EU starts evaluation of FCM regulation: 1st stakeholder event

Evaluation of the European FCM regulation started with a stakeholder workshop in Brussels; purpose of the 12-month evaluation process is to identify how FCM regulation performs in practice; participants see urgent need for improvements; all stakeholder input is welcome

Amendment to EU plastic FCM regulation planned

EU notifies WTO of amendment to plastic FCM regulation; authorization of 3 new food contact substances and other specifications foreseen

Stakeholder workshop on FCM evaluation

DG SANTE holds first stakeholder meeting on evaluation of EU FCM legislation, September 24, 2018, in Brussels; meeting agenda, background information online; webstream available

France vs. EU: Ban on BPA in FCMs

Internal briefing document reveals EU Commission’s past intention for legal action against France’s ban of bisphenol A in food contact materials; Commission-internal disagreements put case on hold

Plastic packaging industry discusses current challenges

Food Contact Plastics Seminar 2018 addresses EU plastics strategy, bioassays, Chinese FCM legislation, developments in EU FCM regulations

Consultation on EC’s approach to food safety

EU Commission publishes roadmap for “transparency and sustainability of the EU food and feed safety risk assessment model,” aims to increase transparency and involvement of Member States in EFSA’s assessments; public consultation open until January 17, 2018

EU Member States adopt revised EDC criteria for pesticides

Member States vote in favor of EU Commission’s new proposal for criteria to identify endocrine disrupting pesticides; exemption for substances with intentional endocrine activity removed; NGOs criticize remaining high burden of proof

EU working group on FCMs: Latest meeting summary

EU Commission’s working group on FCMs discusses revision of ceramics directive, consults with industry and consumer organizations

Opinion: EU Commission’s secrecy on FCMs

Non-profit organization CHEM Trust criticizes EU Commission’s “secretive and industry-focused” approach to regulating food contact materials, requests more transparency and involvement of public interest groups

FCMs topic at EU parliamentary committee

EU Parliament’s Environment Committee exchanges views with the EU Commission on the regulation of food contact materials, requests quicker results and urges for more transparency