Monthly Archives: December 2018

ECHA Opens Public Consultation on REACH Annex IV for Four Phthalates

Recommendations on amending the Authorization List of REACH (Annex XIV) can be made until March 12, 2019. The amendment covers the endocrine-disrupting effectiveness of the following four phthalates: Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) Diisobutyl phthalate … Continue reading

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Chemicals Regulations: USMCA Free Trade Agreement Supports a Risk-Based Approach

At the G20 Summit, held from November 30 to December 1 in Buenos Aires, the United States, Mexico, and Canada agreed to the USMCA Free Trade Agreement. After approval by each national legislature, the USMCA will replace the NAFTA agreement, … Continue reading

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Canada: Talc Can Cause Ovarian Cancer

The Canadian government sees a connection between the frequency of ovarian cancer and exposure to talc. Accordingly, it plans to limit or completely forbid the use of the substance in many cosmetics. The government bases its decision on the Draft … Continue reading

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Danish Study Finds High Concentrations of PFAS in Cosmetics

As part of a study, scientists of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studied 17 cosmetics and found relatively high concentrations of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in one of every three products. The researchers found at least one of … Continue reading

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CEFIC: The Strategy for the Chemicals Industry in 2050

How will the chemicals industry of the future reinvent itself for political decision-makers? That was the question asked at the Copenhagen Institute of Futures Studies (CIFS) as assigned by the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). The study questioned 195 experts from … Continue reading

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Thailand Updates Its Cosmetics Regulations

On October 19, Thailand announced changes to its cosmetics regulations that went into effect the next day. The announcement covered three notifications. In the first two, the Thai Ministry of Public Health updated the list of preservatives permitted in cosmetics … Continue reading

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EU Chemicals Law: Should Violations Be Penalized Equally Across the EU?

Violations of EU chemicals law are sanctioned differently in each EU state. Manufacturers outside the EU can take advantage of such loopholes. Possible solutions were discussed in Brussels in mid-November by representatives of the ECHA, associations, member states, and non-governmental … Continue reading

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