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

ChemSec identifies needs for upcoming EU chemical strategy

Non-governmental organization emphasizes five important aspects for the European Commission to consider when developing chemical strategy; includes creating industry incentives, focusing on hazards from intrinsic chemical properties, supply chain transparency, and closing regulatory gaps

Outcome of public consultation within EU EDC fitness check

European Commission publishes results of public consultation within fitness check of EU legislation on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs); finds that majority of respondents believe EU laws do not protect them from exposure to EDCs, that EDCs have been insufficiently identified across sectors

Stakeholder survey on EDC fitness check

European Commission publishes feedback received from targeted stakeholders for fitness check of legislation on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC); survey respondents find current lack of harmonized criteria problematic, current legislation not protecting human health and the environment

Stakeholders comment on farm to fork strategy

Non-governmental organizations call for improved and mandatory sharing of chemical and safety data across packaging supply chain; industry associations request clear regulations, more harmonization of EU rules

CHEM Trust: EU FCM laws need an update

Article discusses regulatory complexity caused by lack of harmonized EU FCM laws, failure to integrate REACH, increase in national regulations to address gaps; suggests considering positive list approach taken under drinking water directive

EC publishes Circular Economy Action Plan

European Commission’s new plan includes specific aims to simplify packaging materials, reduce unnecessary packaging use, set mandatory requirements for recycled content, remove hazardous chemicals from product life cycles; timelines for individual initiatives published

EU survey on citizen attitudes towards chemicals

Latest Eurobarometer survey finds citizens worried about impact of chemicals in products on environment (95%) and human health (85%); respondents believe society needs to change the way it consumes, produces, and trades; 80% think industry should do more to protect the environment

EU Commission solicits feedback on food irradiation

Public comment period opens on ongoing evaluation of EU legislation related to irradiation of food and food ingredients; comments accepted until May 25, 2020