Monthly Archives: September 2015

Silica: Companies Criticize ECHA Decision

The ECHA has defined synthetic amorphous silica (SAS) as a nanomaterial, meaning that – according to REACH – the substance must be included in the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) and revaluated. In its decision, the ECHA requires manufacturers to … Continue reading

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SVHC: Court of Justice of the European Union Contradicts the ECHA

In a clarification, the Court of Justice of the European Union has clarified that every manufacturer and importer of substances of very high concern (SVHC) must register the substances with the ECHA if the concentration of an SVHC in an … Continue reading

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How Companies Are Dealing with the Biocidal Products Regulation

Interested parties can now download the agenda, videos, and presentations of this year’s Biocides Stakeholders’ Day. Some 200 attendees from 23 countries, including experts from the ECHA, the EU Commission, and industry met in Helsinki at the beginning of September. … Continue reading

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When Is a Substance Endocrine Active?

Endocrine-active substances (EAS) are materials that negatively affect human hormonal activity. For example, the hormonal system regulates essential bodily functions like metabolism, growth, development, sleep, and mood. If these functions are disturbed, significant health problems can arise. Scientists are currently … Continue reading

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Canada: Environmental Protection Act Enhanced for Nanomaterials

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act has been enhanced with a paragraph that affects Canadian manufacturers of nanomaterials and companies that import such materials into Canada. The regulation specifies a notification obligation for 206 substances with a particle size of 1–100 … Continue reading

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Greater Chemical Safety: How It’s Done

The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell has published Advancing Safer Chemicals in Products – The Key Role of Purchasing. The report seeks to sensitize purchasers to greater chemical safety. The authors use six sample … Continue reading

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Controversy Surrounding Glyphosate

Worldwide, glyphosate is one of the most commonly used ingredients in pesticides. As is the case with all other pesticide ingredients, this substance is regularly reevaluated within the context of EU materials testing in terms of its health and environmental … Continue reading

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