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New pharmaceutical IUCLID datasets …

New pharmaceutical IUCLID datasets support alternatives to animal testing

… ondersteunen alternatieven voor dierproeven. ECHA has published structured datasets in IUCLID for 348 approved pharmaceuticals with results from nonclinical animal studies and information on humans. The new datasets provide robust pharmaceutical information for industry and researchers in a structured format. They support toxicity assessment of structurally similar chemicals with the … <Read more>

ECHA adds 9 chemicals to REACH SVHC list

ECHA adds 9 chemicals to REACH SVHC list

What does it mean for you? On Jan. 17, 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added nine additional substances to the candidate list under Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). The chemicals are placed on ECHA’s candidate list if they are: carcinogenic, mutagenic and and toxic to reproduction (category 1A or 1B); …  <Read more>

European PFAS ban moves closer

European PFAS ban moves closer

he Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden have submitted a proposal to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to ban the production, marketing and use of PFAS. The ban on PFASs should be included in the European Union’s REACH regulation on chemical substances. ECHA will publish the detailed proposal, one of the most comprehensive in EU … <Read more>

ECHA wants evaluation of potentially …

ECHA wants evaluation of potentially hazardous cosmetic substances for CoRAP 2023 to 2025

… hazardous cosmetic substances for CoRAP 2023 to 2025. Jan. 10, 2023 – The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published the draft Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) consisting of 24 substances suspected of posing a risk to human health or the environment. Seven cosmetic ingredients have yet to be assessed. The cosmetic substances of concern are sodium benzotriazolylbutyl- … <Read more>

Reported trade of hazardous chemicals …​

Reported trade of hazardous chemicals increased after Brexit

Die gemeldete Menge von Chemikalien, die gemäß der Verordnung über die vorherige Zustimmung nach Informierung (PIC) aus der Europäischen Union (EU) exportiert und in diese importiert werden, ist im Jahr 2021 erheblich gestiegen, was hauptsächlich auf den Austritt des Vereinigten Königreichs zurückzuführen ist. Der jüngste Jahresbericht der ECHA über … <Read more>

Which chemicals are of concern?

Which chemicals are of concern?

Any chemical that can cause harm is considered hazardous. Certain chemicals can cause all sorts of damage ranging from mild skin irritation to cancer. They can also have a significant impact on the environment, i.e. air, water and soil, and affect plants and animals. A chemical can only harm our health or the environment if we are exposed to it. To protect ourselves from hazardous chemicals, we need to make sure … <Read more>

Is titanium dioxide carcinogenic or not?

Is titanium dioxide carcinogenic or not?

Since October 2021, titanium dioxide must be warned that it may be carcinogenic by inhalation. The European Court of Justice has now declared this classification invalid because this is not yet completely clear for this substance. On November 23, 2022, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) declared that titanium dioxide had been wrongly classified as a carcinogen by inhalation. The court annulled the corres- … <Read more>

ECHA opens consultation on hazards​

ECHA opens consultation on hazards and toxicity of tea tree oil

A consultation on the harmonized classification and labeling of tea tree, Melaleuca alternifolia extract and essential oil has been submitted by Poland to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for review. The country has submitted a proposal highlighting the hazardous effects of tea tree oil (TTO) on human health and toxic effects on aquatic life. Those with relevant  … <Read more>

Rodent traps can be effective …

Rodent traps can be effective in combating house mouse infestations

… in combating house mouse infestations. ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) considers that mechanical traps are suitable alternatives to anticoagulants for controlling indoor mouse infestations. However, their effectiveness is uncertain for other applications and target animals such as rats. The Committee also considered … <Read more>

Need help meeting Japan’s new SDS requirements?

Need help meeting Japan's new SDS requirements?

New Code of Practice published! 234 new substances subject to mandatory SDS and labeling requirements under ISHL. The Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) has published a guidance document to help companies comply with new SDS and labeling requirements under the revised ISHL. Although not an official document, it is considered “a high reference” because it was … <Read more>

Update of the ATEX regulations

Update of the ATEX regulations

The standards apply to working environments where there is a particular risk of explosion! To provide clarity, the European Commission has decided to publish in one law/document the new list of harmonized measures for equipment and protective systems in potentially explosive environments. Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/1668 of 28 September 2022 establishes new harmonized … <Read more>

REACH revision postponed under pressure from industry

REACH revision postponed under pressure from industry

Industry associations are putting pressure on European Commission members. Now the EU chemicals regulation REACH will not be revised – or not implemented at all – until the end of 2023. This could have major consequences for people and the environment. Business associations prevailed, the European Commission conceded. It has delayed the urgently needed revision of the previous … <Read more>

Banning PFAS in firefighting foams

Banning PFAS in firefighting foams

ECHA is submitting a proposal to restrict all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in firefighting foams. Firefighting foams containing PFASs have caused many cases of environmental contamination in the EU. Both in soil and in drinking water. All PFASs or their breakdown products are highly persistent and some are known to cause harm to human health or the environment. … <Read more>

SIAM acquires full ownership of …

SIAM acquires full ownership of LABORATORIOS ALMABE IDUQC in Murcia

LABORATORIOS ALMABE IDUQC in Murcia … As part of SIAM’s strategic growth and diversification plan, we have acquired ownership of LABORATORIOS ALMABE IDUQC. The acquisition concerns an independent laboratory founded in 2012 and located in the Murcia Science and Technology Park. LABORATORIOS ALMABE IDUQC provides analysis, physicochemical … <Read more>

EU regulations ban tattoo ink from January

EU regulations ban tattoo ink from January

The needle buzzes, the pain is irritating and at the end a dazzlingly colorful bird radiates from the freshly tattooed skin. Tattoos and the people who wear them are no longer uncommon. Whether simple symbols or slogans in the classic black-grey style, ie only in black, or colorful motifs that dance up and down the color palette. However, from January it can become quite drab … <Read more>

ECHA steps on the brakes

ECHA steps on the brakes

Risk Assessment Committee asked to consider new information on microplastics. Against expectations, in February the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) chose not to submit the opinion of its two subcommittees on microplastics to the European Commission for the time being. Why not and what does this mean for the future? When ECHA announced in mid-December that the Committee … <Read more>

ECHA imposes restrictions on the use of lead for …

ECHA imposes restrictions on the use of lead for outdoor shooting and fishing

… outdoor shooting and fishing. The European Chemicals Agency proposes further EU-wide restrictions on the use of lead in hunting and outdoor target shooting and fishing ammunition. The proposal aims to address the risks posed by lead in these activities in order to protect people, wildlife and the environment. At the request of the European Commission, … <Read more>

ECHA: Review of material registrations from UK suppliers

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The European Chemicals Agency has asked European companies to check the substance registrations of their UK suppliers to ensure that these materials are also listed in the section for the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA). The transition period for Great Britain to leave the EU ends on … <Read more>

New EU database for pollutants from 2021:

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Impulses for recycling management. ‘From January 5, 2021, information about products containing substances of very high concern that are placed on the EU market must be reported to the European Chemicals Agency,’ said environmental expert Axel Dick and occupational … <Read more>

Information and assistance with Brexit

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is updating its IT tools and information on the UK’s departure from the EU. ECHA has updated its IT tools and information on the internet on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Includes questions and answers with advice for companies. End of transition period … <Read more>

The UK chemical industry is very concerned about the additional costs of Brexit

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Since 2007, European chemical companies have been carefully building an extensive substance database at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki, in which all substances used in the EU are registered. There are fears that some chemicals that are still available today … <Read more>