Monthly Archives: November 2017

Denmark Cancels Tax on PVC and Products Containing Phthalates

At the start of 2019, the Danish government will no longer collect taxes for products that contain PVC and phthalates – binders, gloves, aprons, rainwear, and other protective clothing. Officials state that the tax, which was enacted in 2000, has … Continue reading

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ECHA Finds Forbidden Substances in Toys

A project of the ECHA Enforcement Forum for REACH has inspected 5,600 products, among them almost 500 toys, from 29 countries. The result? Every fifth toy contains forbidden substances like DEHP, DBP, and BBP. Some 12% of the jewelry inspected … Continue reading

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Online Retailers Violate Labeling Obligations

As part of random sampling control, the Norwegian Environment Agency found that 11 of 15 online retailers did not make the legally required disclosures when their products contained hazardous chemicals. In a press release (available only in Norwegian), the director, … Continue reading

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Taiwan Modifies Its Chemicals Law

At the beginning of November, the Executive Yuan of the Republic of China (Taiwan) approved a package of modifications to the Taiwanese chemicals law, Toxic Chemical Substance Control Act. The new draft will not be submitted to the legislature. According … Continue reading

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U. S. Study: Disinfectants Cause Breathing Problems Among Cleaning Personnel

A recent study conducted by U.S. scientists, supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and led by Brie Hawley has found that cleaning products and disinfectants containing hydrogen peroxide, peracetic acid, and acetic acid even in … Continue reading

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U.S. Commission Bans Phthalates in Toys

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has banned the use in toys of five phthalates. The rule was issued on October 18, 2017 and takes effect on April 25, 2018. The banned substances include: Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) Di-n-pentyl phthalate … Continue reading

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ECHA Publishes 2018-20 CoRAP List

The ECHA has added 16 new candidates to the community rolling action plan (CoRAP) list. Half of them are substances with potential endocrine-disrupting effects. The list currently contains 107 substances. The CoRAP lists all substances that must be evaluated as … Continue reading

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