Monthly Archives: September 2018

Poison Centers: ECHA Offers New Support Services

The ECHA has updated its Web site on poison centers and is offering new support services that simplify the preparation and transmission of information on hazardous mixtures. See the press release issued by the ECHA. The Web site supports companies … Continue reading

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European Parliament Votes to Ban Microplastics

By an overwhelming majority (597 to 15 votes), the European Parliament voted for a ban on microplastics by 2020. In particular, the prohibition applies to microplastic particles used in personal care and cleaning products, ostensibly to improve their cleansing properties. Mark … Continue reading

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ECHA Seeks to Add 18 Substances to Annex XIV of REACH

The ECHA has suggested adding 18 substances, mostly chemicals used as stabilizers and solvents, to Annex XIV (Authorization List) of REACH. Comments on the suggestion can be made until December 5 as part of a public consultation. The agency specifically … Continue reading

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REACH Dossier Updates: EU States Propose Implementing Regulation

Along with Norway, three member states of the EU, France, Netherlands, and Hungary, have called for regular, obligatory updates of REACH dossiers and argued strongly for an implementing regulation. They formulated their position in special papers submitted after a discussion of … Continue reading

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Brexit: VCI Urges Preparations for Failed Negotiations

Utz Tillmann, the chief executive of the German Chemical Industry Association (Verband der Chemischen Industrie: VCI), has urged solution-oriented negotiations between the EU and Great Britain and emphasized the importance of linking the country to the EU’s chemicals agency ECHA. … Continue reading

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California Approves Labeling Requirement for Cosmetics

California has enacted a law (AB 2775) that requires cosmetics manufacturers to list all ingredients on the labels of their products, including cosmetics used in manicures, hair salons, and other cosmetic and beauty salons. The law goes into effect on … Continue reading

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German App Clarifies the Spread of Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFCs)

The German Environment Agency has published an app (PFC-Planet) that highlights the problem of per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFCs). The app shows how the substances enter the environment and the food chain, what the consequences for us are, and what … Continue reading

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