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

UK to “overhaul” its waste system

UK government announces plans to make major changes to waste system; considers introducing extended producer responsibility, plastic tax, defined materials for recycling, deposit return scheme

Updated QSAR toolbox

OECD updates QSAR toolbox software package, includes latest REACH registration data and new models

Circular packaging design guidelines

FH Campus Wien publishes guidelines for design of packaging within the circular economy

Report on plastic and health

Center for International Environmental Law publishes report about plastic risks across each stage of lifecycle, calls for lifecycle approach during decision making and for a variety of solutions and options

Conference on uncertainty in risk analysis

EFSA and BfR to hold “International Conference on Uncertainty in Risk Analysis” on February 21-22, 2019 in Berlin; focus on challenges and advances in assessing, managing, and communicating uncertainty

Antimony trioxide inhalation limit

U.S. scientific organization recommends lowering inhalation limit to 0.02 mg/m3; industry group warns of cost increases and intransparency in calculations

New sleeves to help PET recycling

Industry association endorsed for standardized sleeves on PET bottles, new solution aims to improve sleeve removal before recycling

Glass packaging continues to grow

Industry group reports 1% growth in glass packaging production, attributes increase to environmentally conscious consumers