Monthly Archives: January 2018

Nanomaterials Remain a Safety Risk

According to the ECHA, nanomaterials remain a black box. Regulatory agencies find it difficult to check the potential hazards that arise from nanomaterials because the data required to prove their harmlessness continues to be unavailable. That’s the conclusion reached by … Continue reading

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Great Britain: Microbeads Prohibition Takes Effect

The manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products that contain microbeads is forbidden in Great Britain as of the start of this year. As of June 2018, the same regulation also prohibits their sale. Reports indicate that some 680 tons … Continue reading

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China: New Guidelines for Assessment of Environmental Exposures

At the end of November, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) issued new guidelines (Chinese only) for the assessment of environmental exposure. The guidelines describe in detail how an exposure assessment is to be created in the future. Among … Continue reading

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Endocrine Disruptors in Mascara

An initiative of the Danish Consumer Council (DCC) THINK Chemicals examined 55 different mascara products. The scientists checked the ingredients listed on the label against those on the endocrine disruptor priority list. The result? Some 32 of the products contain … Continue reading

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Singapore Bans Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins

Singapore’s National Environment Agency has informed the WTO about its prohibition of short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP). Products that contain SCCP may no longer be manufactured or used. The new law takes effect in June 2018. SCCP are used in the … Continue reading

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Decision Made on Free Access to REACH Data

The Directors’ Contact Group (DCG), which consists of representatives of the EU Commission, the ECHA and industry, rejected free access to REACH data for small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) at its meeting held on December 15. The ECHA has requested … Continue reading

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GHS Study: Implementation Gaps Around the World

Researchers from Sweden and the Netherlands have undertaken the first study of implementation of standards established by the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals around the world. In their closing report, the authors report significant gaps. According … Continue reading

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