JRC: 2018 report on alternatives to animal testing

Joint Research Centre publishes annual 2018 report on ‘recent achievements and future plans’ in the field of development and regulatory acceptance of alternative approaches to animal testing

Testing for developmental neurotoxicity

Special issue of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology features 18 articles discussing alternative (non-animal) methods for assessing chemicals’ potential to harm neurodevelopment in children

Too little regulatory follow-up in REACH

Report by NGO European Environmental Bureau finds over 70% of substances with completed REACH evaluations demonstrating concern for human health or the environment have not yet received any regulatory follow-up to manage risks

JRC report on nanomaterial definitions

EU Commission Joint Research Centre report describes concepts and terms for nanomaterial legislation in EU, aims to support harmonized implementation across regulatory contexts

France to amend rubber FCM rules

France notifies EU Commission of intent to amend rules on rubber in contact with food and pacifiers for infants

National Geographic’s packaging challenge

“Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge” to reward innovations in food packaging, focus on using easily recycled materials without additives; submissions due June 2019

NGO coalitions call for EU strategy

EDC Free Europe and Green10 urge the EU Commission to develop EU strategy for a non-toxic environment, keep topic as priority despite delays

Provisional agreement on EU food law

European Council and Parliament reach provisional agreement on revisions to EU General Food Law; aim to improve transparency and independence of risk assessments

Investments needed for circular economy

Director of European Chemicals Agency says circular economy will take decades to achieve, heavy investments needed to boost innovation

Public consultation on EU FCM regulation

Consultation launched within ongoing evaluation of food contact material regulation in EU; online questionnaire open until May 6, 2019