Monthly Archives: July 2016

Many Substances Are Often More Dangerous Than Their CLP Classification Indicates

Two Austrian hazardous substances experts, Norbert Neuwirth and Joe Püringer, have criticized the CLP classification at the most recent meeting of Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (CARACAL) at the beginning of July. They stated that many hazardous substances were … Continue reading

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Canada Issues Guidelines for GHS Requirements

The Canadian health ministry, Health Canada, has issued the first part of a two-part Guidance. First, the document is meant to help companies implement the requirements of GHS that have been in effect since last year. Second, it serves to … Continue reading

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EU Commission Bans BPA in Thermal Paper

Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation now lists Bisphenol A (BPA), and its use in thermal paper has been banned. That’s the decision the Regulatory Committee of the EU Commission made after the French requested limiting the use of BPA … Continue reading

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EU Commission Wants to Ban 286 Substances from Textiles

The EU would like to ban carcinogenic, mutagenic, and reprotoxic (CMR) substances in textiles in the future. Members of the EU Commission, the ECHA, and various national agencies have drafted a list of 286 substances, including phthalates, flame retardants, and … Continue reading

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EU Commission Presents Criteria for Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals and Reaps Criticism

After a delay of more than two years, the EU Commission published criteria in mid-June that help unambiguously identify endocrine disruptors – substances that harm the hormonal system in humans. The criteria should help authorities decide whether or not an … Continue reading

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American Study: Bisphenol A Fosters Attention Deficit Disorders in Children

As part of a study, American researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have shown that children and adolescents with increased levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in their bodies are especially prone to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The study … Continue reading

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China: New Chemicals Law Coming in 2016

The Chinese Chemicals Regulation (Decree 591) is being revised and upgraded into law, according to Xu Lu, a manager in China’s State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) who spoke at Chemical Watch’s Shanghai Chemicals Summit at the end of June. … Continue reading

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