U.K. committee report on toxic chemicals

Parliamentary committee report calls for greater transparency of chemicals used in food packaging, recommends U.K.-wide ban on SVHCs in food contact materials, proposes government strategy to reduce PFAS exposure

Communicating and reducing SVHC use

EU project survey finds half of companies do not have ready information to respond to consumer requests about substances of very high concern (SVHCs); Swedish Chemicals Agency develops app to improve SVHC communication; Danish report finds current legislation has reduced SVHC use in Nordic countries

Over 200 substances now on SVHC list

European Chemicals Agency adds 4 new entries on the list of substances of very high concern (SVHC); substances potentially relevant for food contact materials

EU court confirms BPA as SVHC

General Court of the European Union upholds bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern, ruling follows complaint by Plastics Europe regarding consideration of information on intermediate uses

EU identifies four phthalates as endocrine disrupting

European Chemicals Agency identifies phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP as having endocrine disrupting properties; these substances already placed on Authorization List for being toxic to reproduction

EU conference on chemicals policy 2030

European Commission hosts multi-stakeholder conference on chemicals policy; discusses setting criteria for green and sustainable chemistry, chemicals in the circular economy, and fair competition from foreign manufacturers

China calls for data on 24 substances

Chinese ministry requests data on physical-chemical properties, toxicity, production & use, environmental exposure for set of chemicals; 17 are used in food contact materials; feedback open until August 31, 2019

Royal DSM to phase out NMP

Health and materials company plans to phase out N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) from coating resins by July 2020, promotes solvent-free waterborne resins

Consultation opens for REACH authorizations

EU Commission opens public consultation on 12 substances proposed for addition to REACH Annex XIV authorization list, including 6 FCM-relevant substances; regulation set to be adopted in October 2019

Lack of information on chemicals

European and U.S. regulatory leaders concerned about the general public’s poor view and awareness of chemicals, call for the collection of more information