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Towards sustainable outdoor shooting and fishing

ECHA proposes restrictions on lead use

08-Feb-2021

At the request of the European Commission, ECHA has assessed the health and environmental risks posed by the use of lead projectiles for hunting and outdoor sports shooting as well as lead used in fishing sinkers and lures.The Agency concluded that an EU-wide restriction would be justified. ECHA ...

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Roadmap to address substances of very high concern complete

Systematic screening of registered substances has been key in identifying new chemicals of concern

05-Feb-2021

ECHA has today published a brochure summarising the achievements of the SVHC 2020 Roadmap, following its completion. The goal of the SVHC Roadmap was to identify all relevant, currently known substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and include them on the Candidate List by 2020. SVHCs are ...

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What do EU citizens think about nanomaterials?

Survey shows that citizens demand better labelling of everyday products containing nanomaterials and increased awareness of the risks and benefits of products containing nanomaterials

17-Nov-2020

A study, commissioned by the EU Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON), measured and analysed how citizens in Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France and Poland perceive nanomaterials and their potential risks to our health and the environment. It found that despite manufactured nanomaterials being a ...

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22 hazardous chemicals added to EU regulation on imports and exports

27-Jul-2020

Exporters of the substances now have to notify their designated national authority before exporting them. In most cases, consent from the importing country is also needed. In addition, exports from the EU of a series of mercury-containing articles, such as fluorescent lamps, have also been ...

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Restriction and authorisation found to drive replacement of harmful chemicals

Replacing harmful chemicals with safer alternatives and greener technologies is strongly driven by regulation

13-Jul-2020

While restrictions and authorisation directly encourage European industry to substitute harmful chemicals, ECHA’s support for substitution has also played a role. ECHA’s two published reports uncover both the direct and indirect effects of REACH in driving substitution. Based on a survey of ...

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Four new hazardous chemicals to be phased out

The additions include three substances that are toxic to reproduction and one endocrine disruptor

26-Jun-2020

The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) now contains 209 substances that may have serious effects on people or the environment. The endocrine-disrupting substance is used in consumer products, such as cosmetics. The three others are used in industrial processes to produce ...

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ECHA starts work on persistent organic pollutants

16-Jul-2019

ECHA starts working on scientific, technical and administrative tasks to identify and regulate persistent organic pollutants (POPs). These substances remain in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food chain, and pose a risk to the environment and human health. Due to their intrinsic ...

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Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

15-Mar-2019

ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its final opinion supporting the proposal by Denmark, Italy, Norway and ECHA to restrict the placing on the market of tattoo inks and permanent make-up. Substances within the scope of the restriction include carcinogenic, mutagenic and ...

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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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