Monthly Archives: February 2018

EU Gets Serious About Flame Retardants

The EU Commission has forbidden the export of four brominated flame retardants and three additional substances. The chemicals have been added to Part 1, Annex V of the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation. The regulation takes effect on April 1, … Continue reading

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Sweden and Scotland Ban Microbeads

Sweden has forbidden the sale of toothpastes, hair shampoos, hair conditioners, body peelings, and shower gels (rinse-off cosmetics), that contain microbeads. The prohibition takes effect on July 1, 2018. Dealers who obtain such products before that date may continue to … Continue reading

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China: List of Toxic Chemicals Modified

In the future, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) will align itself with international conventions on the import and export of chemicals. The agreements involved include the Stockholm Convention, the Minamata Convention, and the Rotterdam Convention. The new approach … Continue reading

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REACH 2018: Extension in Case of Missing Data

Companies that must register their chemicals by May 31, 2018 but that do not yet have all the test results they need for the dossier, should notify the ECHA of the situation. But an exception for such cases involves some … Continue reading

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Brexit: What Legal Experts Recommend

With its more than 1,400 environmental law experts, the leading membership organization for environmental law in the United Kingdom (UK Environmental Law Association) has taken a clear position in regard Brexit. It recommends that the government continue to adhere to … Continue reading

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Big Data Helps Limit Animal Experiments

How Big Data revolutionizes toxicology and how risk assessments could be made safer even without animal experiments were discussed by scientists at the Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences conference last year in Seattle. The results have now … Continue reading

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China Published List of Priority Control Chemicals

At the end of December, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) of the People’s Republic of China published a list of chemicals that have special legal controls. The MEP also issued a notification (only in Chinese) on the subject. The … Continue reading

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