Volume 48, Number 12

December 2009


INTERNATIONAL

IARC verdicts on lifestyle factors
JMPR pesticides report

EUROPEAN UNION

New sights within REACH
…Updated ECHA guidance on registration
…Draft guidance documents for consultation
…Chemical safety assessments made simple
…ECETOC advice on using human data for setting DNELs and DMELs
…Amended format for an Annex XV restriction report
…ECHA introduces web zone on restrictions
…First appeal against a dismissed registration
More proposals for harmonised Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP)
Nanomaterials, a big problem for regulators?
Biocide evaluation available from EC Environment – difenacoum
EFSA conclusions on more plant protection products
Draft assessment reports (DARs) on pesticides published by EFSA
EFSA evaluations of food-contact materials
Salts in food-contact materials evaluated by EFSA
Arsenic in food – EFSA assesses human health risks
No EFSA U-turn on ADI (acceptable daily intake) for ethyl lauroyl arginate
EFSA keeps debate open on folic acid fortification of foods
Ironic flavouring evaluations from EFSA
Draft EFSA guidance on application requirements for flavouring evaluations
Risk assessment of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) in Europe
Testing chemicals for cardiac sensitisation – ECETOC gets to heart of matter
Biological significance of DNA adducts – conclusions from ECETOC workshop
Alternatives to animal testing – report on EC-funded studies

UNITED KINGDOM

COC November deliberations
COT considers methylglyoxal and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)
Folic acid fortification of food and colorectal cancer risk – SACN evaluates data

UNITED STATES

IRIS draft toxicological review issued by EPA for trichloroethylene (TCE)
ATSDR draft profiles for acrylamide, 1,3 butadiene, carbon monoxide, phosphate ester flame retardants and vanadium
More chemicals zoom under NTP radar
NTP CERHR reassesses soy formula and human development
FDA GRAS status for several food ingredients


REST OF THE WORLD

DECOS considers HBROEL for aluminium and aluminium compounds
Toddling with chemicals – Danish EPA considers health implications
NICNAS – Full Public Reports on three chemicals
Danish EPA report on dermal absorption of pesticides
Drug contamination with ethyl methanesulphonate (EMS)
RIVM – less doubt on uncertainty factors for dietary exposure estimates?

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