The Council of the EU today adopted the ambitious measures proposed by the Commission to tackle marine litter coming from the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on European beaches, as well as abandoned fishing gear and oxo-degradable plastics.
The EU is cracking down on plastic pollution. The Council today adopted a directive which introduces new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products.
The formal adoption of the new rules by the Council today is the final step in the procedure.
To get a biocidal active substance approved, your application must contain an assessment of possible endocrine disrupting (ED) properties. This requirement was specified by the European Commission in the endocrine disruptor criteria for biocides, which took effect in June 2018. If you are preparing an active substance application, read our tips on how to assess if your substance is an endocrine disruptor.
JRC scientists have developed an analytical approach for the elucidation of the structure and purity of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) cyclic oligomers. This work is relevant to ensure safe food contact materials made of PBT.
The food and drink industry is the third most water-thirsty industrial manufacturing sector in Europe. It uses around 4.9 m3 of water per inhabitant per year and generates around 3 700 million m3 of waste water annually. This waste water contains organic molecules and other potentially harmful particles that could pollute the environment.
Microplastics (MPs) and possibly also nanoplastics (NPs) are widely diffused throughout the environment and concerns are growing that they may present a potential risk to the environment and human health via contamination of water, food, and air. This workshop aims to provide horizontal support to EU policies by promoting the development and harmonisation of analytical methods for the measurement of micro- and nanoplastics, which could be used in different legal frameworks.
The JRC released a guidance document on how to monitor mineral oil hydrocarbons in food and food contact materials. It covers the steps from sampling via analysis to reporting.
Following controversies surrounding the authorisation and renewal of certain sensitive products, such as active substances in plant protection products (glyphosate, neonicotinoids) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the European Commission proposed to revise the transparency rules in these policy areas. The European Parliament is expected to vote during its December plenary session on the report of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, and on a mandate to start interinstitutional negotiations.
The international Circular Change Conference provides participants, speakers and sponsors with an opportunity to connect, become engaged, inspired, and up-to-date with the latest developments in the global push towards circularity. The ambition of the 4th Circular Change Conference is to move towards “less talk, more action”.