NGOs call for specific legislation on nanomaterials

Civil society groups release position paper on EU regulation of nanomaterials; claim REACH is not fit-for-purpose regarding nanomaterials and push for nano-specific framework legislation

P&P: Plastics track

Plastics track of Smithers Pira 2016 conference “Plastics & Paper in contact with foodstuffs” covers developments in sorting and recycling techniques, bioplastics, migration analysis, risk assessment of NIAS, and FCM packaging compliance

EU observatory for nanomaterials

ECHA and EU Commission sign agreement to establish online observatory for nanomaterials; ECHA to launch public website in summer 2017

BfR Annual Report 2015 released

Annual Report 2015 of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) includes topics relevant to food contact materials and human health, e.g. silver nanoparticles, microplastics

BfR’s research on nanomaterials

German Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) summarizes its research on health and environmental safety of nanomaterials and other novel materials; nanoparticle detection optimized in different matrices; animal-free toxicity testing implemented

Reform of Swiss nanomaterials regulation

Switzerland to introduce specific notification requirement for the nanoform of substances

Nano applications in food

EFSA-commissioned study finds nanotechnology most often used for food additives, food contact materials; nanoencapsulates, silver, titanium dioxide, silica common; increasing use of organic nanomaterials

Plastic pollution and human health

Scientists argue that plastic debris is not merely an environmental, but also a human health problem; particle toxicity, chemical toxicity, and pathogen spreading issues are discussed

EFSA: New guidance for priority topics

EFSA’s Scientific Committee identifies priority topics requiring new guidance such as interpretation of epidemiological studies, chemical mixtures, and nanotechnologies

Manufactured nanomaterials in food

French NGO Agir pour l’Environnement finds TiO2 and SiO2 nanoparticles in food products not labelled as ‘nano’; calls for moratorium on nanoparticle use in consumer goods