3rd Washington state webinar on PFAS alternatives assessment

U.S. state of Washington to hold next webinar on alternatives assessment for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging; discussion with stakeholders to focus on essential functions and possible over-engineering of PFAS-containing products

EU consultation on circular economy action plan

European Committee of the Regions launches stakeholder consultation to inform upcoming opinion on circular economy action plan; targets local and regional authorities and their stakeholder associations; comments due by May 1, 2020

Malaysia sets metal migration limits for ceramics

Notification to World Trade Organization (WTO) expands regulations to cover ceramic cooking ware, sets migration limits of 0.5 mg/L for lead and 0.05 mg/L for cadmium

Israel enforces lead and cadmium limits

Notification sent to World Trade Organization informs of imposing mandatory limits for lead and cadmium in glass or porcelain enameled metalware food contact materials

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

Definition and criteria for PSLT substances

Published report presents workshop outcomes; participants agree on definition for poorly soluble low toxicity (PSLT) particles, including titanium dioxide (TiO2); authors call for regulators to reassess current guidelines

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

Canada identifies four parabens for toxic substances list

Government publishes draft screening assessment of 7 parabens, identifies 4 to present danger to human health or environment at current levels of exposure; proposed risk management published; findings open for public comment until May 13, 2020

UBA: third report on compliance of REACH registrations

German Environment Agency (UBA) examines REACH registration dossiers for medium tonnage band chemicals, finds 24% are non-compliant and 31% are too complex to determine compliance, concludes that dossier improvements may be needed

South Korea amending food packaging standards

Notification submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO); notes changes planned to common manufacturing standards, allowing use of additional recycled plastic resins; comment period open until May 30, 2020