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Refrigerants under threat from new PFAS proposals

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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...

Five Countries Collaborate to Inform Stakeholders on Endocrine Disruptors

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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...

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

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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...

REACH Annex II amended to Include SDS Requirements for Nanoforms

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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...

ECHA’s committees recommend restricting a subgroup of PFAS

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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...

Resorcinol not identified as a substance of very high concern

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 for Risk Assessment backs restricting intentional uses of microplastics

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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...

EU Member States report illegal and ineffective disinfectants

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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...

All petroleum REACH registrations could be affected by mixtures proposal

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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...

Five European states call for evidence on broad PFAS restriction

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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...

Cefic suggests fast-tracking some EU registrations

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Cefic has suggested the idea of fast-tracking certain types of EU registrations of chemicals to meet urgent demand during the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.Cefic product stewardship executive director Sylvie Lemoine praised the European Commission and Echa for engaging "swiftly and constructively"...

Covid-19: ECHA and industry respond to disinfectant shortages

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Commission have announced plans to help EU member states and industry to address disinfectant shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has recently become a critical issue in many EU markets.“It is...

ECHA to support EU-wide action against COVID-19

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]ECHA will, together with the European Commission, support Member States and industry in addressing disinfectant shortages. The Agency will also extend some of its deadlines to help chemicals companies.ECHA is taking measures to support EU action to fight the...

New substance evaluation conclusion published

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]A new substance evaluation conclusion document is now available on ECHA’s website for:Phenol, dodecyl-, branched (EC 310-154-3; CAS 121158-58-5), added to the CoRAP list in 2018 and evaluated by Germany; Quaternary ammonium compounds, di-C16-18-alkyldimethyl, chlorides (EC 295-835-2; CAS 92129-33-4),...

ECHA’s committees conclude on five restrictions

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its opinion on the restriction proposal for siloxanes (D4, D5, D6) in personal care products while the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) adopted its opinion, among others, on skin sensitising substances used in...