• 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…

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

    June 19, 2017

    Echa committee says substance is category 2 carcinogen An 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….

  • 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…

  • 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 authorisation Echa 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Parliament demands urgent clarity on UK chemicals regulation post-Brexit

    May 16, 2017

    An inquiry by Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee concludes that the government must develop a post-Brexit plan for UK chemicals regulation without delay. Urgent action is required by government to provide clarity on the UK’s plans for chemicals regulation after Brexit, according to a report by…

  • South Korean officials visit Europe to discuss data sharing

    May 16, 2017

    EU consortia and Korean environment ministry meet to address challenges Officials from South Korea’s Ministry of Environment have met with EU companies to discuss some of the difficulties which have emerged over data sharing with South Korean companies.Meeting in the fringes of a workshop, organised…