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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

NanoMONITOR Begins Survey to Refine Design of Real-Time Information and Monitoring System

NanoMONITOR announced on May 3, 2017, the launch of a survey intended to refine the design of the real-time information and monitoring system to support the risk assessment of nanomaterials under the Registration, Evaluation,...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

EPA reveals first 10 chemicals to be reviewed under a more robust toxic substances act

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On November 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the first 10 chemicals that it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), 15...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

Company Announces First REACH Registration of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 13, 2016, OCSiAl announced that it is the first manufacturer of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) to complete Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registration....more

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

Brexit: Implications for Environmental Law

by Reed Smith on

The consequences of Brexit for the environment and environmental laws barely featured in pre-referendum campaigning. Given that a great deal of UK environmental law emanates from Brussels, a lot of recent commentary has...more

The White House Final Greenhouse Gas Guidance Directs Federal Agencies to Consider Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 1, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality published its final guidance to federal agencies requiring the consideration of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and effects on climate change when evaluating...more

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

by King & Spalding on

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

EC Denies 2014 Petition Seeking EU-Wide Ban on Nanoparticles

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 29, 2016, the European Commission (EC) provided a notice to the European Parliament regarding its response to a 2014 petition calling for a European Union (EU)-wide ban on microplastics and nanoparticles. The...more

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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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 Commission Publishes Chemicals Legislation Roadmaps

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

China's New Chemical Substance Notification Guideline

by Dentons on

On March 06, 2016, China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) submitted a proposed draft rule on chemical substances, the Guidance for New Chemical Substance Notification and Registration (Draft) (2016 Guidelines) to...more

EC Publishes Inception Impact Assessment Concerning Possible REACH Annex Amendments for Registration of Nanomaterials

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission (EC) published an inception impact assessment concerning “Possible amendments of Annexes to REACH for registration of nanomaterials.” According to the inception impact assessment,...more

REACH Enforcement: Notes from ANSI Chemical Network Presentation

On January 21, 2016, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) hosted a presentation on enforcement under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation. The topics covered...more

EU Publishes Regulation Regarding REACH Joint Submission of Data and Data Sharing

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 6, 2016, the European Union (EU) published its Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/9 regarding the joint submission of data and data sharing under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and...more

Notification of SVHCs in Finished Products

by DLA Piper on

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

Highest EU Court: REACH SVHC Thresholds Apply at Component – Not Product – Level

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a break from European Commission and prevailing industry interpretations, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held on September 10, 2015 that REACH concentration thresholds for substances of very high concern (SVHCs) that...more

European Court rules on controversial REACH ‘substances in articles’ case, extending aspects of EU chemical law compliance to the...

by Reed Smith on

In what is a salutary reminder that published European Chemicals Agency (“ECHA”) guidance cannot necessarily always be relied upon to provide an authoritative interpretation of the requirements of the EU’s REACH chemicals...more

European Companies Appeal ECHA Titanium Dioxide Decision

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published on November 3, 2014, an announcement of appeal of a June 17, 2014, contested decision following a compliance check of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction...more

ECHA Releases Data Sharing Dispute Decisions under REACH and BPR

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently released 25 decisions on data sharing disputes under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program and two decisions on data sharing...more

OSPAR Commission's Harmonized Offshore Chemical Notification Format

The OSPAR Commission's (OSPAR) Harmonized Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF) is of paramount importance for a wide range of personnel, including chemical manufacturers and product manufacturers whose products are...more

ECHA provides further guidance on substance identity to ensure compliant dossiers

by K&L Gates LLP on

REACH requires manufacturers, importers and only representatives registering a substance to provide extensive and correct information on substance identity in the registration dossier. The European Chemicals Agency (“ECHA”)...more

European NGOs Publish Position Paper on the Regulation of Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Earlier this month, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and its European partners published a position paper on the regulation of nanomaterials at a meeting of the European Union (EU) competent authorities....more

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