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Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2017

Predictions and Outlook for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) 2017 - 2016 was full of surprises, two of which will drive much of the agenda for OCSPP during 2017. First, Congress...more

New EU Disclosure Mandate for Proprietary Pesticide Data Has Serious Ramifications for Wider Chemical Industry

The European Union’s highest Court, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ” or the “Court”), issued two landmark judgments on November 23, 2016 with significant adverse implications for the proprietary data rights of pesticide...more

Draft REACH Guidance Documents for Nanomaterials Move to Next Consultation Step

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced in its December 14, 2016, ECHA Weekly that the following drafts for updated ECHA guidance on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)...more

Does ECHA’s Policy on Notifying Draft Compliance Decisions Breach REACH?

In November 2016, the European ChemicalsAgency (“ECHA”) Board of Appeal (“BoA”) published a decision in a case involving a compliance decision on benzaldehyde (“Contested Decision”). Following an appeal from the lead...more

EU to Evaluate Chemicals Used In Cosmetics for Potential New Regulations

Several substances used as ingredients for cosmetic and other consumer products will be evaluated for possible regulatory action in the European Union in the next three years. On 27 October 2016, the European Chemicals...more

ECHA Announces Signed Agreement for EU Observatory for Nanomaterials

On December 7, 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the signing of a delegation agreement between ECHA and the European Commission (EC) on the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EU-ON). According...more

ECHA Committee Adopts First Opinion Approving Nano Biocide

On October 13, 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that the Biocidal Products Committee adopted three opinions supporting the approval of active substances for use in biocidal products, including its first...more

ECHA Board of Appeal Annuls Four Decisions Requesting Substance Identity Information on a Nano Structured Substance

In cases A-008-2015, A-009-2015, A-010-2015, and A-011-2015, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Board of Appeal examined appeals against compliance check decisions made by ECHA requesting further substance identity...more

Biocides Stakeholders’ Day Addresses Important Issues

The fourth Biocides Stakeholders’ Day took place on September 1, 2016, at the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) headquarters in Helsinki, Finland. The event provided biocides stakeholders with information on the Biocidal...more

European Chemical Agency Publishes Call for Evidence on the Use of Formaldehyde Releasers

On July 6, 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a call for evidence from relevant stakeholders to gather information on the uses of formaldehyde releasers. ECHA intends to issue a report to inform the...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, July 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Launches Advisory Panels: On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched two advisory panels designed to facilitate small businesses to provide feedback to EPA...more

Chemicals Legislation Faces New Reforms in the UK, Europe and US post Brexit

Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on 22 June of this year. This Act, which came into immediate effect, amends the core provisions of the Toxic Substances Control...more

European Union Releases Criteria to Identify Endocrine Disruptors

On June 15, 2016, the European Union (E.U.) issued its long-awaited Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and Council (“Communication”) on endocrine disruptors. The Communication was accompanied by an...more

European Commission Publishes Chemicals Legislation Roadmaps

The European Commission published two evaluation and fitness check roadmaps in May this year. These roadmaps will assist the Commission in assessing whether the current legislative framework for chemicals, including REACH, is...more

ECHA Consults PEGs on Nanomaterial Guidance Documents

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently submitted several draft guidance documents concerning nanomaterials to Partner Expert Groups (PEG) for consultation. Following consultation with PEGs, ECHA will consult its...more

Proposed Harmonized Classification and Labeling Would Apply to Nanosized Titanium Dioxide

On May 31, 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) began a public consultation on a harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) proposal submitted by France for titanium dioxide. The proposed entry in Annex VI of the...more

SCOEL Discusses Nanomaterials during March Meeting

The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL) met on March 7-9, 2016. The meeting minutes include the following summary regarding SCOEL’s discussion of nanomaterials...more

ECHA Announces New Approach on Hazard Assessment for Nanoforms

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on March 23, 2016, a new publication co-authored with the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and Joint Research Center (JRC) that illustrates...more

EC Issues Final Report on the Sustainable Use of Biocides

On March 16, 2016, the European Commission (EC) issued its final report on the sustainable use of biocides. Article 18 of the European Union’s (EU) biocidal products regulation (BPR) directs the EC to issue a report on how...more

European Economic and Social Committee Publishes Opinion on Nanotechnology for a Competitive Chemical Industry

The February 24, 2016, Official Journal of the European Union includes the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on “Nanotechnology for a competitive chemical industry.” The opinion addresses...more

Notification of SVHCs in Finished Products

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently handed down a landmark judgment which clarifies when the notification obligations under REACH relating to substances of very high concern (SVHCs) apply. REACH requires...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, September 2015

EPA Releases TSCA Assessment Documents For Flame Retardant Chemicals: On August 18, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment three Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment documents...more

ECJ Interprets Rules of Jurisdiction for Cartel Damages Claims

The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has recently handed down a landmark judgment in the Hydrogen Peroxide case, confirming that cartel victims may jointly sue cartelists for damages in an EU Member State where only one of...more

Companies Appeal ECHA’s Requests for Information Concerning Nanoforms

The cases all concern silicic acid, aluminum sodium salt. The contested decisions were adopted December 17, 2014, following a compliance check under the dossier evaluation procedure of the submitted registration. In each...more

European Chemicals Agency Releases Practical Guide on Biocidal Products Regulation

Not a moment too soon, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released a useful and clearly written Practical Guide on Biocidal Products Regulation, ECHA-14-B-19-EN. ECHA is the European Union (EU) agency tasked with...more

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