Non-food legislation - October 2019

01 November 2019

EU UFI compliance date to be postponed to 1 January 2021
ECHA reports that the CARACAL (expert group on CLP) has agreed unanimously to the EC proposed changes to Annex VIII to CLP. The EC is now proceeding with adopting a delegated act, which will, among other things, postpone the first compliance date for harmonised reporting (UFI) to poison centres, for mixtures intended for consumer use, from 1 January 2020 to 1 January 2021.

Consultation on EU implementation plan for POPs
The EC has opened a consultation to seek input on the further development of the EU implementation plan for persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The consultation will conclude on 11 November 2019.

EU REACH compliance check target to be raised
The REACH Committee has agreed unanimously to an EC proposal amending the compliance check target of registration dossiers in REACH from 5% to 20%.

Medicine packaging
Keller and Heckman reports that the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has issued Announcement No. 56 of 2019 (in Chinese) which clarifies and simplifies the procedure and requirements for the registration of drug packaging, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and drug excipients in China. It became effective on 15 August 2019.
The EC has published version 16 of questions and answers (722 kB) on safety features for medicinal products for human use. The Health and Youth Care Inspectorate (in Dutch) has decided that the soft launch period for the implementation of the safety features (FMD) for medicines in the Netherlands would end on 1 October 2019. The Inspectorate is now starting targeted supervision.
The EC has also published an updated version of Eudralex Volume 6C (390 kB): Guideline on the packaging information of veterinary medicinal products authorised by the Union.
University of Wollongong research, published in Appetite (979 kB), looks at the impact of hospital food and beverage packaging on dietary intakes of older people.

By 1 January 2020, companies must provide more information on nanomaterials on the EU market under the REACH Regulation. ECHA encourages potential registrants to familiarise themselves with the new legal requirements and get ready. Meanwhile a study (1.62 MB) commissioned by the EU nanomaterials observatory (EUON) has found that the current EU regulatory framework for characterising and identifying “next generation” nanomaterials is able to address the majority of them and that no significant changes will be needed in the near future.

NL consultation on coffee shop experiment
The NL government (in Dutch) has opened a consultation (in Dutch) on the ministerial regulation of the closed chain coffee shop experiment. The regulation also determines which requirements the packaging of hemp and hashish must meet. The consultation closes on 12 November 2019.


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