Category Archives: REACH

REACH 2018: ECHA Seeks Financial Relief for Smaller Companies

The ECHA is looking for ways to simplify the registration of substances for small and midsize enterprises (SMEs). Many companies hesitate registering substances because of the high costs involved with the Letter of Access(LoA) and participation in the Substance Information … Continue reading

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ECHA Publishes Updated Guidance for Substances in Articles

The ECHA has published version 4.0 of its Guidance on requirements for substances in articles as a response to a decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in September 2015. At that time, the court decided that the information … Continue reading

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Industry Taking Requirements to Update REACH Dossiers Lightly

ECHA director Geert Dancet has criticized companies that do not meet their obligations to update REACH dossiers at all, or that do so inadequately. Such companies, he says, misunderstand Article 22 of REACH. Dancet made his comments in July during … Continue reading

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In the United States, Maine Bans Flame Retardants in Furniture Upholstery

At the beginning of August, the state of Maine issued a Law („An Act To Protect Firefighters by Establishing a Prohibition on the Sale and Distribution of New Upholstered Furniture Containing Certain Flame-retardant Chemicals, LD182) that prohibits the sale of … Continue reading

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PFOA Ban: Early Norwegian Action Is Legal

In July, the court of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)-ruled that Norway’s law banning perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) from consumer products and textiles is legal. The plaintiffs, the EFTA Surveillance Authority, had accused Norway of preempting the European-wide REACH law. … Continue reading

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Brazil: Chemicals Law Taking Shape

At a recent meeting, representatives of the National Commission on Chemical Safety (CONASQ), evaluated the responses to a public consultation. The Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (Ministério do Meio Ambiente: MMA) published the draft of a chemicals law as early … Continue reading

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Japan Publishes New GHS Classifications

The Japanese National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) has published a new list of substances. The updated list contains 84 new and 95 revised GHS classifications. The list is important for companies that operate in the Japanese market and … Continue reading

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