Nanomaterials definition revision postponed

EU Commission confirms further delay of revising the definition of nanomaterials; completion expected after new Commission takes office, not before 2020

Uncertainty in EDC risk assessments

New report by the Danish Centre on Endocrine Disruptors provides recommendations for better considering uncertainties in risk assessment of EDCs; suggests using additional uncertainty factors and non-threshold approach

Quantis launches “Plastic Leak Project”

Consulting firm Quantis announces start of project to develop methodology to assess plastic leakage; aims to support companies in minimizing plastic pollution along their value chains

Guide to design for recycled content

New guide aims to support brands and suppliers in increasing recycled content in packaging; provides specific guidance for a range of packaging material types

Webinar on updated TSCA inventory

U.S. EPA updates Toxic Substances Control Act inventory, flags over 45 thousand chemicals set to be labeled as not anymore in commerce; webinar on March 15 to explain notification process for manufactures and importers

Plastic packaging in circular economy

Article in Food Safety Magazine reviews circular economy challenges related to plastic packaging, summarizes government and industry statements and perspectives

12 additional substances for authorization

EU Commission announces the planned addition of 12 substances to the REACH Authorization List, set to be added in October 2019

EFSA: updated opinion on FCM phthalates

Updated draft scientific opinion on risk assessment of DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP, and DIDP in food contact materials published; webinar to be held on March 15 and public consultation open until April 14

Plastic additives inventory published

ECHA and Cefic publish inventory of additives added to plastics in EU; identify 419 high volume substances with various functions

EFSA FCM working group: 3rd meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on food contact materials holds 3rd meeting; minutes now available online