Revised EU waste legislation published

EU publishes new waste directive; entry into force 20 days after publication; industry newly required to notify SVHC presence in articles

Review on mineral oil hydrocarbons in food

Scientific review summarizes publications on mineral oil hydrocarbons in food until 2010, calls for systematic investigation of contamination sources, matching TDI levels for contamination and industrial applications

ChemSec: Actions after REACH review?

International Chemical Secretariat criticizes action points outlined by EU Commission following its latest REACH review, laments lack of measurable actions, failure to address industry-caused delays and non-compliance

ECHA and Cefic to work on REACH implementation

European Chemicals Agency and European Chemical Industry Council cooperate on ‘effective implementation of REACH’; Cefic director calls for making REACH compliance a ‘global brand’

Recommendations for non-toxic environment

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) calls on EU Commission to release strategy for non-toxic environment, recommends 12 priority actions

11th amendment to EU plastic FCM regulation

EU Commission publishes 11th amendment to plastic FCM regulation, authorizes 2 new food contact substances, changes specific migration limits for 2 existing Union List substances

REACH: Thousands of substances likely ‘missing’

EU trade body UEAPME concerned about discrepancies between predicted and actual registrations by latest REACH deadline; thousands of EU-marketed substances with volumes between 1 and 100 tons potentially unregistered still

Endocrine Society criticizes EU’s EDC strategy

Endocrine Society deems EU’s EDC criteria insufficient to protect public health, EDC guidance too restrictive, calls for extending EDC strategy to cover more product groups, including FCMs, and to protect most vulnerable populations, such as fetuses, children, adolescents

EDC guidance document published

EFSA and ECHA release pre-publication version of guidance for implementation of criteria to identify endocrine disruptors; guidance applies to biocides from June 7, 2018 and to pesticides from November 10, 2018

UN: ‘Beat plastic pollution’

New report by UN Environment reviews global state of plastic pollution and counteracting measures, provides policy recommendations to reduce single-use plastics and improve waste management