Monthly Archives: February 2019

Hard Brexit: What You Absolutely Need to Do

Everything indicates that Great Britain will leave the EU on March 29, 2019 without a valid trade agreement in place (hard Brexit). The consequences for the entire economy are unforeseeable. In particular, companies that have registered chemicals in the framework … Continue reading

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Norway: Every Fifth Product Improperly Labeled

As part of monitoring project, the Norwegian Environment Agency has inspected more than 860 products that contain hazardous chemicals. The result: Every fifth product was improperly labeled. The Environment Agency has issued a press release (only in Norwegian) on its … Continue reading

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Siloxane: Industry Criticizes the ECHA’s Restriction Plan 

The ECHA suggestion to limit siloxanes D4, D5, and D6 under REACH has raised an alarm in industry. The European organization of silicone manufacturers (Centre Européen des Silicones: CES) represents the manufacturers of silicone polymers and fears a negative effect on the emission of carbon dioxide.  Siloxanes D4, D5, and D6 are already classified as substances of very high concern (SVHC). According to REACH (EU) 2018/35 that … Continue reading

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South Korea: Substance Preregistration from January 1 – June 30, 2019

The preregistration of substances according to the South Korean chemicals law (K-REACH) has been available since the beginning of the year. The regulation requires that manufacturers and importers have substances preregistered by June 30. The obligation applies to chemicals manufactured or … Continue reading

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EU Plans New Implementing Regulations

The EU Commission has paved the way for a new implementing regulation for substance registration. A draft of the regulation has already been prepared. The final form is currently being worked out. However, not as much progress has been made … Continue reading

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Kingfisher Eliminates Critical Chemicals from Its Products

In the future, Kingfisher, a British home-improvement company, wants to remove phthalates, polyflourinated hydrocarbons, and halogenated flame retardants from its house-brand products and replace them with non-critical chemicals. According to the company’s Sustainable Growth Plan, these materials should disappear from … Continue reading

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Chemical Concentrations in Diapers Exceed Thresholds

Between 2016 and 2018, the French Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety (Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail: ANSES) inspected disposable diapers and found a variety of chemicals in concentrations that … Continue reading

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