European Council conclusions for chemicals strategy

European Council recommends that EU Commission develops clear action plans to address REACH dossier compliance, minimize exposure to endocrine disruptors; calls for collection of information on nanoforms of low volume substances not yet registered under REACH

EFSA BPA re-evaluation: 9th and 10th meetings

EFSA CEP Panel publishes minutes of the 9th and 10th meetings of its working group on bisphenol A safety re-evaluation; experts discuss pilot phase, review results from ongoing evaluation of papers

FDA: Consultation on threshold for regulation process

U.S. Food and Drug Administration promotes threshold for regulation approach for food contact materials, defines types of information to be submitted by applicants; public comments accepted until August 20, 2019

Report on transition to safer chemicals

EU Directorate General for Environment publishes Chemicals Innovation Action Agenda setting out priority action areas to scale investment and innovation in safer chemicals; reviews experiences from ‘frontrunner companies’ and lessons learned in substituting substances

EU conference on chemicals policy 2030

European Commission hosts multi-stakeholder conference on chemicals policy; discusses setting criteria for green and sustainable chemistry, chemicals in the circular economy, and fair competition from foreign manufacturers

EC to abandon non-toxic environment strategy

EU Commission considers stopping work on the EU’s non-toxic environment strategy in the presently foreseen form; industry welcomes the news, NGOs call it a ‘scandal’

EFSA phthalates working group: 11th meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on phthalates continues work on draft opinion for phthalates reassessment, addresses comments received during public consultation

Report on difficult-to-recycle materials

ASTRX (Applying Systems Thinking to Recycling) project publishes report reviewing efficiency of packaging materials through recycling processes; highlights flexible films and shrink sleeves as problematic, calls for increased purchasing of recycled content to boost market demand

Report to accelerate ‘safe-by-design’ concept

Group of experts submit report to European Commission, aim to advance integration of ‘safe-by-design’ chemical and material innovation in upcoming Horizon Europe research program

Questions surround French deposit scheme

Pending introduction of a deposit-return scheme for bottles in France raising questions by stakeholders; applicable materials, functioning, and cost distributions not yet clear