Monthly Archives: October 2018

UK REACH: British Industry Sounds the Alarm

The implementation of EU REACH into national law in Great Britain (UK REACH) has unpleasant consequences for companies in the UK that have been jointly registering chemicals within the context of SIEF and that do not have full access to substance … Continue reading

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Amazon Begins a Chemicals Management Program

Amazon, the online retailer with the world’s highest revenue, wants to ban hazardous substances from its products. It has therefore begun its own Chemicals Management Program. A central part of the program is the collation of a list of hazardous … Continue reading

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GHS Is Now Mandatory in Mexico

As of October 9, chemicals in Mexico must be classified and labeled according to uniform criteria, those of GHS Revision 5. In October 2015, the Mexican Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) published regulations (NOM-018-STPS-2015, only in Spanish) that … Continue reading

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EU Adopts Further Limits the Use of CMRs in Textiles

The EU Commission has published a draft modification of Annex XVII of REACH and defined new threshold values for 33 carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) substances used in clothing, textiles, and footwear. When concentrations of the substances exceed the thresholds, they … Continue reading

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Safety Data Sheets: ECHA Evaluates Quality Inspections and Issues New Guidelines

The REACH-En-Force (REF 5) monitoring project, aimed at improving the quality of safety data sheets (SDS), is entering a decisive phase. Its members will meet at the beginning of October to work out an overview of the problems with SDSs and … Continue reading

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Rotterdam Convention: Committee Recommends Measures for Additional Chemicals

At their 14th meeting, held in Rome in mid-September, members of the committee of the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations suggested including the industrial chemicals hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD); perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts, and all PFOA-related compounds; and pesticides phorate and … Continue reading

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EU Seeks to Prohibit Hazardous Chemicals from Products

A majority of the members of the EU Parliament has called for measures against the use of hazardous substances in products because such use makes recycling difficult or even impossible. That’s why they should disappear from the supply chain as quickly … Continue reading

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