Monthly Archives: April 2019

ECHA Issues Its First Annual Report: “Mapping the chemical universe to address substances of concern – Integrated Regulatory Strategy”

In April 2019, the ECHA published its first annual report Integrated Regulatory Strategy. The report serves the ECHA and the responsible agencies in the member states as a starting point, given that the ECHA wants to develop an overview of all registered chemicals by … Continue reading

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Australia: Early Regulatory Changes to Take Effect Immediately

The Australian government has put new chemical regulations, or “early regulatory changes” into effect. With this action, the nation wishes to simplify the import of chemicals that are not hazardous to health. Such substances include polymers of low concern (PLCs). The … Continue reading

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EU Safety Gate Issues Warning About Hazardous Products: Toys Are the Front Runners

Toys continue to be contaminated with hazardous chemicals. According to a current EU report, Safety Gate: just a click to keep away from dangerous products, toys are one of the top three product categories most frequently reported to the early … Continue reading

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ECHA Action Plan: Screen All REACH Data by 2027

The ECHA and the EU Commission plan to screen all data on chemicals in quantities greater than one ton by 2027. That announcement was made by ECHA executive director Björn Hansen at an event sponsored by Chemical Watch held in … Continue reading

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South Korea: Tracking System for Chemicals on the Way

The State Council of South Korea has approved the implementation of a tracking system for chemicals along with the related modification of the Chemical Control Act (CCA). The draft (in Korean) was presented at the start of April and will now be presented to … Continue reading

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EU Updates CLP Regulation

The EU Commission has revised Annexes I–VI of the CLP Regulation in light of the latest classification and labeling criteria found in the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). The revision aligns CLP with the sixth and seventh versions of GHS. Commission … Continue reading

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EU-Sponsored Project: Risks of EDC Mixtures Underestimated

Mixtures of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) conceal health risks that are significantly higher for children than the risks posed by individual chemicals. That’s the result of an EU-sponsored project, EDC-MixRisk, whose findings were presented in a workshop, The Chemical Cocktail Challenge, at the end of … Continue reading

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