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Inspectors find phthalates in toys and asbestos in second-hand products

Hundreds of consumer products with illegal amounts of restricted chemicals

13-Feb-2018

The project report shows a relatively high number of products on the European market containing chemicals that are restricted under REACH. Inspectors in 27 European countries checked 1 009 mixtures, 4 599 articles and 17 substances. Overall, out of 5 625 targeted product checks, 18 % did not ...

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REACH inspectors find that not all companies are complying with authorisation requirements

23-Jun-2017

Inspectors in 17 European countries have checked compliance with the authorisation obligations under REACH for the use and placing on the market of 13 substances of very high concern with sunset dates in 2015. Inspections in companies that used or placed the substances on the market showed a rate ...

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MSC unanimously agrees that Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor

19-Jun-2017

The Member State Committee (MSC) supported the French proposal to additionally identify Bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern because of its endocrine disrupting properties which cause probable serious effects to human health. The committee also agreed to identify the substance PFHxS as ...

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Citizens and experts to get more information on nanomaterials

08-Dec-2016

Better access to relevant and understandable information about nanomaterials both for European citizens and experts. That is the main goal of an agreement signed between ECHA and the Commission on the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials. The signing of the delegation agreement marks the ...

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REACH is the dominant driver for substitution - more action is needed

06-Sep-2016

The REACH Regulation and other EU policies coupled with market forces have created strong drivers to avoid the use of very hazardous substances in the EU. To accelerate identifying very hazardous substances and substituting them with safer alternatives, the report recommends improving the ...

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Upcoming ECHA notification deadlines

18-Sep-2015

By 14 October 2015, companies need to notify ECHA for dialuminium chloride pentahydroxide in product type 2, i.e. disinfectants and algaecides not intended for direct application to humans or animals as one successful declaration of interest was received. It is now time for any interested company ...

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The first two applications for Union authorisation of biocidal products have recently been submitted to ECHA

24-Jul-2015

The first two applications for Union authorisation are for biocidal product families containing the active substance iodine. The products are used as disinfectants for veterinary hygiene purposes (biocidal product type 3). The ability for companies to apply for Union authorisation for their ...

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Get ready for the last registration deadline for chemicals

ECHA proposes 15 substances for authorisation

06-Jul-2015

15 substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are recommended to be added to the REACH Authorisation List. These substances were prioritised from the Candidate List because they are used in high volumes and have widespread uses which may pose a threat to human health or the environment or can ...

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Two new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) added to the Candidate List

17-Jun-2015

The first new entry covers a series of mixed alkyl diesters (EC 271-094-0, CAS 68515-51-5; EC 272-013-1, CAS 68648-93-1) which were added to the list due to their reproductive toxicity properties where they contain ≥ 0.3% of dihexyl phthalate (EC No. 201-559-5). These substances are used for ...

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Assessing read-across – how ECHA does it

Read-across is the most commonly used alternative to testing chemicals on animals under REACH

28-May-2015

Read-across – predicting unknown properties of one chemical from known properties of similar chemicals – is a scientific method for filling data gaps on the effects of chemicals.The aim of the Read-Across Assessment Framework (RAAF) is to provide a structured approach to the scientific evaluation ...

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