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REACH Exemptions 2016

What is REACH? REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) is the system for controlling chemicals in Europe. It became law in the UK on 1 June 2007. One of the biggest changes REACH brings about is to move away from concentrating only on chemicals we already know are …

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Singapore RoHS 2016

In August 2016, the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) in Singapore published the amendment of the second schedule of Environmental Protection and Management Act (known as Singapore RoHS or SG RoHS). The amendment is adapted from EU RoHS 2 and will restrict 6 hazardous substances in some …

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Insights from the International SAP Conference on Environment, Health and Safety Management in Amsterdam

On June 24-25, “International SAP Conference on Environment, Health, andSafety (EHS) Management” took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. More than120 participants – in the majority European SAP customers together withpartners and experts – discussed best practices and strategies to manage todaysand upcoming EHS challenges. For product safety and stewardship for …

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EU drafts conflict minerals regulation

On March 5th 2014 the EU proposed an integrated EU approach to stop profits from trading minerals being used to fund armed conflicts. The approach was presented by Catherine Ashton (HR of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht. Find more information …

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ECHA started the public consultation for 10 SVHCs

The European Chemical Agency started the public consultation and is looking for comments from the industry on 10 new substances and substance groups. Cadmium and Cadmum oxide are included as is already the case for RoHS. Substances are proposed because they are of concern for the environment, toxic, persistent, bioaccumulative …

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EU Releases REACH SVHC Roadmap

On February 6, 2013, the EU Commission released the Roadmap on Substances of Very High Concern. The document says that in 2011, the EU committed to have 136 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) on the REACH candidate list by end of 2012. This commitment was met in December 2012 …

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Cobalt Salts and REACH SVHC

Some cobalt salts (cobalt sulphate, cobalt dichloride, cobalt di-nitrate, cobalt carbonate and cobalt di-acetate) were not included in the draft regulation in preparation by the European Commission to add new substances to REACH Annex XIV. These salts are used amongst other in surface treatment processes, but there are many other …

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EU: Results of Public Consultation on Sustainable Consumption

In December 2012 the European Commission published the results of the public consultation on Delivering more Sustainable Consumption and Production. The consultation aimed to gather opinions on possible EU wide measures related to Sustainable Consumption and Production, Green Public Procurement (GPP), the Environmental Footprint of Products (PEF) and the Environmental …

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Bisphenol A under attack

Bisphenol A remains under regulatory pressure worldwide.  France is amongst the first countries to expand the ban on use of bisphenol A to all food contact materials as of 1 Jan 2015.  Numerous countries already banned the use of bisphenol A in infant food contact products.  On 25 January 2013, …

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EU Commission opens RoHS exemption consultation

New RoHS stakeholder consultation online! This stakeholder consultation runs for eight weeks from 21.12.2012 to 15.02.2013 and covers three exemption requests: Exemption request 17a “Lead in glass of electronic components and fluorescent tubes, or in electronic ceramic parts (including dielectric ceramic capacitors) used in industrial monitoring & control instruments (only …

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ECHA Candidate List now containing 138 SVHCs

Since October 2012, 54 additional substances have been under discussion to join the SVHC candidate list. Now ECHA has added all 54 substances to the actual 84 candidates. The actual list can be found on the official ECHA website. Moreover, 10 additional substances are recommended by ECHA to join Annex …

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Öko-Institut evaluates four new exemptions under RoHS

New RoHS stakeholder consultation online! An online stakeholder consultation starts today 09 November 2012 and will run 12 weeks until 01 February 2012. It covers 4 RoHS exemption requests. Please find all corresponding information in the Consultationsection. This stakeholder consultation runs for twelve weeks from 09.11.2012 to 01.02.2013 and covers …

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What is the IEC Standard 62474 for the material declaration?

The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the world’s leading organization for the preparation and publication of International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. The standard 62474 defines the ‘Material Declaration for Products of and for the Electrotechnical Industry’, published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and can be …

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EPA penalties for wrong chemical data reporting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued complaints seeking civil penalties against three companies for alleged violations of chemical reporting and record-keeping requirements. The requirements, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), require companies to submit accurate data about the production and use of chemical substances manufactured or imported …

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