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

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