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

EU technical expert group for FCMs: Meeting presentations

DG SANTE’s technical expert group for FCMs discusses baseline study on non-harmonized FCMs, EU measure on printed FCMs, and 10th amendment to plastics regulation; presentations now available

EU working group on FCMs: Meeting presentation

EU Commission’s working group on FCMs discusses revision of ceramics directive and plastics recycling; meeting agenda and presentation now available

EFSA: 5th FIP network meeting on FCMs

EFSA’s Food Ingredients and Packaging Scientific Network held fifth meeting on food contact materials on July 10-11, 2017; discussions focused on evaluating printing inks for FCMs