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ECHA consults on identification of 8 SVHCs

ECHA opens public consultation on proposals to identify 8 substances of very high concern; deadline for comments April 23, 2018; 5 substances relevant for food contact

Migration of nitrosamines from FCMs

Scientists develop analytical method to measure N-nitrosamines migrating from elastomeric food contact materials; 6 nitrosamines detected frequently; BfR-recommended limit exceeded for one styrene block copolymer sample

Hazardous chemicals in different materials

Swedish Chemicals Agency to map hazardous substances in rubber, silicone, paper and board, targeting chemicals of concern not yet regulated in the EU

EU assesses chemicals of potential concern

European Member States assess risk management options for BPA and other substances relevant for food contact materials

Updated Swiss FCM regulation enters into force

New Swiss food law including FCM ordinance entered into force May 1, 2017; many CMR-substances deleted from positive list for printing inks

NGOs demand action on SVHCs

European and international NGOs ask EU REACH Committee to take action on siloxanes, phthalates and nanomaterials

Swiss FCM regulation updated

Switzerland adopts new national food law; regulation on food contact materials as well as annexes covering plastic articles, silicone articles and printing inks updated

Non-target screening of silicone rubber extracts

Scientists perform non-target screening of compounds extracted from infant silicone teats; identify 140 compounds in 12 categories; more than a third of substances need safety evaluation

Health risks of ‘BPA-free’ baby bottles

Scientists evaluate health risks of migrants from ‘BPA-free’ baby bottles made of PP, PA, PES, silicone, Tritan™, stainless steel; silicone bottle, several PP bottles of ‘high concern’; Tritan™ bottle, several more PP bottles of ‘concern’

Update: Siloxanes D4 and D5 to be restricted

ECHA’s Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis agrees to restrict siloxanes D4 and D5 in personal care products

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