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Two of our scientific opinions have drawn a lot of media attention this spring. One of them was about the safety of recycled rubber granules that are widely used in artificial turf. The other was about the harmonised classification of glyphosate. It is now the European Commission’s turn to consider our scientific opinions and make risk management decisions on the substances. You can read more about both of these cases in this Newsletter.
Everyone agrees that testing chemicals on animals should be avoided whenever possible. However, it is still happening because chemicals regulations require some of these tests. How far away are we from making testing on animals a thing of the past? Two experts shared their views with us.
How can we identify harmful substances and make sure that their risks are managed if we don’t have enough information on their hazardous properties and uses? The answer is simple – we can’t. But we are not sitting back and waiting – we’ll tell you how sector associations are working with us to identify and address substances that matter the most and at the same time improve data quality.
We often receive questions from registrants related to forgotten REACH-IT usernames and passwords. Many are also not aware of where in REACH-IT you can find other companies registering the same substance. We give you some tips that will help you access REACH-IT and find your co-registrants.
Based on the scientific evidence available, ECHA’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) says that glyphosate is not a human carcinogen according to the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation’s criteria. But what exactly did they take into account?
The two-year transition period to comply with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP) is about to end. This means that all chemical products on the market need to be labelled with the new red and white diamond-shaped pictograms by 1 June 2017.
Whether you are planning a holiday by the pool or hiking in the middle of nowhere, toxic substances might be the last thing on your mind. Still, you are likely to come into contact with biocides during your vacation. Some biocides are helpful, but some we could do without. Here’s why.
For many years, sports players have been able to use all-weather pitches for football, rugby, lacrosse and gaelic sports. These playing surfaces often use rubber granules as infill. But are these granules safe? ECHA evaluated the health risks and our findings were published at the end of February 2017. The Commission is now deciding whether to take any further action. We spoke with Mark Blainey, Senior Scientific Officer in ECHA’s Risk Management Unit to ask what the findings in the report mean and what follow-up may be needed.
Consumers increasingly want products and services with a low environmental footprint and companies want to showcase their green credentials. But how do we know if one product or service is greener than another – and what does this have to do with REACH? We spoke with two experts who can answer these questions.
It is not easy to find safer alternatives to harmful substances that you make or use. It takes time, effort and commitment – and while we may have plenty of the latter, the first two commodities are often in short supply. So ChemSec, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Sweden, has launched an online marketplace for buyers and sellers of alternatives to hazardous chemicals. Could this help make your product safer?