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  • Refrigerants under threat from new PFAS proposals

    July 18, 2020

    Proposals to restrict the use of PFAS – a range of chemicals dangerous to health – could further impact the use of HFC and HFO refrigerants in Europe. ndustry groups have been alerted to a joint REACH restriction proposal by the national authorities of five...

  • Five Countries Collaborate to Inform Stakeholders on Endocrine Disruptors

    July 10, 2020

    Five EU Member States are collaborating on a website to inform stakeholders about the status of substances identified as endocrine disruptors or under evaluation for endocrine disrupting properties within the EU.National Authorities in Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Sweden are compiling information to improve...

  • EAC: Transition to independent post-Brexit chemicals body suffering from ‘fundamental issues

    July 2, 2020

    The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) of MPs has today urged the government to consider associate membership of the EU chemicals frameworks if "fundamental issues" surrounding the transition to the UK's new independent chemicals body are not ironed out. In an message sent yesterday to Environment...

  • REACH Annex II amended to Include SDS Requirements for Nanoforms

    June 27, 2020

    On June 26, 2020, the European Commission (EC) published a regulation that amends Annex II of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.  Annex II describes the requirements for compiling safety data sheets (SDS).  The EC notes that specific requirements for nanoforms of...

  • ECHA’s committees recommend restricting a subgroup of PFAS

    June 17, 2020

    The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) supported Norway’s proposal to restrict the use of perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS) to prevent it being used as a regrettable substitute for another 'forever chemical' PFOA, which will be banned from July onwards. In its June meeting, SEAC adopted its final...

  • Resorcinol not identified as a substance of very high concern

    June 16, 2020

    ECHA’s Member State Committee (MSC) did not agree to identify resorcinol as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) due to its endocrine-disrupting properties. Now, the Commission's REACH Committee will make a final decision. At its June meeting, the Member State Committee did not unanimously...

  • Committee for Risk Assessment backs restricting intentional uses of microplastics

    June 10, 2020

    ECHA’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) supports restricting the use of intentionally added microplastics while recommending more stringent criteria for biodegradable polymers. The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) agreed on its draft opinion, which will soon be available for consultation. RAC has adopted its opinion...

  • EU Member States report illegal and ineffective disinfectants

    June 5, 2020

    Several EU countries have signalled to ECHA and the European Commission that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased number of non-compliant (hand) disinfectants on the market. National enforcement authorities are taking action to protect citizens from the risks of illicit and ineffective products....

  • All petroleum REACH registrations could be affected by mixtures proposal

    May 26, 2020

    A mixtures assessment factor (MAF) of ten or higher would affect all relevant REACH registration dossiers for petroleum substances, according to oil industry trade association Concawe. Sweden and the Netherlands have asked other EU member states for feedback on the idea of implementing a MAF...

  • Five European states call for evidence on broad PFAS restriction

    May 13, 2020

    The national authorities of Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark invite interested parties to send in evidence and information on the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by 31 July 2020. The authorities of the five countries have agreed to prepare a joint...