KFT Goes to Hollywood

People say that a picture says a thousand words. How much more do movies say? But how can a film cover the complex topic of regulatory chemical compliance? And how could anyone develop a meaningful plot based on it?

Regulatory chemical compliance appeals to our desire for safety and security, so it also deals with trust. Customers and users want trustworthiness and transparency. They want to be sure that a product actually contains what the label indicates and that the label indicates what a product actually contains– and they want to do both seamlessly. Those who take that to heart will have fans on their side. In short: Brands that want to be seen as likeable and reputable should at least do what the law requires.

But enough with the words: Let the pictures speak!

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Taiwan Modifies Its Chemicals Law

At the beginning of November, the Executive Yuan of the Republic of China (Taiwan) approved a package of modifications to the Taiwanese chemicals law, Toxic Chemical Substance Control Act. The new draft will not be submitted to the legislature.

According to Premier Lin Chuan, the measures should help Taiwan align its chemicals law with the United Nation’s framework agreement for a global chemicals strategy, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

The current changes to the law now also take substances of concern into account. The regulation places them into Class IV to avoid their spread into the environment. The shift in focus – from regulation to inspection and control – is evident in the new name of the law, which will now be known as the Toxic and Chemical Substances of Concern Control Act.

The measure taken with the law is part of a reform program (five rings of food safety) that the Taiwanese government wants to use to reestablish public trust in agricultural products.

Do you operate in the Taiwanese market? If so, please contact us at any time at reach@kft.de.

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U. S. Study: Disinfectants Cause Breathing Problems Among Cleaning Personnel

A recent study conducted by U.S. scientists, supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and led by Brie Hawley has found that cleaning products and disinfectants containing hydrogen peroxide, peracetic acid, and acetic acid even in low concentrations can lead to eye and respiratory irritations. Their research examined cleaning personnel in a hospital and discovered chronic health problems among the staff. A new cleaning product had been introduced at the hospital 16 months earlier.

Hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid are strong oxidizing agents that are often used to sterilize instruments in operating rooms. For some time, it has been known that long-term exposure to both compounds can cause asthma. However, their effects on users in hospitals had not been studied enough previously. Particularly in hospitals, effective and reliable disinfectants are needed to avoid the spread of germs. As a result, the use of such products is a balancing act. The germs must be killed, but the staff needs adequate protection.

Ensure the legal security of your products. Consider our seminar, The New European Biocide Law (German only). If you have any questions, please contact us at biocides@kft.de.

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U.S. Commission Bans Phthalates in Toys

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has banned the use in toys of five phthalates. The rule was issued on October 18, 2017 and takes effect on April 25, 2018.

The banned substances include:

  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
  • Di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP or DPENP)
  • Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DnHP or DHEXP)
  • Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)
  • Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)

Various governmental agencies are responsible for product safety in the United States. Whenever congress approves a law, an agency, the CPSC in this case, issues the corresponding regulations. The CPSC also regulates the import of various consumer goods, including toys, tools, and household chemicals.

Please note that specific safety standards (German only) apply to toys. For a summary of the import regulations for the United States, see the information sheet on the import of commercial goods (German only) issued by Germany Trade and Invest – Gesellschaft für Außenwirtschaft und Standortmarketing mbH (GTAI). You can download the document after prior registration.

Do you want to be sure you’re on the safe side when doing business in the United States? Whether you work with dangerous good, cosmetics, or other product, we ‘re here to support you. Contact us at reach@kft.de.

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ECHA Publishes 2018-20 CoRAP List

The ECHA has added 16 new candidates to the community rolling action plan (CoRAP) list. Half of them are substances with potential endocrine-disrupting effects. The list currently contains 107 substances.

The CoRAP lists all substances that must be evaluated as part of REACH. It states why the substance is to be evaluated, when the evaluation is to take place, and which country is responsible for the evaluation. Spain and Belgium have each taken responsibility to evaluate one of the newly added substances. Germany and Italy will each evaluate three; Sweden and France will each evaluate four. Some 26 substances will be evaluated next year, 37 in 2019, and 44 in 2020. The list includes Great Britain as a country that is to take responsibility for evaluations. But if the ongoing Brexit negotiations do not come to a consensual agreement, responsibility for ongoing evaluations would have to be redistributed.

The list is especially useful because it contains the results of substance evaluations performed by and decisions made by the member states of the EU. It also indicates if the substance is more likely to be found in REACH Annex XIV (list of all substances that require registration) or in REACH Annex XVII (list of prohibited or restricted substances).

KFT is regularly involved in evaluation processes. Do you market substances on the list? Please contact us at reach@kft.de.


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REACH 2018: German Chemical Industry Association Publishes Checklist

The German Chemical Industry Association (Verband der Chemischen Industrie, VCI) is advising companies to ensure the availability of chemical substances and to check the status of the registration of the substances to enable any necessary precautionary measures.

The VCI has issued a checklist (in German only) to help companies. The association urges companies to find out which substances have already been registered. That information is available in an ECHA database. The ECHA list of leading registrants also provides information on planned registrations.

If you have any questions about substance registration, please contact us at reach@kft.de.

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UN Issues Updated Model Recommendations for the Transport of Dangerous Goods

The UN revised its model recommendations for the transport of dangerous goods for the twentieth time and made them available for download. The document serves as a foundation for governments and international organizations that are responsible for the safety of transportation of dangerous goods to develop their own rules for the such transport on various means of transportation.

The first edition appeared in 1956. The recommendations cover the classification and packaging of dangerous goods among other topics. For example, they include a sample danger label. Dangerous goods are also listed with their UN numbers. The recommendations also specify testing procedures and transport documents.

The recommendations are usually updated every two years so that the UN can encourage globally uniform standards. That’s the only way to avoid as much red tape as possible and simplify movements from one carrier to another – such as the transshipment of a ship container from China onto railroad cars in Germany.

The differences between the current version and the previous version are also available here.

Companies that ship dangerous goods within Germany must follow the requirements of §3 of the German Dangerous Goods Advisor Ordinance (GbV) (German only) and appoint a safety advisor for the transport of dangerous goods. KFT offers its clients this service as an external safety advisor. If you’re interested in this service, please contact us at gefahrgut@kft.de for more information.

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California Approves Model Law on Cleaning Products

On October 15, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that requires manufacturers of cleaning projects to list all ingredients on the label and online. Only substances considered confidential business information are exempt from the requirement.

The Cleaning Products Right to Know Act (SB258) is the result of tough negotiations between industry and consumer organizations. According to the Los Angeles Times, the law was revised a dozen times this year. Politicians, industrialists, and stakeholders from organizations are praising the law as a model for the entire United States. For example, California state senator Ricardo Lara states that the law creates clarity for consumers and those who must work with the products every day. Lara, whose mother suffered from the results of exposure to harmful cleaning products, worked passionately for passage of the law.

The law sets clear goals for companies: Ingredients must be listed online no later than January 1, 2020. Listing ingredients on packaging is required as of January 1, 2021. The transition period gives companies time to replace suspicious substances with safe ones.

Ensure the safety of your products as soon as you can. We are happy to provide support at reach@kft.de.

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