Restriction of 4 phthalates progressing

ECHA’s Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis issues final opinion in favor of banning endocrine disrupting phthalates DEHP, DBP, DIBP, and BBP in consumer articles; all 4 phthalates relevant for food contact materials

BPA recognized as human endocrine disruptor

ECHA Member State Committee identifies bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern because of its endocrine disrupting effects in humans, in addition to its reprotoxic properties

12 SVHCs added to REACH authorization list

EU Commission places 12 substances of very high concern on the Authorisation List of the REACH regulation; 3 substances relevant for food contact materials

Industry opposes listing BPA as SVHC

Trade association PlasticsEurope files court action against ECHA for including bisphenol A in the list of substances of very high concern

Opinion: REACH authorizations hinder innovation

ChemSec discusses how authorization of toxic substances under REACH hurts innovation and promotion of safer alternatives

ECHA: 2016 SVHC roadmap report

ECHA releases annual report on progress in identifying substances of very high concern; calls on companies to improve REACH registration data to assess chemicals’ hazards and risks; will focus more on groups of structurally similar substances

EU Commission taking action on FCMs

NGO CHEM Trust outlines European Commission’s ongoing and upcoming activities to improve regulation of food contact materials

Chemicals management to be included in investment analysis

Assessment of corporate chemicals management will be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI); update reflects investors’ growing interest in chemical sustainability

ECHA committees agree on restriction of 4 phthalates

ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis support proposal to ban endocrine disrupting phthalates DEHP, DBP, DIBP, and BBP in various articles; all 4 substances relevant for food contact materials

FPF webinar on migration of SVHCs: Video online

Food Packaging Forum held webinar on its new study on the migration of substances of very high concern from food contact materials, March 13, 2017; video recording and presentation slides now available