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

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