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

ChemSec webinar reviews EDCs and mixture toxicity

Recording features presentations from Leonardo Trasande on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and threshold values, from Christina Rudén on efficiently addressing chemical mixtures

Upcoming webinars on chemicals, aging and disease

Collaborative on Health and the Environment to host webinars on phthalate exposure and aging, chemical mixtures and cancer; US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to host series of webinars on time lags between exposures and disease onset

EU discusses application of mixture assessment factor

Swedish and Dutch governments hold workshop investigating application of a mixture assessment factor for risk assessment under REACH legislation; ask EU member states for feedback, best procedure for way forward

Swedish report on future chemical management

Ministry of Environment report investigates improving management of hazardous chemicals by group, consideration of mixture toxicity in risk assessment; provides 11 recommendations for regulators; public comments accepted until May 29, 2020

Scientific consensus statement on food contact chemicals and human health

Group of 33 international scientists publish peer-reviewed statement identifying seven specific areas for improvement, urge decision makers to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals present in food packaging and other contact food contact materials

EFSA report: Human risk assessment for combined exposure

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) publishes technical report outlining low tier risk assessment methodology for multiple regulated compounds with non-cancer effects; implements EFSA’s MIXTOX guidance document

EuroMix Project webinar series

Horizon 2020 research project on mixture risk assessment to hold series of five webinars; will provide understanding of the approach developed and demonstrate use of the published toolbox

EDC-MixRisk and EuroMix stakeholder workshop

Two EU funded research projects investigating chemical mixtures hold joint stakeholder workshop to present results, call for better consideration of mixtures in regulatory risk assessment and provide open-source tools for future research