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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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DIN standard for the determination of the tip radius and the probing force of stylus instruments developed

07-Jun-2016

In microsystems metallic components are increasingly being replaced by those from low-cost polymers. For the thickness measurement of polymers, there is now the DIN standard 32567 available, which describes both, optical and tactile surface measuring methods for the precise measurement of 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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The risk potential of hormonally active substances is to be comprehensively characterised

BfR proposes further EU criteria to identify endocrine disruptors

13-Jul-2015

On the occasion of the EU Conference "Endocrine disruptors:criteriaforidentificationand relatedimpacts" held in Brussels on 1 June 2015, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) presented an extended proposal for the identification of endocrine disruptors. This identification is to be ...

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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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Nanotechnology leads to stronger cleanroom standards

Cleanzone 2015: Cleanroom compatibility of all types of equipment

28-May-2015

The disciplines are converging: first it was mechanics and electronics that grew closer together – now it is the turn of semiconductor-electronic and optics components and sub-assemblies. Optoelectronic hybrids are putting even greater demands on cleanroom technology. The first order of business ...

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Lucideon Receives ISO 17025 Accreditation for Wear Testing

27-Apr-2015

Lucideon has been awarded ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation for the total wear testing of hip joints. The accreditation encompasses ISO 14242-1 and ISO 14242-2 standards and was awarded by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service).The extension to scope means that Lucideon can offer accredited ...

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