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EU: ECHA Proposes Seven Substances for Authorisation


EU: ECHA Proposes Seven Substances for Authorisation

Seven substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are recommended to be added to the REACH Authorisation List. They have been prioritized from the Candidate List because of their intrinsic properties in combination with high volume […]

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EU: Lead to be proposed as a new REACH SVHC

The European Chemicals Agency posts on its website announcements of the intentions of EU Member States to propose substances to be Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Recently lead metal was added to the Registry […]

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Eight New RoHS Exemption Directives Proposed By EU Commission

The EU Commission has released a total of 8 draft delegated directives to amend existing RoHS provisions, specifically regarding exemptions. The drafts, much-anticipated by industry, are now open for stakeholder consultation until 17 October 2017. The following […]

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Stricter Limits On the Way for Lead in Toys

An amendment to the EU Toys Directive was recently adopted  by the EU council in an attempt to strengthen the limits in place for lead usage in toys. The text adopted is identical to that […]

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EU Launches Corporate Social Responsibility Tool for Textile Sector

The EU has just launched a new online tool for managing CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) in the textile sector. The aim of the new service is to help improve supply chain performance by managing CSR-related […]

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EU Publishes Ecodesign and Energy Labeling Compliance Standards

The EU Commission recently published a list of standards relating to compliance with Energy Labeling Regulation (EU) 2015/1094 and Ecodesign Regulation 2015/1095. These are both for use in professional refrigerated storage cabinets and other related products. […]

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EU Public Consultations Launched for Applications for Authorization

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has announced a public consultation for three applications for authorization. These included two substances, covering a total of four uses: Chromium trioxide (EC: 215-607-8): This is used as a pre-treatment step […]

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EU Reaches Landmark Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation

Agreements on the final shape of an EU Regulation on conflict minerals, which aims to put an end to the financing of armed groups in third world countries via the trade of tantalum, tin, tungsten […]

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New RoHS Exemption Stakeholder Consultation Opens

The European Commission is opening a public commission on BiPRO GmbH to evaluate two applications for granting new exemptions. These are to be included in the Annexes of RoHS 2 (Directive 2011/65/EU). Both requests were […]

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EU Council Consents to Stricter Limit Values for Lead in Toys

The EU Council had a meeting earlier this month and decided not to oppose the draft amendment of Directive 2009/48/EC. The outcome of this substantially strengthens the limit values for the amount of lead in […]

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Energy Efficiency: MEPs to Vote on Binding New Rules for Labeling

New, simplified labeling systems aim to make it easier for consumers to buy energy efficient household appliances. The new labeling rules were debated on Monday July 4 by MEPs at the EU parliament and will […]

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EU Commission Approves Two RoHS Exemptions

Two amendments to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive were published recently by the EU Commission in order to approve new exemptions to Article 4; substance restrictions.  The decision came from consultants at the […]

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Final EU Conflict Minerals Regulation Gets Closer

Last week the EU (European Union) Commission, Council and Parliament agreed on a framework for conflict minerals legislation. Highlights of the agreement: Mandatory due diligence, based on OECD guidelines, will be required for EU importers […]

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Sweden Publish Long-term Energy Policy

The Swedish Government and a number of Swedish political parties recently agreed on a deal on the country’s long-term energy policy.  The agreement provides a common roadmap for a controlled transition to a fully renewable […]

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ECHA Updates Guidance on Substances in Articles

Following the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on REACH Articles Definition, ECHA has released a quick update to its Guidance on requirements for substances in articles. ECHA has updated the parts of the guidance with […]

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11 Substances Proposed for EU REACH Authorization List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is proposing to add 11 new substances in the EU REACH Authorization List.  The proposed new substances include: HHPA and MHHPA  Dihexyl phthalate and 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear Boron compounds: sodium perborate, […]

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Only 35% of European E-Waste Recycled Properly

The European Union-funded project, Countering WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) Illegal Trade (CWIT), has found that just 35% (3.3 million tonnes) of WEEE wound up in official collection and recycling systems. The balance of […]

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Two New SVHCs added to EU REACH Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has announced that two new substance of very high concern (SVHCs)have been added to the EU REACH Candidate List. A series of mixed alkyl diesters (EC 271-094-0, CAS 68515-51-5; EC […]

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Deadline to Submit EU REACH Substance in Article Notifications Draws Near

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has issued a reminder that the deadline of June 17, 2015, for submitting substances in articles notifications on certain substances of very high concern (SVHCs) is getting closer. The following […]

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EU REACH Registry of Intentions Updated

A new dossier for the identification of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) on 1,3-propanesultone; 1,2-oxathiolane 2,2-dioxide (EC 214-317-9) is expected to be submitted on August 3, 2015. This dossier will be prepared by the European […]

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Öko-Institut Begins New RoHS Exemption Consultation

The Öko-Institut has launched a new project (Pack 8) for the evaluation of three applications for granting new exemptions under the RoHS Directive. The exemptions under consideration are as follows: 1. for lead in thin […]

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ECHA Says No New Restriction Proposal On Cadmium In Plastics

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published its evaluation of the use of cadmium and its compounds in plastic materials not covered by entry 23 (Annex XVII) of the REACH Restriction List. The report analyses […]

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UK DECC Invites Industry Comments on Draft EU Regulation on Ecodesign of Lamps

The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has distributed the latest draft of the EU Commission’s proposal to amend its regulations on ecodesign of non-directional household lamps, and directional lamps, LEDs and related equipment, together with […]

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EU’s Environment Committee Backs ETS Market Reserve

The EU’s Environment Committee MEPs backed a draft law to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).  This law would see the reduction of the surplus of carbon credits available for trading into order to […]

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PFOA Public Consultation Launches

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched a public consultation on the proposed restriction of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related substances, following a report proposing a restriction on their manufacturing, use and placing […]

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REACH Candidate List Grows By Another Six Chemicals

Six new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) have been added to the Candidate List by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Cadmium fluoride and cadmium sulphate are included due to their ‘Carcinogenic’, ‘Mutagenic’, and ‘Toxic for reproduction’ properties, […]

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Spain, Latvia, Poland and Romania Still to Enact EU Rules on WEEE

Spain, Latvia, Poland and Romania are all being urged by the European Commission to send details about how EU legislation on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is being enacted in their domestic law. The new WEEE Directive replaces and updates older […]

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EU Public Consultation Opens On DecaBDE

The European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, is proposing a restriction on the manufacturing, use and placing on the market of bis(pentabromophenyl) ether (decaBDE). DecaBDE is mainly used as a flame retardant in plastics and textiles and […]

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EU considers further restrictions on chromium VI in toys

The European Commission (EC) and the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) have launched a public consultation on the preliminary opinion on chromium VI in toys. The aim of the opinion is to consider whether a […]

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EINECS, ELINCS and NLP Now on ECHA Website

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a copy of the EC Inventory on its website, which consists of: the European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances (EINECS); the European LIst of Notified Chemical Substances […]

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ECHA Gives Green-light on Specific Uses of DEHP and DBP

Following an application for authorization from Roxel (UK Rocket Motors) Ltd, ECHA’s ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment and Socio-economic Analysis have adopted opinions on specific uses of DEHP and DBP, concluding that the applicant had […]

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Danish Regulations on Phthalates Contrary to EU Rules

The European Commission has disallowed national regulations restricting four phthalates (DEHP, DBP, DIBP, BBP), which were on track to take effect in Denmark in December 2015. The EU Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is currently in the process of assessing […]

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Strict BPA Limit in Toys Set By European Commission

The European Commission, as part of its continuous objective to improve the safety of toys, has set a strict limit of 0.1 mg/l (migration limit) for Bisphenol A (BPA) in toys for children up to […]

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Four New SVHCs Added to EU REACH Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has announced the addition of 4 new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List, bringing the total to 155 substances. Cadmium chloride, a phthalate and two boron […]

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EC updates list of ‘harmonized’ toy safety standards

The European Commission (EC) has updated its list of harmonized standards under The New Toy Safety Directive, 2009/48/EC . The updated list includes: EN 71-7:2014, Safety of toys — Part 7: Finger paints — Requirements […]

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ECHA Issues Call for Evidence on Grill Lighter and Lamp Fuels

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has issued a call for evidence from companies who have information on substituting grill lighter fluids and fuels/oils for decorative lamps, labelled R65 or H304. This action is in response […]

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Review of EU Ecodesign & Energy Labeling Regulations Published

The consultancy Ecofys has issued its final report following a review of the effectiveness of Directive 2010/30/EU on Energy Labeling as well as specific aspects of the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC. The report’s findings include: the […]

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First Draft Report Published for EU Ecodesign Working Plan 2015-2017

The first draft task report from the ecodesign preparatory study to establish the EU “Ecodesign Working Plan 2015-2017” has been published. The preparatory study is being carried out by Oeko-Institut, BIO by Deloitte and ERA Technology for […]

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Deadline for Submitting EU REACH SiA Notifications for SVHCs Almost Here

The deadline to submit Substance in Article (SiA) notifications to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) of the presence of seven SVHCs (substances of very high concern) is June 16, 2014. Companies are invited to verify […]

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ECHA Launches Public Consultation On Alternatives to HBCDD

Following the receipt of a joint application for authorization from 13 co-applicants for the use of Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has opened a public consultation. The Agency is inviting contributions on feasible […]

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European Commission & ILO Agree Greater Cooperation on Health & Safety at Work

European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, and International Labour Organization (ILO) Director General, Guy Ryder, have agreed to increase cooperation in the area of health and safety at work. Their objective […]

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F-gases Regulation Adopted By EU Council

The EU Council today adopted a regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases), to help reduce emissions in the EU by two-thirds of today’s levels by 2030. The regulation will support the EU’s climate and environmental objectives […]

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EC restricts Chromium VI in leather articles

The European Commission (EC) has issued a new Regulation to establish restrictions on Chromium VI in leather articles. Regulation (EU) No 301/2014 amends Annex XVII of REACH to establish new restrictions, as follows: leather articles […]

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RAC proposes to strengthen the classification of BPA

The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) has adopted an opinion to strengthen the existing harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) of bisphenol A (BPA) from a category 2 reproductive toxicant to a […]

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EU Council Adopts Biocides Regulation

The EU Council today amended its biocides regulation. The objective behind the original regulation, which has been in force since September 1, 2013, was to improve the functioning of the internal market in biocidal products, […]

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Public Consultation Opens on 4 Potential SVHCs under EU REACH Legislation

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published new proposals to identify an additional 4 chemicals as substances of very high concern (SVHCs). The public consultation will run until April 17, 2014 and interested parties are […]

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Going Green With Our Eco Design Regulation & EU Market Surveillance Free Webinar

As an Irish company, we appreciate the power of green. And to celebrate St Patrick’s Day we’re bringing you a special free webinar on ‘Going Green: Update on Ecodesign Regulation and Market Surveillance in the […]

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New EU Regulation for Export and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Comes Into Effect

New rules concerning the export and import of very hazardous chemicals will be implemented in the EU from March 1, 2014. The revised Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation comes into effect, regulating the trade of […]

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Possible Future RoHS Substances Highlighted in Austrian Review

Commentary provided by Leigh Holloway, eco3, data partner with Compliance & Risks Umweltbundesamt, the Austrian Environment Agency, has finalized a list of substances facing restriction under the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Recast Directive 2011/65/EU […]

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Belgium Adopts Royal Decree on Register of Nanomaterials

Belgium has adopted a regulation on the placing on the market of substances manufactured in nanoparticle state.  This decree by the Cabinet of Ministers provides for the setting up of a national register of nanomaterials in […]

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