regarding genotoxicity evaluation of chemicals in food and feed; comments to be submitted by September 6, 2017

EC’s proposal for regulating printed FCMs

EU Commission publishes proposal for new regulatory approach for Union measure on printed FCMs, discussed during May 2017 meeting of working group on FCMs with Member States

Contaminants in food

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) publishes special issue on contaminants in food; groups and origins of contaminants, risk perception and exposure estimation covered

Final TSCA framework rules published

U.S. EPA issues final rules on prioritization, risk evaluation, and inventory of chemicals under revised TSCA; scope of risk assessment for first 10 high-priority substances defined

Children significantly exposed to EDCs and neurotoxins

Danish EPA assesses risk of young and unborn children’s exposure to endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins; phthalates, bisphenol A, and lead identified among most critical substances

Focus on persistent and mobile chemicals

Scientists call for more research and regulation regarding ‘mobile’ chemicals, as these pose high risk to aquatic environment and drinking water quality

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

Updates on global food contact legislation

Global regulatory news and industry initiatives presented at Smithers Pira conference on Global Food Contact; presentations focused 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