EU Commission presents EDC strategy

European Commission publishes communication outlining the EU’s strategic approach to managing endocrine disruptors; NGOs criticize lack of specific actions and missing timeline to reduce EDC exposure

EU EDC framework coming soon

European Commission will adopt communication defining its framework on endocrine disrupters November 7, 2018

Conference on FCM regulation

Industry platform Chem Academy hosts conference on food contact materials regulation on February 18-19, 2019, in Berlin; registration now open

New EFSA FCM working group: 1st meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel working group on food contact materials holds 1st meeting; minutes now available online

REACH debate at EU Parliament

Members of EU Parliament react to German study showing a third of REACH registrations non-compliant; calls for publicizing the list of infringing companies, more efficient dossier evaluation, stricter enforcement

EU Parliament adopts single-use plastics rules

EU Parliament adopts report on EU Commission’s proposal for regulation of certain single-use plastic articles contributing to marine litter

EU bioeconomy strategy

EU Commission publishes updated strategy for developing ‘sustainable and circular bioeconomy’ in Europe

Opinion: Loopholes in proposed EU laws for single-use plastics

Rethink Plastic alliance of NGOs warns that definition of single-use items is ‘too narrow,’ allowing to avoid bans or reduction measures by marketing them as reusable; NGOs deliver petition to EU Parliament ahead of vote on single-use plastics regulation on October 22, 2018

Green 10 manifesto

Green 10 coalition of environmental organizations identifies four priority areas ‘to promote a European Union that puts people and our planet first’

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