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EC Officially Adopts EDC Identification Criteria For BPR, and Other Recent BPR Developments

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EC Officially Adopts EDC Identification Criteria For BPR: On September 4, 2017, the European Commission (EC) issued a press release entitled “Endocrine disruptors: adoption of scientific criteria for biocides.” The EC’s press...more

Cefic Provides Circular Economy Comments On EC’s Stakeholder Consultation, and Other Recent REACH Developments

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Cefic Provides Circular Economy Comments On EC’s Stakeholder Consultation: In July, the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) provided comments in response to the European Commission’s (EC) “Stakeholder Consultation...more

Six things to know about glyphosate

by DLA Piper on

Glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, is under scrutiny by media and plaintiff groups amid recent reports that it is potentially carcinogenic. A key ingredient in consumer and industrial...more

ClientEarth Files Complaint with EU Ombudsman over EC Catalog of Nanomaterials Used in Cosmetic Products

ClientEarth announced on July 31, 2017, that it filed a complaint with the European Union (EU) Ombudsman about the European Commission’s (EC) “unlawful handling of a long-delayed list of nano-chemicals in cosmetics.” As...more

EC Publishes NanoData Landscape Compilation Reports

On June 8, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published eight NanoData Landscape Compilation reports. The EC states that the reports offer a snapshot of the environment for nanotechnology in different application fields:...more

ECHA Announces Two Decisions on Appeals Related to Nanomaterials

On June 30, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Board of Appeal published two decisions related to nanomaterials. In the July 5, 2017, issue of ECHA Weekly, ECHA states that the Board of Appeal “largely upheld the...more

ECHA Launches EU Observatory for Nanomaterials

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On June 14, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the launch of the European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON). ECHA states that EUON “offers a unique web-based information point with factual and...more

ECHA Committee Concludes Titanium Dioxide Should Be Classified as Suspected of Causing Cancer When Inhaled

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 9, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) “concluded that the available scientific evidence meets the criteria in the [Classification, Labeling and Packaging...more

Minamata Convention to Take Effect in August, Restricting the Production and Usage of Mercury Worldwide

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On May 17, the European Union and seven EU member states ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, pushing past the 50-state threshold needed for its entry into force. The treaty – the most recent of the global...more

ECHA Publishes REACH Guidance for Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on May 24, 2017, publication of five documents that it intends to help registrants preparing dossiers that cover nanoforms ahead of the 2018 registration deadline under the...more

ECHA Creates Web Page for Nanomaterials Expert Group

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has created a web page for the Nanomaterials Expert Group (NMEP), which was created in October 2012. NMEP aims to seek common ground among experts on scientific and technical issues...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 3

by Jones Day on

FDA Amends Waivers to Sanitary Transportation Rule - On April 6, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") notified industry regarding the amendment of waivers available under the Sanitary Transportation of Human...more

ECHA Board of Appeal Annuls Contested Decision Concerning Titanium Dioxide

On March 2, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that its Board of Appeal issued its decision in Case A-011-2014, which concerns a Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)...more

Report Claims OECD Dossiers on Nanomaterials Are of “Little to No Value”

On February 23, 2017, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) issued a press release announcing a new report, commissioned by CIEL, the European Environmental Citizens’ Organization for Standardization (ECOS),...more

Another Draft REACH Guidance Document on Nanomaterials Moves to CARACAL for Review

According to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website, the draft Guidance on information requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment: Appendix R7-1 Recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to Chapter R7a Endpoint...more

Submission To The House Of Commons’ Environmental Audit Select Committee Concerning The Future Of Chemicals Regulation After The...

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s current Brexit inquiry is examining the potential impacts on REACH and the chemicals sector. This inquiry, which has attracted a wide number of responses from across...more

Draft REACH Guidance Documents on Nanomaterials Move to CARACAL for Review

According to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website, several Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) guidance documents concerning nanomaterials have moved to the next step in the...more

EU Legislative Outlook 2017: At A Glance

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Sixty years ago in March, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany signed the Treaty of Rome, creating the economic union that today is the European Union (EU). The founding nations perhaps never...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update – December 2016

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for December 2016. Please see full...more

Committees Reviewing Draft Appendix on Recommendations for Nanomaterials Applicable to the Guidance on Registration

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 13, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) sent the draft appendix on recommendations for nanomaterials applicable to the guidance on registration to the Forum, Member State Committee, and Risk Assessment...more

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

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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?

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

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

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