Responses to EU FCM consultation

Stakeholders urge equal treatment of SVHCs in REACH and FCM legislations, call for more harmonized FCM measures

FPF position paper on EU FCM regulation

Food Packaging Forum submits comments for the European food contact regulatory review; suggests clarification of assumptions and publication of updated guidance for safety assessments for all food contact materials

Challenges and developments in plastic converter industry

Food Contact Plastics Seminar 2019 discusses use of the mutual recognition principle, improved supply chain communication, analysis of non-intentionally added substances, and regulation of recycling for plastic FCMs

Faster action on EU EDC strategy needed

EU environment ministers urge Commission to speed up action on EU-wide endocrine disruptor strategy to tackle toys, cosmetics, food contact materials; clearly defined timelines requested; fitness check of relevant EU laws addressing EDCs to be launched next

Assessment of voluntary plastics pledges

EU Commission assesses voluntary pledges made by industry in response to EU strategy for plastics in circular economy; chemical recycling frequently mentioned but rarely included in the volumes of recycled plastic pledged; more information needed on chemicals in plastic waste

Circular economy stakeholder conference

European Commission and European Economic and Social Committee host 2019 conference on circular economy, focus on success stories and new challenges

Guidance on mineral oil hydrocarbons

EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre publishes guidance for sampling, analysis, and reporting of monitoring results for mineral oil hydrocarbons in food and food contact materials

NGOs urge more protective EDC strategy in EU

EDC-free Europe coalition of NGOs urges definitive actions to reduce exposure to endocrine disruptors ahead of upcoming debate by Council of EU Environmental Ministers

Implementation of EU circular economy plan

EU Commission evaluates implementation of its circular economy plan; all 54 actions outlined in 2015 ‘have now been delivered or are being implemented’

Nanomaterials definition revision postponed

EU Commission confirms further delay of revising the definition of nanomaterials; completion expected after new Commission takes office, not before 2020