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  • 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 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...

  • 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 the...

  • 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 by...

  • Chemical products with old labels off the shelves by 1 June 2017

    May 3, 2017

    Companies must classify, label and package their hazardous chemicals appropriately before placing them on the market. From 1 June 2017, all chemical products placed on the market have to be labelled in accordance with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation. This marks the end of...

  • South Korean business group hits out at registration costs

    April 25, 2017

    One of South Korea's largest industry associations, the Korea Employers Federation (KEF), is lobbying the government to ease K-REACH requirements over concerns the tightened regulations will damage businesses. The KEF submitted "policy recommendations" aimed at reducing the burden of K-REACH on business to several ministries – including the Ministry...

  • ECHA Board of Appeal Annuls Contested Decision Concerning Titanium Dioxide

    March 9, 2017

    On March 2, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that its Board of Appeal issued its decision in Case A-011-2014, which concerns a Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) dossier evaluation for titanium dioxide. See https://echa.europa.eu/-/board-of-appeal-decision-in-an-appeal-concerning-the-registration-requirements-for-nanoforms-published In its evaluation, ECHA considered only...

  • EU Limited in Regulating Nanoscale Chemicals, Appeals Board Rules

    March 4, 2017

    The European Chemicals Agency Board of Appeal ruled March 2 that chemical companies operating in the EU are not required to provide specific information about the nanoscale forms of their substances. The Board of Appeal annulled a 2014 European Chemicals Agency decision that required a group...