EFSA: Activity 2015 and outlook for 2016-2019

EFSA publishes Annual Activity Report 2015 and a revised version of Programming document with strategic outlook for 2016-2019

EFSA/WHO report on TTC approach

A report by EFSA and WHO on the use of TTC in chemical risk assessment announces TTC ‘fit for purpose as a screening tool’; article by Chemical Watch discusses some concerns still unresolved

EFSA: Information for the public

EFSA opens doors to public on April 26-29, 2016; registration for info sessions open until April 11, 2016

EFSA: Strategy 2020

Management board adopts EFSA’s strategy 2020; main objectives include engagement of public and stakeholders in scientific assessment; policy update on EFSA’s independence planned; CEF and ANS Panels to be replaced by new panels in 2018

EFSA-RIVM symposium on chemical mixtures

Symposium co-organized by EFSA and RIVM addresses methods for assessing public health risks arising from exposure to chemical mixtures

First responses to RIVM’s BPA report

Dutch health ministry backs the RIVM’s call to reconsider EU-wide exposure limits and tighten national controls for BPA; EFSA says BPA reevaluation planned ‘next year’

Recommendations for BPA risk management

Dutch institute for public health (RIVM) releases second part of its BPA report; advises reconsidering the exposure limit values at EU level and rapidly implementing further exposure reduction measures

EFSA evaluates 4 PET recycling processes

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers FCMs made from post-consumer PET recycling processes ‘Coopbox’, ‘Ecoiberia’, ‘ANL’, and ‘Pramia Plastic Oy’ safe for contact with all types of foodstuffs

EFSA assesses 2 substances for use in FCMs

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers α-tocopherol acetate safe for use in polyolefins and concludes that migration of zinc from nanoparticles in non-plasticized polymers complies with the current SML, however concerns exist over dietary exposure from other sources

EFSA: Scientific opinion on FCMs

EFSA’s CEF Panel publishes scientific opinion on safety assessment of FCMs, including technical report on the public consultation; recommends migration testing of finished FCMs and revisiting consumer exposure as well as requirements for toxicity data