EC’s roadmap on sustainable products initiative

European Commission (EC) opens public consultation on new sustainable products initiative; aims to expand scope of Ecodesign Directive across product types, create sustainability principles, requirements to link climate and environmental impacts to resource and energy use

Draft of EU chemicals strategy shows internal disagreements

Leaked draft version developed by DG Environment and commented on by DG Grow; proposed mixture assessment factor not supported by DG Grow, overall wording requested to be ‘less definitive and committing’; NGOs concerned revisions could place public health behind corporate interests

EU initiative to standardize quantification of environmental impacts

European Commission publishes roadmap, inception impact assessment; initiative aims to require companies to substantiate environmental footprint claims made about their products or services, reduce ‘greenwashing’; open for feedback until August 31, 2020

Ecorys report on evaluation of FCM legislation

European Commission publishes final report developed by consultancy Ecorys on ongoing evaluation of food contact material (FCM) legislation; identifies lack of harmonization across many materials, incoherent risk management measures across legislation; finds that health benefits of the legislation outweigh it costs

FPF comments on EU chemicals strategy roadmap

Food Packaging Forum (FPF) submits feedback on European Commission’s roadmap to develop chemicals strategy for sustainability; calls for sufficient support to establish appropriate test methods, prioritize substitution of the known hazardous chemicals currently authorized for use in food contact materials

EEB priorities for upcoming EU chemical strategy

Non-governmental organization European Environmental Bureau (EEB) publishes position paper setting 8 priorities for upcoming EU Chemical Strategy for Sustainability; calls for revision of food contact materials legislation, creation of chemical substitution forums and technical support centers for small and medium sized businesses, ‘polluter pays’ tax

ECHA online event discusses legislation goals

ECHA director presents interest in a single assessment approach for each substance to minimize burden, harmonize data structure across legislations; DG Environment director outlines EU goals for safer chemicals, leading transition to safe chemicals and non-chemical alternatives

JRC report on science for food

European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) launches report on science for food; publication to inform pending Farm to Fork Strategy; includes overview of JRC’s previous and current work on food contact materials

European Commission launches Fit for Future Platform

New platform made up of high-level experts, aims to simplify EU laws and reduce administrative burden; call for stakeholder experts open until June 19, 2020; online Have Your Say portal will allow all citizens and stakeholders to contribute

European Commission publishes chemicals strategy roadmap

Document outlines aims for the upcoming Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability; set to consider recent and ongoing regulatory reviews, address risks posed by endocrine disruptors, hazardous chemicals in products, combination effects; feedback accepted until June 20, 2020