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  • SEAC adopts restriction proposals on four phthalates and TDFAs in sprays used by the public

    June 20, 2017

    The Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted their opinions on two restriction proposals on four phthalates (DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP) in articles and on TDFAs in sprays used by the general public. The committee also agreed on 14 draft opinions on 10 applications for...

  • REACH Authorisation List updated

    June 19, 2017

    An update to the Authorisation List of REACH (Annex XIV) has been published. 12 new substances are now subject to authorisation for being used after the sunset date. Annex XIV now contains 43 substances.  Name expand / collapseEC no.CAS no. ...

  • South Korea announces measures to ease K-REACH registration

    June 19, 2017

    On 13 June South Korea's Ministry of Environment (MoE) proposed major changes designed to ease the country's K-REACH registration process.The proposals were issued in the form of draft enforcement rules, and include amendments to Article 13 of the primary legislation.The key changes include enabling registration without submission...

  • Risk Assessment Committee opinion makes candidate list unlikely for titanium dioxide

    June 19, 2017

    Echa committee says substance is category 2 carcinogenAn Echa science committee's opinion on the carcinogenicity of titanium dioxide has made it unlikely the substance will ever be added to the REACH candidate list.Nevertheless, the opinion of the Risk Assessment Committee (Rac) has disappointed industry.France proposed...

  • Member State Committee unanimously agrees that Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor

    June 16, 2017

     The Member State Committee (MSC) supported the French proposal to additionally identify Bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern because of its endocrine disrupting properties which cause probable serious effects to human health. The committee also agreed to identify the substance PFHxS as...

  • EU observatory for nanomaterials launched

    June 14, 2017

    ECHA publishes a new website that gives citizens, workers and professionals access to information on nanomaterials on the EU market in 23 languages. It is the first phase of the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON).The EUON offers a unique web-based information point with...

  • Dancet accepts ‘significant’ number of REACH dossiers ‘leave a lot to be desired’

    June 8, 2017

    Echa head praises ’courage’ of member states and Commission in nominating substances for restriction or authorisationEcha executive director Geert Dancet says he agrees with NGOs that a ‘significant proportion’ of REACH registration dossiers "leave a lot to be desired" – and that responsibility for this...

  • Alternatives to animal testing widely used

    June 1, 2017

    ECHA’s report on the use of alternatives to animal testing shows that registrants have used alternatives for at least one endpoint in 89 % of the substances analysed. However, industry needs to improve the quality and robustness of alternative data.ECHA’s third report on the use...

  • South Korea to permit alternatives to test reports for registration

    May 19, 2017

    Qualifying scientific literature, toxicity databases and assessment reports can be acceptable The National Institute of Environmental Research (Nier) has produced guidelines for acceptable alternative data that can be submitted in place of test reports produced by a qualified testing laboratory (GLP) or robust study summaries (RSSs).Nier...

  • OECD aims to extend acceptance of non-animal test data

    May 16, 2017

    The OECD has launched a project to create a system for interpreting data, in an effort to extend use of non-animal testing through the mutual acceptance of data (MAD) scheme.MAD can rarely be applied to non-standalone alternative test data because of complex relationships between test...