EC’s meeting with European FCM industry

EU Commission presents ongoing work in FCM field to professional associations; amendments to recycling plastics regulation and specific measure on ‘glymo’ in preparation; authorization of recycling processes expected by Q3 2020; final publication of updated EFSA opinion on phthalates in FCMs expected soon

Stakeholders discuss FCM regulatory evaluation

Discussions at EU Commission stakeholder event call for harmonized regulation of other food contact materials; REACH proposed as potential data source; concerns expressed regarding proposed ‘one-in, one-out’ approach for new laws within incoming Commission

France: Second national strategy on EDCs

France publishes second national strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals; plans creation of EDC list in 2020, followed by education campaigns; calls for tighter and more harmonized EDC regulations EU-wide; allocates funds to support EDC research

Summary of responses to EU FCM consultation

EU Commission publishes factual summaries of public consultation and SME panel survey on FCM regulation in the EU

EU authorizes new substance in plastic FCMs

European Commission amends EU 10/2011 regulation on plastic food contact materials, authorizes use of poly((R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-(R)-3-hydroxyhexanoate) for contact with dry or solid foods

EU Committee comments on EDC roadmap

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) submits opinion on ongoing review of EU rules for endocrine disruptors, calls for additional research funding, precautionary principle, consistent criteria across all regulatory fields

EU workshop on FCM regulatory evaluation

European Commission announces stakeholder workshop on September 9, 2019, to present and discuss results and findings from the evaluation of EU food contact material legislation; registration open

European Council conclusions for chemicals strategy

European Council recommends that EU Commission develops clear action plans to address REACH dossier compliance, minimize exposure to endocrine disruptors; calls for collection of information on nanoforms of low volume substances not yet registered under REACH

EU conference on chemicals policy 2030

European Commission hosts multi-stakeholder conference on chemicals policy; discusses setting criteria for green and sustainable chemistry, chemicals in the circular economy, and fair competition from foreign manufacturers

EC to abandon non-toxic environment strategy

EU Commission considers stopping work on the EU’s non-toxic environment strategy in the presently foreseen form; industry welcomes the news, NGOs call it a ‘scandal’