About this Webinar
On April 15, 2021, from 17:00 to 18:00 CEST, the Food Packaging Forum held the second webinar within its Spring 2021 series titled “Putting the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) into action: Challenges and opportunities for Food Contact Materials (FCMs).” This second webinar focused on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and chemical mixtures.
It featured two presentations from Dr. Pete Myers of Environmental Health Sciences (EHN) and Prof. Thomas Backhaus of the University of Gothenburg. Dr. Myers presented on the unique characteristics of EDCs and current understanding of how they impact health, and Prof. Backhaus’ talk provided an overview of the complex issue of chemical mixtures and discussed potential regulatory options. The presentations were followed by an open discussion session with the audience, including the opportunity to ask questions.
About this Webinar Series
Chemicals undeniably have enabled societal prosperity and wellbeing. At the same time, the production and use of chemicals come at an environmental and societal cost. For current and future generations to continue benefiting from the safe and sustainable use of chemicals, the European Commission recently launched its Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) which is part of the EU’s overarching Green Deal action plan (FPF reported). The CSS provides the framework for development in the right direction, but ultimately, its effectiveness will depend on implementation in new or revised EU regulations. And the EU food contact materials (FCMs) regulation that is currently being revised will be the first testing ground for putting the CSS into action. Therefore, the Food Packaging Forum is holding a webinar series in the Spring of 2021 to discuss what is most important when implementing the CSS into the revised FCM regulation. Diverse issues will be highlighted, and related topics will be discussed by experts in more detail and draw on current scientific knowledge, including green chemistry, hazardous chemicals, endocrine disruption, mixture toxicity, simplifying chemicals, and substituting hazardous chemicals – with a focus on FCMs and the ongoing regulatory revision in Europe.
The dates and topics of the other webinars within the series are shown below: