Volume 47, Number 11

November 2008

PART I: WORLD NEWS


INTERNATIONAL

JMPR pesticide residues
Further updates of OECD Guidelines for testing chemicals


EUROPEAN UNION

More activity within REACH
…Exemptions under Annexes IV and V of REACH Regulation
…ECHA provides new web section for information on chemicals
…First 15 SVHC (no, it’s not a new rugby team)
…ECHA plea for reflection on pre-registrations
…Recommended ECHA approach for pre-registration of certain substances
…ECHA provides help with inquiry dossiers
…More questions answered by ECHA
…Updated ECHA guidance on registration
…ECHA provides slide show for autumn evenings
EU pronounces itself as a forerunner in the uptake of GHS
Risk assessment reports (RARs) evaluated by SCHER
SCCP deliberation on 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC)
Biocide evaluations available from EC Environment
Feed additives – EFSA issues guidance documents
EFSA evaluations of food-contact materials
Acrylamide carcinogenicity – EFSA colloquium report
EFSA flavouring evaluations
Coumarin in food flavourings reviewed by EFSA
EFSA assesses calcium sulphate…
…and two vitamin B12 sources for use in food supplements
Health claim for docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid rejected by EFSA
EFSA fishing for data on azaspiracids
ECETOC Workshop Reports on reproductive toxicity testing and ‘omic’ technologies

UNITED KINGDOM

Compendium of Chemical Hazards – series expanded by Health Protection Agency
COM October deliberations
COT discusses glucosamine and the liver
ACNFP draft opinion on Lentinex®
COT draft Statements on the brittle subject of peanut avoidance…
…and on metals and other elements in food


UNITED STATES

Final EPA toxicological review and accompanying IRIS summary for propionaldehyde
NTP RoC – background carcinogenicity documents on styrene and cobalt-tungsten carbide
More nominations for inclusion in the National Toxicology Program
ATSDR finalises Toxicological Profile for perchlorates
Industry submission to EPA’s HPV Program for aluminium alkoxides
EPA finalises Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) on sulphur oxides
Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel announcements from 108th meeting
OEHHA revisits public health goal (PHG) for endrin in drinking water
Tolerance exemption petition filed with EPA for alkyl phenoxybenzenedisulphonates
Pesticide tolerances and tolerance exemptions granted by EPA
EPA issues Reregistration Eligibility Decision for glutaraldehyde
Pesticide Registration Reviews for azadirachtin and biobor released by EPA
EPA BRAD for straight chain lepidopteran pheromones (SCLP)
FDA finalises food labelling health claim for calcium, vitamin D and osteoporosis
Workshop considers low-dose extrapolation models for human health risk assessment
EPA finalises child-specific exposure factors handbook


OTHER AUTHORITATIVE BODIES

RIVM considers exposure-based testing strategies under REACH
Full Public Reports on new chemicals issued by NICNAS
NICNAS report on triclosan
APVMA assessment of ethoxysulfuron
FSANZ reports on isinglass and erythrosine
Allergens in consumer products – RIVM considers risks
RIVM verdict on an in vitro developmental toxicity test

 

PART II: SHORT CUTS

Glycol ethers and male infertility
Reproductive toxicity of 4-methylbenzoic acid tested in rats
Genotoxic activity of cobalt nanoparticles – does size matter?
Maternal exposure to PCBs and offspring intelligence
Carbofuran genotoxicity
Genotoxicity demonstrated for cyfluthrin
Uronium coupling agents and hypersensitivity
Rash response to phytantriol
Further insights into carcinogenicity of 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD)
Piperine…for the more discerning rat
Rats tickled pink with astaxanthin supplement in 90-day study
Diacylglycerol (DAG) oil tested for reproductive toxicity
Oligofructose passes muster in safety assessments
Serum calcium and prostate cancer

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