EU Parliament adopts general food law revisions to improve transparency

European Parliament votes to accept proposed regulatory changes to speed-up EFSA processes, create common register of studies, set criteria for confidential business information

EU plastics industry holds event on circular economy

Various plastic industry associations and initiatives jointly hosted first annual event to report and discuss their progress in circular practices with different stakeholders

New report on PFASs in FCMs

Study by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Toxic-Free Future shows some U.S. paper food packaging items likely contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances; call on retailers and governments to take actions

DTU announces two large EU research projects on EDCs

Technical University of Denmark contributes to 2 new Horizon 2020 research projects focused on endocrine disruptors, reproductive health, thyroid hormones; to begin in 2019 and run for 5 years

Restriction of 6 PFASs progresses

ECHA’s risk assessment and socio-economic committees agree with restriction proposal for 6 per- and polyfluorinated substances; CLP classifications adopted for four other FCM-relevant substances

EFSA FCM working group: 2nd meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on food contact materials holds 2nd meeting; minutes now available online

Science and practice of mixture assessment

Scientific means to assess chemical mixtures are available, but regulatory application lags behind due to practical challenges and lack of legal mandates

Analysis of polymers’ molecular weight

Yawei Zhang from Knoell consultancy discusses analytical techniques used to characterize molecular weight of industrial polymers for regulatory submissions

Opinion on polymers under REACH

Paul Ashford from Anthesis-Caleb consultancy discusses challenges in ‘dealing with polymers under REACH,” calls for clear guidance on substance identification of polymers; EU project aims to identify ‘polymers of concern’

Opinion: Time to act on PFAS

Pamela Miller from IPEN reviews toxic effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, urges industry and governments to act according to Stockholm Convention committee recommendations