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Government Launches Consultation on UK REACH ATRm

The consultation period runs until 11 July 2024.

21

May 2024

EPA's FY 2023 PRIA Report: Progress Amid Budget Woes in Pesticide Regulation

A critical issue highlighted in the report is the substantial budget shortfall faced by the EPA’s pesticide program.

18

May 2024

EPA Adds New PFAS to Toxic Release Inventory for 2024

This rule aims to bolster transparency regarding PFAS use, aiding in public health efforts by providing critical data on chemical releases.

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May 2024

EPA Releases Draft Risk Evaluation for DIDP and DINP

Both phthalates are used in various products, including building materials, automotive care products, and electronics.

17

May 2024

UK HSE to Lead Reform of GB CLP, BPR, and PIC Laws for Post-Brexit Needs

The HSE is exploring opportunities to adapt these laws to better suit GB's specific needs as a non-EU country.

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May 2024

UK HSE Call for Evidence on PFAS in Firefighting Foams

Stakeholders with info on PFAS or alternatives in firefighting foams, especially in GB, are urged to engage in further dialogue with the Agency.

16

May 2024

ECHA Expands Chromium(VI) Restriction Scope

In response to the expanded scope, the deadline for completing the Annex XV restriction dossier has been extended from 12 to 18 months.

13

May 2024

OAPP Faces EU Scrutiny: Danish Environmental Agency Proposes SVHC Classification

Companies using OAPP will need to monitor the regulatory developments closely and prepare for potential restrictions.

13

May 2024

ECHA Launches Second Call for Evidence on Aromatic Brominated Flame Retardants

The current call seeks further details on possible alternatives that could replace these hazardous substances in industrial applications.

10

May 2024

EU Strengthens Hazardous Substances Reporting and Introduces Industrial Emissions Portal

The regulation came into effect on 22 May 2024, and will be fully implemented by 1 January 2028

9

May 2024

EU Commission Releases Guiding Principles for Essential Use

The communication clarifies the framework for the EU chemical industry policy providing needed clarity.

9

May 2024

Colorado Expands Bans on PFAS in Everyday Products

The legislation introduces a phased approach to regulate and eventually eliminate the use of PFAS in specific products.

5

May 2024

New Guidelines on Managing and Reusing Upholstered Domestic Seating with POPs

These updated guidelines aim to provide clarity for businesses and individuals dealing with waste upholstered seating.

1

May 2024

EPA Peer Reviewers Provide Feedback on TCEP Risk Evaluation

The agency aims to publish its final report with comprehensive risk characterization and determination by 2025.

1

May 2024

Understanding the EPA's New Regulations on Methylene Chloride and Impacts on Industries

The regulation identifies specific uses of Methylene Chloride that are either prohibited outright or subject to stringent controls.

30

April 2024

ECHA Publishes Annual Report for 2023

2023 was also a year of strategic enhancement for ECHA.

25

April 2024

ECHA Workshop Spotlights Data Challenges and Advances in Regulatory Risk Management

A significant delay in risk management is caused by inadequate hazard data, necessitating a wait for new data generation.

25

April 2024

EU Court Strengthens Safety Measures for Pesticide Approvals

Recent scientific research suggested Dagonis and Pitcher might have endocrine-disrupting effects that could harm human health.

25

April 2024

EPA Finalizes Stronger Chemical Risk Evaluation Process

All risk evaluations initiated 30 days post-publication will adhere to these updated procedures.

24

April 2024

European Positive Lists: EU Commission Sets New Standards for Water Contact Substances

Full application of this legislation by December 2026 gives stakeholders time to gradually adapt to new requirements.

24

April 2024

Pollinis France Challenges the European Commission's Approval of Boscalid

The applicant argues that the decision to extend boscalid's approval violates several EU laws and principles.

24

April 2024

Canada Announces New Reporting Requirements for Plastics

This directive applies to manufacturers, importers, and marketers of specified plastic resins and products.

24

April 2024

European Commission Unveils "Essential Use" Chemical Strategy to Enhance Green Deal

The "essential use" concept, although not immediately altering existing legislation, sets the stage for potential future integrations into law.

23

April 2024

EPA Publishes Update on Draft Herbicide Strategy (April 2024)

The EPA continues to engage with various stakeholders to refine the strategy, with the final version scheduled for release by 30 August 2024.

17

April 2024

PFAS REACH Restriction Progress: Proposal Submitters Detail Assessment Updates

The collaborative effort aims to refine the initially submitted proposal based on the insights gained from public feedback.

17

April 2024

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Asbestos Risk Evaluation

The EPA is keen on receiving input on the draft evaluation, particularly concerning the assessment methodologies and conclusions drawn.

16

April 2024

EU Introduces Criminal Penalties for Chemical Regulation Breaches: Key Changes

The updated legislation introduces criminal penalties for severe infringements that cause significant environmental damage.

15

April 2024

ECHA Board of Appeal Overturns Agency's Decision in Chemical Mutagenicity Case

The Board identified errors in the Agency's risk assessment regarding the substance's potential for mutagenicity.

15

April 2024

European Court Defines Importation and Registration Guidelines under REACH Regulation

ECJ clarifies that buyers don't need to register substances under REACH if another EU entity has already taken responsibility and registered it.

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April 2024

Biden-Harris Administration Sets National Drinking Water Standard for PFAS

The rule sets limits for five individual PFAS chemicals and also establishes a combined limit for mixtures of certain PFAS.

10

April 2024

EPA Regulations to Transform Air Quality Standards in Chemical and Polymer Industries

One of the central aspects of the new regulations is the tightened controls on equipment leaks of VOCs in SOCMI.

9

April 2024

EPA Updates Interim Guidance on PFAS Destruction and Disposal

The guidance zeroes in on three large-scale capacity technologies — thermal destruction, landfills, and underground injection.

8

April 2024

UK Launches Public Consultation on PFAS in Firefighting Foams

The incorporation of PFAS into firefighting foams has raised significant environmental and health concerns.

4

April 2024

UK Government Publishes Results of POPs Public Consultation

As the consultation process concludes, the government faces the challenge of translating stakeholder feedback into effective policy measures.

4

April 2024

UK Declares Non-Approval for 63 Active Substances in Biocidal Products Regulations

Manufacturers, suppliers, and users are urged to review the list and prepare for the upcoming changes to ensure compliance.

2

April 2024

EPA Implements New Measures to Safeguard Endangered Species from Harmful Insecticides

The mitigation measures are for the use of three widely-used insecticides: chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion.

2

April 2024

EPA Issues Warning on Herbicide Dacthal

Used extensively in agricultural and non-agricultural settings, DCPA is a key herbicide for crops like broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, and onions.

1

April 2024

EPA Initiates Lead Inspection Campaign in Manchester, NH, to Combat Childhood Lead Poisoning

The campaign's primary focus is on ensuring adherence to the Toxic Substances Control Act's lead paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.

29

March 2024

‘Forever chemicals’: French MPs Move PFAS Product Ban Forward

The bill mandates phasing out of PFAS in a variety of consumer products, leading up to a complete prohibition on all PFAS in textiles by the year 2030.

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March 2024

EPA Initiates New Testing on PFAS Chemicals to Address "Forever Chemicals" Crisis

3M and Wacker Chemical to test 2-(N-Methylperfluoro-1-octanesulfonamido)ethanol (NMeFOSE) under EPA order.

25

March 2024

European Union Set to Enforce Poison Centre Notifications

Inspectors are set to verify the submission of poison centre notifications by suppliers.

25

March 2024

EPA Reports a 21% Decrease in Toxic Chemical Releases Over a Decade

The EPA's analysis details how facilities are handling their chemical waste, emphasizing a shift towards more sustainable practices.

21

March 2024

EU Adopts Stricter Regulations on Harmful Flame Retardant to Boost Environmental Protection

Significant changes include the reduction of the Unintentional Trace Contaminant (UTC) limit for HBCDD from 100 mg/kg to 75 mg/kg in most uses.

21

March 2024

Critical Deadlines for Biocide Active Substance Renewals in Great Britain

This notice includes essential deadlines for the renewal of active substances under the GB Biocidal Products Regulation.

21

March 2024

EPA Seeks Expert Reviewers for 1,1-Dichloroethane Risk Evaluation

Nominations are to be submitted by 11 April 2024, marking a crucial phase in the evaluation process.

21

March 2024

HSE Reports Failings on Metalworking Fluids Usage

Metalworking fluids, also referred to as 'white water,' pose serious health risks when workers are exposed through inhalation or direct contact.

21

March 2024

EU Launches Public Consultation on Phthalates in Medical Devices

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the preliminary guidelines by submitting written comments.

21

March 2024

EU Sets New Standards to Protect Workers from Lead and Diisocyanates Exposure

The directive, effective from 13 March 2024, revises the existing occupational exposure and biological limit values for lead and its inorganic compounds.

19

March 2024

CoRAP 2024-2026: A Critical Step Towards Safer Chemical Use in the EU

The newly updated CoRAP list incorporates 11 substances that have never been evaluated under this scheme before.

19

March 2024

Defra Opens Public Consultations on RoHS Exemptions

These consultations, which are critical in shaping future policies, are open to stakeholders until 11:45 pm on 10 May 2024.

18

March 2024

Detailed Overview of the Asbestos Ban under the Biden-Harris Administration

The new regulations target the cessation of chrysotile asbestos use, which is prevalent in various products.

18

March 2024

UK Adopts Amendments to Biocidal Products Regulations

These amendments introduce modern testing methodologies, stress the reduction of vertebrate testing, and mandate pre-submission consultations with competent authorities.

18

March 2024

European Commission Updates Definition of Engineered Nanomaterials in Food Regulation

The new definition includes manufactured materials consisting of solid particles, with a significant portion (50% or more) having external dimensions within the nanoscale (1 nm to 100 nm).

15

March 2024

EPA Releases Preliminary Findings on Formaldehyde Risks, Invites Public Review

The draft highlights that the greatest risk of formaldehyde exposure occurs in workplaces where it is used without protective measures.

15

March 2024

Grace GmbH Challenges ECHA Over REACH Registration Data Approach

The dispute, catalogued as Case A-002-2024, revolves around ECHA's insistence on additional testing for lanthanum chloride, anhydrous.

15

March 2024

European Commission Mandates Development of Formaldehyde Guidelines

Formaldehyde, a volatile organic compound known for its preservative and adhesive properties, has been under scrutiny due to its potential health risks.

14

March 2024

EPA Updates Chlorpyrifos Regulations Following Court Decision

These amendments will permit the continued sale and distribution of existing stocks of these specified products until predetermined deadlines.

14

March 2024

European Commission Extends Deadline for Biocidal Substance Review to 2030

The extension to 2030 reflects the European Commission's commitment to conducting a thorough and meticulous review of biocidal substances.

14

March 2024

EU Unveils New Regulation to Bolster Safety of Plastic Food Contact Materials

The proposed update aims to intensify quality control measures under Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic Food Contact Materials (FCMs).

13

March 2024

EU Amends Cadmium Exemption in Electronics, Tightening Use in Quantum Dot LEDs

The new directive specifies that cadmium can be used in downshifting semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots directly deposited on LED chips.

13

March 2024

EU Commission Renews Approval for Hydrolysed Proteins as Low-Risk Active Substance

Hydrolysed proteins are integral to the EU's integrated pest management strategies.

11

March 2024

EU Moves to Align Fertilising Products' Biodegradability Criteria with REACH Microplastics Restrictions

By tightening biodegradability standards for fertilising products, the EU aims to set a precedent in reducing the release of harmful materials into our ecosystems.

8

March 2024

EU Commission Advances REACH Defence Dialogue

The strategy will improve EDA initiatives to address REACH issues, safeguarding defence innovation and readiness by early risk mitigation.

6

March 2024

EPA Announces Critical Updates on Streptomycin Usage

The EPA issued a Notice of Use Termination and an Existing Stocks Order for Time-Limited Use on Citrus Crop Group 10-10 for these products.

6

March 2024

CJEU Mandates Free Access to Harmonized Standards for REACH

The European Commission is now mandated to facilitate access to these requested harmonized standards.

5

March 2024

EPA Publishes Updated Risk Assessment for Malathion Highlighting No Human Health Risks

Malathion serves a critical role in agriculture and public health, targeting pests on a variety of plants and controlling mosquito populations.

4

March 2024

Proposal for New EU Directive on Environmental Protection Through Criminal Law

The proposed directive directly impacts several key EU chemicals legislations including REACH.

1

March 2024

EU Postpones Expiry Date for Indoxacarb's Biocidal Use to 2026

The latest postponement to 31 December 2026, addresses unforeseen challenges in the evaluation.

1

March 2024

EU Delays Expiry Date for Cholecalciferol Approval in Biocidal Products

Cholecalciferol is noted for its endocrine-disrupting properties, potentially causing adverse effects in humans.

1

March 2024

EPA Seeks Public Input on Formaldehyde Risk Evaluation Peer Reviewers

The public is encouraged to submit their comments and feedback on these candidates by 14 March 2024.

29

February 2024

EU Postpones Expiry Date for Rodenticide Approvals Amidst Comprehensive Evaluation

Originally due to expire on 30 June 2024, the approvals have been postponed to allow for a comprehensive review.

29

February 2024

EPA Seeks Experts for Critical Review of Phthalates Risk Evaluations

Both chemicals, commonly used as plasticizers in PVC, have similar physical properties and potential human and environmental exposure risks.

29

February 2024

HSE Publishes 2023 Achievements in REACH Registration Dossier Evaluations and the 3Rs

The report indicated that 53 valid dossiers for novel substances were submitted, with compliance checks completed on 29 (55%) by the end of the year.

28

February 2024

EPA Takes Action Against New England Companies for Pesticide Reporting Violations

The fines are as follows: Seaman Paper Company is fined $1,400, Ferti Technologies CT Corp $1,000, and Exoban, LLC $500.

28

February 2024

ECCA Challenges General Court's Decision on Plant Protection Products

The challenge is based on several legal grounds, highlighting perceived misinterpretations and procedural errors in the original judgment.

26

February 2024

European Commission Announces Public Hearing on Phthalates in Medical Devices

Interested participants are required to register by the 17 March, 2024, with the event operating on a first-come, first-served basis due to limited space.

26

February 2024

Urgent Deadlines Approaching for Active Substance Submissions and Renewals in GB

These submissions are crucial for maintaining the marketability and use of certain biocidal products within Great Britain.

26

February 2024

European Commission Proposes Regulation Amendment for Radish Leaves

Large radish leaves follow kale MRLs; small ones match Roman rocket's, due to different growth traits.

22

February 2024

EU MRL Revisions to Affect PPP Regulations in Northern Ireland

Stakeholders are advised to consult the EU MRL database to determine the impact on various commodities. Use Foresight.

22

February 2024

EPA Seeks Penalties for Unlawful Pesticide Sales in St. Louis

The EPA filed a complaint seeking $149,659 in civil penalties from Tommy Wilson for selling pesticides.

22

February 2024

Upcoming EU Active Substance Approval and Expiry Dates Critical for Northern Ireland Market

The upcoming deadlines underscore the importance of staying informed and taking necessary actions to comply with regulatory requirements.

21

February 2024

ECHA Publishes Screening Report on Diglyme

The report suggests no current risk from Diglyme in articles as it's unlikely present in cars, electronics, or plastics.

21

February 2024

EU General Court Upholds Cypermethrin Approval Amid Environmental Concerns

Since 2006, the EU-approved insecticide cypermethrin faces PAN Europe's challenge over EFSA's concerns for bees and aquatic life.

21

February 2024

RAC and SEAC Opinion on Creosote and Related Substances Published

The proposed restrictions are scheduled to take effect 12 months after their formal adoption.

20

February 2024

HSE Extends Expiry Dates for Biocidal Substances Until January 2027

Some of the notable substances with extensions include Copper (II) hydroxide, Hydrochloric acid, and Cholecalciferol.

19

February 2024

Legal Challenge Against EU Commission Over Abamectin Approval

PAN Europe argues that the Commission's decision violates the EU's precautionary principle.

18

February 2024

HSE Announces Withdrawal of Willaertia subsp. magna, C2c.Maky From Northern Ireland

Uses include products designed for controlling harmful organisms in industrial processes, such as water treatment and cooling systems.

16

February 2024

UK Government Publishes Substance Priorities for REACH Programme 2023 to 2024

The programme prioritises PFAS, focusing on assessing and potentially restricting its widespread use in consumer products.

15

February 2024

EPA Extends Deadline for Polymer Exemption Reporting

The new deadline is now set for 31 March 2024, offering relief to companies facing difficulties with the electronic reporting tool.

15

February 2024

EPA Unveils Method for Detecting PFAS in Plastic Containers

The novel method allows for the accurate detection and quantification of 32 PFAS compounds directly from the container walls.

15

February 2024

State of Play: EU Advances 'Farm to Fork' Strategy

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) reveals the current state of play of the strategy in a recent report.

14

February 2024

EPA Awards $10 Million to Oregon State University for Pesticide Safety Education

The $10 million funding, spanning five years from 2024 to 2029, is part of a broader effort to ensure the safe use of pesticides across the nation.

14

February 2024

EPA Announces Expert Panel for TCEP Risk Evaluation Peer Review

The EPA is also poised to conduct a virtual public meeting on 5 March 2024 where stakeholders can oral public comments.

14

February 2024

EPA Responds to Court Ruling on Dicamba Herbicide

The EPA issues an Existing Stocks Order which is specifically tailored for the 2024 growing season.

14

February 2024

UK Announces Non-renewal of Biocidal Product Approval

Affected companies with GB BPR product authorisations or Control of Pesticides Regulations product approvals will be contacted by the HSE.

14

February 2024

ECHA Unveils New Guidance to Shield Bees from Biocidal Threats

The newly released guidance offers a detailed approach for evaluating the risk that biocides, particularly insecticides and acaricides.

14

February 2024

ECHA Evaluates Stilbenesulfonic Acid Ditriazine Dyes for Regulatory Needs

The substances are primarily used as optical brighteners or whitening agents in the production of paper products and textiles.

12

February 2024

European Commission Proposes Ban on Use of Bisphenol A in Food Contact Materials

The draft strictly prohibits the use of BPA in the manufacture of food contact plastics, varnishes, coatings, printing inks and more.

9

February 2024

Regulatory Changes for Active Bromine Biocidal Products in Great Britain

The absence of support for these bromine-based product types means they are subject to removal from the GB market.

8

February 2024

EPA Introduces Finalised Revisions to TSCA Fees Rule

The finalised rule introduces reduced fees for EPA-initiated risk evaluations and new chemical submissions.

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February 2024

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