Monthly Archives: December 2015

Taiwan Adapts GHS Standards

The Taiwanese Ministry of Labor has issued technical guidelines (in Chinese). The guidelines are intended for companies that produce or deal with dangerous substances in any way. The guidelines should enable such companies to comply with the national standard for … Continue reading

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Titanium Dioxide Suspected of Carcinogenicity

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) plans to recommend including Titanium dioxide in a harmonized classification in hazard class carcinogenicity, category 1B. With the classification, the substance would fulfill a decisive criterion for inclusion … Continue reading

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EPA Makes Exposure Data Available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) operates a portal (Chemical Safety for Sustainability (iCSS) Dashboard) that offers users valuable information on chemicals. The portal has been expanded significantly and now contains data on some 8,000 chemicals. In the portal, users … Continue reading

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EU Pleads for a Circular Economy

The EU Commission presented an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy in all EU member states at the beginning of December. Nontoxic recycling is an important goal of the plan. Representatives of nongovernmental agencies like the European Environmental Bureau … Continue reading

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IUCLID 6 On the Way

IUCLID 6 will replace IUCLID 5 in mid-2016. Representatives of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) introduced what the replacement means for users. New items include fields with data on the substance profile and … Continue reading

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Limits for Preservatives in Toys

The EU Commission has published three changes to the toy safety Directive. The changes define limits for the following substances: Formamide: 20 μg/m3 (emission limit) after a maximum of 28 days from the start of the emission tests for foam … Continue reading

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Importers: Take Notice

Anyone who wants to import chemicals or chemical mixtures into the European Union as of June 2018 must register the substances with the ECHA whenever the quantity involved exceeds one ton. Uncertainty sometimes exists about imported articles. It’s true that … Continue reading

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