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

12 additional substances for authorization

EU Commission announces the planned addition of 12 substances to the REACH Authorization List, set to be added in October 2019

NGO coalitions call for EU strategy

EDC Free Europe and Green10 urge the EU Commission to develop EU strategy for a non-toxic environment, keep topic as priority despite delays

Provisional agreement on EU food law

European Council and Parliament reach provisional agreement on revisions to EU General Food Law; aim to improve transparency and independence of risk assessments

Public consultation on EU FCM regulation

Consultation launched within ongoing evaluation of food contact material regulation in EU; online questionnaire open until May 6, 2019