EC adopts EDC criteria for biocides

EU Commission adopts endocrine disruptor identification criteria for biocides following the endorsement of criteria for pesticides in July 2017

EDC criteria for biocides progressing

EU Member States hold final discussion on criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of biocidal products; Commission to adopt proposed criteria soon

Suggestion for EU FCM regulatory change

Koni Grob of the Official Food Control Authority of the Canton of Zurich publishes two articles proposing a new approach to FCM regulation in the EU; key elements are improved compliance work by industry thanks to better enforcement and dedicated database of approved substances and materials

Further reactions to EU EDC criteria adoption

Denmark and Sweden maintain that EDC criteria require too high burden of proof; France promises tougher national controls on EDCs; Endocrine Society calls on EU Parliament to ‘gather input’ from endocrine scientists

EU Member States adopt EDC criteria

EU Member States vote in favor of European Commission-proposed criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products; both industry and NGOs view adopted criteria as ‘flawed,’ call on European Parliament to veto the proposal

EFSA’s conflicts of interest analyzed

NGO Corporate Europe Observatory publishes report on EFSA’s independence policy, shows 46% of the authority’s experts have conflicts of interest

EU Parliament comments on EFSA’s independence policy

European Parliament criticizes EFSA’s draft independence policy; calls on EFSA to introduce comprehensive cooling-off period for experts, consider research funding among assessed interests, apply policy consistently to all staff

EU Commission taking action on FCMs

NGO CHEM Trust outlines European Commission’s ongoing and upcoming activities to improve regulation of food contact materials

Member States continue discussion on EDC criteria

DG SANTE publishes latest meeting minutes on revised EDC criteria; no agreement yet among Member States

Vote on EU waste management legislation

EU Parliament’s Environment Committee votes on legislative package including directive on packaging and packaging waste; European Container Glass Federation recommends equal rules and principles for all packaging materials