EU to monitor mineral oil hydrocarbons in food

EU Commission adopts recommendation to monitor mineral oil hydrocarbons in food and in materials and articles intended for food contact; 2017-2018 monitoring data to be submitted to EFSA by February 2019

Member States discuss EDC criteria

DG SANTE publishes latest meeting minutes on revised EDC criteria, summarizes different concerns raised by EU Member States

Survey: Compliance documentation in the supply chain

DG SANTE conducts survey on the use of compliance documentation as required under the plastic FCM regulation, aims to identify problems and inform development of new FCM legislation; survey open until February 10, 2017

EU study on non-harmonized FCMs published

EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre baseline study on non-harmonized food contact materials finds shortcomings in risk assessment practices, disparities among national lists of authorized substances, and lack of testing methods; common standards are needed

EFSA seeking stakeholder experts for EDC guidance

EFSA looking for stakeholder experts to consult drafting of guidance on identification of endocrine disruptors; deadline for nominations is January 31, 2017

No vote on EDC criteria yet

No formal vote on proposed EDC criteria took place during latest SC-PAFF meeting; Commission likely to re-draft proposals due to wide disagreement among stakeholders

EDCs and the pesticide industry

Opinion articles highlight influence of pesticide industry on the regulation of endocrine disruptors in Australia and Europe

Outline of EDC guidance

EFSA and ECHA publish outline of guidance enabling identification of endocrine disruptors; public consultation on draft guidance scheduled for summer 2017

EU working group on FCMs: New meeting summary

EU Commission’s working group on FCMs discusses migration testing guidelines, 7th amendment to plastic FCM regulation, mineral oil migration, authorization of recycling processes, and EFSA opinion on safety assessment of FCMs

EU technical expert group for FCMs: New meeting summary

DG SANTE’s technical expert group for FCMs discusses migration testing guidelines, 7th amendment to plastic FCM regulation, and EFSA opinion on safety assessment of FCMs