Monthly Archives: March 2019

EU Countries Inspect Products for Hazardous Chemicals

As part of two EU enforcement projects, inspectors have examined products across the EU for the presence of hazardous chemicals. The first project monitors compliance with Regulation No. 528/2012 on the marketing and use of biocide products. In the second project, government agencies examine products imported into the … Continue reading

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ECHA Wants to Restrict the Use of Tattoo Inks

The ECHA Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) has expressed a desire to restrict the use of hazardous chemicals in tattoo inks. The ECHA is following the lead of a Danish initiative that introduced such a strategy years ago and published guidelines for users.  The … Continue reading

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EU Amends PIC Regulation Annexes

The EU Commission has modified Annexes I and V of EU Regulation No. 649/2012 of July 4, 2012 on the import and export of hazardous chemicals. The material that has been supplemented and changed (Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/330 of December 11, 2018) affects Carbofuran (insecticide, acaricide, and nematicide), Trichlorfon, Fipronil (insecticide), short-chained chlorinated paraffins, and tributyltin compounds.  … Continue reading

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Industry Wants to Help Develop the ECHA’s SVHC Database

A group of 17 industry associations in the EU have sent a letter to the EU Commission and asked to participate in the development of the ECHA database for substances of very high concern (SVHC). According to the new Waste Framework Directive that went … Continue reading

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ECHA: Three of Every Four REACH Dossiers Are Faulty

Last year, the ECHA evaluated 484 registrations (compliance checks and testing proposals) and determined that information was missing in three of every four of the dossiers examined. That’s the finding of an ECHA report published at the end of February. … Continue reading

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Sweden: Cases of Poisonings from E-Cigarettes Increase

The Swedish Poison Information Center (Swedish only) reports an increase in cases of poisoning from e-cigarettes. According to the Swedish supervisory authority for chemicals, KEMI, even children have been affected in some cases. They are poisoned by drinking the fluid … Continue reading

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For the First Time, EU Rejects an Authorization Request for Use of a Substance of Very High Concern

As part of a meeting of the REACH committee in mid-February, the member states of the EU have rejected the application of a company (a specialist in surface technology) that wanted to use sodium dichromate for special handling of surfaces. The products involved are instruments … Continue reading

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