Monthly Archives: October 2016

Australia: New Chemicals Law in the Home Stretch

Australia is in the process of overhauling its chemicals law. A final draft is in the hands of the responsible agency, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), which is to submit the draft to parliament on November … Continue reading

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U.S. EPA Focuses on Five Harmful Substances

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to fast-track a risk evaluation for five PBT substances. The substances include decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE) and hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD), both of which are considered Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and listed on the … Continue reading

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REACH Regulation: 12 Substances Added to Annex XIV

In December, representatives of the member states of the EU will vote on adding 12 substances to Annex XIV. The member states already have drafts for the revised Regulation and the Annex. The new Annex classifies 8 of the 12 … Continue reading

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Cosmetics Regulation Conflicts with the CLP Regulation

Substances that the CLP Regulation classifies as carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reprotoxic (CMR) may, under certain conditions, still be contained in cosmetics. The EU Commission made that decision at the most recent meeting of the working group for cosmetics. The crux … Continue reading

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ECHA Publishes List of Lead Registrants

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a list containing the names of lead registrants on its Web site. The leaders of the ECHA want to make it easier for potential registrants to contact the representatives of companies that are … Continue reading

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Poison Information Centers: EU Harmonizes Product-Notification and Transfer Formats

According to Article 45 of the CLP Regulation, manufacturers, market launchers, and distributors must notify the appropriate national agencies of the formulations and contents of hazardous chemical mixtures, including laundry and cleaning supplies. They must also provide the data to … Continue reading

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Swedish Environmental Agency Finds Banned Substances in Plastic Products

During a random check, authorities at the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) found long-forbidden substances in common household products. They examined 160 plastic articles, including bathing and gardening supplies, work gloves, bags, and sporting goods. Some 38 articles contained phthalates, lead, … Continue reading

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