Monthly Archives: September 2017

China Significantly Simplifies Notification and Registration of New Substances

The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) of the People’s Republic of China has defined Guidance for New Chemical Substance Notification and Registration (in Chinese only). The definition is valid as of October 15, 2017. Registration of substances in a quantity … Continue reading

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EU: Criteria for Endocrine Disruptors Also Apply to Biocides

On September 4, the EU Commission accepted scientific criteria to determine endocrine disruptors for biocides. The EU has published a press release that contains several useful links. The EU Parliament and Council now have two months to study the planned … Continue reading

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EU Commission Modifies Cosmetics Regulation

The EU Commission has published amendments to the Cosmetics Regulation and banned the use of three fragrances (3 and 4-(4-hydroxy-4-methylpentyl) cyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (HICC), atranol, and chloratranol) in cosmetics. As early as 2012, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) had indicated … Continue reading

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ECHA Publishes Updated Guidance for Substances in Articles

The ECHA has published version 4.0 of its Guidance on requirements for substances in articles as a response to a decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in September 2015. At that time, the court decided that the information … Continue reading

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GHS: The Ultimate Overview

In July, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) published an updated edition of GHS Guidelines. The compendium is updated every two years. It is an instrument designed to help the international community of nations advance harmonization of the … Continue reading

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Industry Taking Requirements to Update REACH Dossiers Lightly

ECHA director Geert Dancet has criticized companies that do not meet their obligations to update REACH dossiers at all, or that do so inadequately. Such companies, he says, misunderstand Article 22 of REACH. Dancet made his comments in July during … Continue reading

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In the United States, Maine Bans Flame Retardants in Furniture Upholstery

At the beginning of August, the state of Maine issued a Law („An Act To Protect Firefighters by Establishing a Prohibition on the Sale and Distribution of New Upholstered Furniture Containing Certain Flame-retardant Chemicals, LD182) that prohibits the sale of … Continue reading

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