EDC criteria for pesticides adopted

EU Commission officially adopts revised EDC criteria for plant protection products; practical application guidance to be finalized in summer 2018; consumer organization wants EDC criteria to go ‘beyond’ biocides and pesticides

EFSA: Safety assessment of PET recycling process

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers ‘BTB PET direct IV+’-recycled PET safe for contact with all foodstuffs for long-term storage at room temperature, with or without hotfill; trays made of this recycled PET not to be used in microwave and ovens

Use of omics in risk assessment

EFSA colloquium addresses use of omics in risk assessment of biological and chemical hazards in the food chain; omics approaches promising but further improvements needed to enable broader application

BfR: 19th Meeting on consumer goods and FCMs

German Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) publishes minutes of advisory committee meeting discussing European and German legislation on FCMs, methods for the evaluation of paper and board, novel substances for food contact

Environmental risk assessment across fields

Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) hold joint symposium on environmental risk assessment, see ‘urgent need for harmonization of environmental risk assessment in different scientific fields’

ECHA to look at chemical groups

European Chemicals Agency publishes 2017 report on implementing the SVHC Roadmap; 750 substances of potential concern under scrutiny currently; structurally similar substances to be assessed as groups

EU Commission’s draft regulation on transparency in risk assessment

EU Commission proposes regulation to improve transparency and sustainability in risk assessment of food safety in the EU; feedback accepted until June 8, 2018

EFSA working group on phthalates: 2nd meeting

EFSA’s CEF Panel working group on phthalates reassesses safety of DBP, BBP and DEHP for food contact plastics; updated meeting minutes now available online

CEF Panel: 74th plenary meeting

EFSA’s CEF Panel discusses PET recycling processes and new mandates for evaluating food contact chemicals at 74th plenary meeting held March 7-8, 2018

EFSA report on evidence integration

EFSA publishes report of its colloquium on evidence integration in chemical risk assessment, held October 25-26, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal