Volume 48, Number 9

September 2009


OECD – ‘draft final’ SIARs
Initial report of 71st JECFA meeting…
…and monographs on veterinary drugs from JECFA’s 70th gathering
Transgenic rodent mutation assays get OECD scrutiny
WHO/IPCS Harmonized Scheme for Mutagenicity Testing
Genotoxic mechanisms – ILSI committee tries to spot the difference


Lazing on a sunny afternoon? Catch up with your REACH reading!
…Annex XV transitional reports
…Voluntary risk assessment reports on lead and copper compounds
…Hydrogenated oligomerisation products of tetradec-1-ene and alkene – reprotoxic data
…Draft updated guidance document on requirements for substances in articles
…Number of SIEFs grows – must be the summer sun and showers
…IUCLID 5 upgrade
Proposal for EU Regulation on biocides
Draft biocide evaluations available from EC Environment
EFSA conclusions on more plant protection products
Draft assessment reports on pesticides published by EFSA
SCCP considers 2-hydroxyethylamino-5-nitroanisole
EFSA evaluations of food-contact materials
A (shell)fishy problem – EFSA reviews domoic acid (DA) and its isomers
EFSA gives a thumbs down to orotic acid salts in food supplements
Group flavouring evaluations from EFSA


Environment Agency reports on soil contaminants – cadmium and phenol
COC considers BST, iron and OECD guidance document at July meeting
IGHRC and COC tackle risk assessment of chemical cocktails and genotoxic carcinogens


Recent ATSDR activity includes release of draft toxicological profile for perfluoroalkyls
Nanoscale titanium dioxide subjected to EPA scrutiny
EPA National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for nitrogen and sulphur dioxides
OEHHA public health goal (PHG) for antimony in drinking water (don’t try this at home!)
111th meeting of Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel – all good things come in pairs?
Iodomethane – study package to support EPA registration
Pesticide tolerance exemption petition filed with EPA for tea tree oil
Several more pesticide tolerance announcements from EPA
Advantame – industry seeks sweet FDA view
FDA GRAS status of five food ingredients
Validation status of alternative methods for testing eye irritants – ICCVAM report


NICNAS reports on methyldibromo glutaronitrile and alkylamines
RIVM – maximum permissible risk (MPR) levels for various chemicals
AIST assesses health risks of 1,4-dioxane
Perfluorinated chemicals and reduced fertility
Study reports no carcinogenic potential for multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT)
Dutch Committee considers reproductive toxicity of ascorbic acid 

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