Alternatives to animal testing: the ways forward

Every year, the EPAA publishes a report about what has been done in the field of the 3Rs: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal testing. Despite the odds, 2020 was no exception and the new report presents especially important news as the EPAA prepared the new Action Programme for the

Surgical masks: Belgium lifts exceptional measures

The Belgian Competent Authority concluded that the situation on the market has improved, and the exceptional measures, based on the European Commission Recommendation 2020/403, are no longer needed when it comes to surgical masks. From February 1, 2021, it will be no longer possible to place surgical masks on

Sustainable products, environmental labels, ‘’right to repair’’?

The European Parliament’s (EP) own-initiative Report Towards a more sustainable single market for business and consumers (2020), based on the European Commission’s European Green Deal aims at transforming production and consumption of products on the EU market, in order for them to become more durable, resilient and eco-friendly.

France: first Member State to publish detailed information on marketed tobacco products

ANSES, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, brings off an unprecedented assessment of the types and composition of tobacco and vaping products sold on the French market under the new European regulatory framework. The overview tracks down inconsistencies and non-conformities in the data reported by the

Rapid Antigen Tests use across Europe: the EU Commission’s Recommendation

On November 18, 2020, the European Commission (EC) published a Recommendation on the use of rapid antigen tests for the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection. This was necessary because the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections continues to rise, and consequently, tests demand increases as well: as a result, Member States’ health systems

Interview with Mr. Gideon Elkayam - The Obelis Group Founder & CEO

We have recently sat down with Gideon Elkayam, Founder & CEO at Obelis Group, to reflect on the results of the past year and the achievements of the company. We've had the pleasure to hear from him some personal insights and stories that are part of the history of the

Nanomaterials in Cosmetics: Tiny Pieces (of Concern)

On October 5, 2020, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published the Scientific Advice on the safety of nanomaterials in cosmetics, shedding some light on this rather obscure aspect of the cosmetic industry. Why obscure? As the SCCS identifies, because of the novelty of the practice of incorporating nanomaterials

Central traceability system & implant cards mandatory as of May 2021

As of May 1, 2021, notification of the insertion and removal of implantable devices will become mandatory in Belgium for stents, mechanical cardiac and ophthalmological implants, as well as some other implants included in Annex to the Royal Decree, while the list of devices might be extended. The Central Traceability