In an article published on November 30, 2017, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch informed that the European Commission (EC) considers establishing “a FCM stakeholder forum, involving all interested parties, at minimum on an annual basis, to ensure that perspectives on current and future policy relating to FCMs are taken into account, including from public interest organizations.” This was stated in a letter dated November 22, 2017, signed by Xavier Prats Monné of the EC’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), and addressing the non-profit organizations Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), ClientEarth, and CHEM Trust. The three organizations had previously urged DG SANTE for more openness and transparency in the regulatory process for food contact materials (FCMs) (FPF reported).

On November 7, 2017, CHEM Trust highlighted that DG SANTE currently only consults with industry regarding FCM regulations, while public interest groups are not considered as stakeholders (FPF reported). The Food Packaging Forum (FPF) was a member of DG SANTE’s previous FCM stakeholder group until May 2015, but has been denied access since then (FPF reported).

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Chemical Watch (November 30, 2017). “European Commission considers FCM stakeholders forum.