CLARITY-BPA update

U.S. National Toxicology Program publishes final report on CLARITY-BPA core study and releases primary data from academic studies; joint report integrating findings from both research lines expected in fall 2019

WHO report on circular economy and health

World Health Organization publishes report on opportunities and risks to human health posed by circular economy; chemicals in food packaging identified as one ‘source of potential health implications’

Prioritization of chemicals associated with plastic packaging

Phthalates in plastic packaging prioritized for further assessment of their impact on human health and the environment

EFSA BPA reevaluation: 1st meeting

EFSA’s CEP Panel Working Group on BPA safety reevaluation holds 1st meeting; minutes available online

EFSA conference 2018: Human health

Presentations at EFSA conference 2018 address advances and challenges in human health risk assessment; NTP official confirms that there will be a third CLARITY-BPA report integrating academic and regulatory studies

EFSA conference 2018: Values in risk assessment

Opening session at EFSA conference 2018 addresses recognition and management of values in risk assessment and decision making, discusses factors important for fit-for-purpose risk assessment

Human health impacts of dietary BPA exposure

Scientists review sources and levels of dietary exposure to bisphenol A, discuss health risks in exposed populations, call for targeted risk assessments in sensitive populations such as pregnant women and children

Mechanistic data in hazard assessment

Academic and industry scientists debate whether use of mechanistic data in regulatory hazard assessment of chemicals should be decisive or supportive only, discuss study selection process for systematic reviews

2019 ILSI NA workshop on FCMs

ILSI North America hosts international conference on scientific advances and challenges in safety evaluation of food packaging materials, April 2-3, 2019; deadline for submitting abstracts is September 14, 2018; registration now open

EFSA: Update on BPA reassessment

New working group of EFSA’s CEP Panel to commence evaluation of BPA hazard studies in September 2018; finalization of new BPA hazard assessment foreseen for 2020