EU statement on emerging health issues

EU Commission’s Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks publishes statement and position paper on emerging health and environmental issues

EU agreement on single-use plastics

EU Council and Parliament provisionally agree on new Directive restricting several single-use plastic products, including cutlery, plates, straws, certain food and beverage containers

EU Commission restricts four phthalates

EU Commission adopts decision to restrict DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP in consumer products on EU market; food contact materials not covered

ECHA: 2nd consultation on phthalates’ authorization

ECHA consults on uses of DEHP, DBP, BBP, DIBP which may no longer be exempted from authorization, including FCM uses; deadline for comments March 12, 2019

Delay of EU non-toxic environment strategy

Finalization of the EU’s non-toxic environment strategy shifted into 2019 after new European Commission in office

REACH nano revisions adopted

EU Commission adopts revision of information requirements for nanomaterials to be provided in REACH registration dossiers; new rules apply from January 1, 2020

Consultation on EU Product Policy Framework

EU Commission holds public consultation on ‘Product Policy Framework contributing to the Circular Economy’; responses accepted until January 24, 2019

JRC informs about chemicals in food packaging

EU Joint Research Centre highlights Commission’s efforts in ensuring safety of food contact materials in new 2-page document

ECHA: Microplastics likely end up in soil and freshwater

ECHA’s risk assessment finds intentionally added microplastics more likely to accumulate in terrestrial and freshwater environments than in oceans

How can EU reach ambitious recycling goals?

Special report by Euractiv discusses Europe’s new waste laws and how extended producer responsibility and deposit return schemes can help EU countries reach recycling targets