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Autumn kicks off with the big biocides event of the year. The Biocides Stakeholders’ Day takes place on 26 September in Helsinki. You will get the latest news from us and have a chance to hear from companies and national authorities. If you aren’t coming to Helsinki, the event will be web streamed so you can follow it online. On 27 September, an IT tool training on how to use R4BP 3, IUCLID and the SPC Editor will take place.
Thanks to REACH and CLP, the amount of information available on chemicals is increasing. As a result, chemicals of potential concern can be better identified. But what do we do when our scientists suspect that a chemical may be of concern, but there is insufficient data to make a judgement? How do we manage the risks?
Arsenic trioxide used to be one of the most important chemicals used in Murano, Italy to create their world-famous artistic glass. However, the substance was included in the Authorisation List in February 2012 with a sunset date on 21 May 2015. The glassmakers had to make a difficult decision – to apply for authorisation or to substitute. They opted for the latter. We spoke to Giorgio Cipolla, Coordinator of surveillance activities at the REACH Regional System, to ask about the impact that the substance’s removal has had on the region.
A biocidal active substance that is generated where it is used is called an “in situ generated” active substance. If yours is not being evaluated under the Review Programme, but you notified it in 2016, then the next step is to submit an active substance application to ECHA. This must be done within two years of the acceptance of your notification. Read what to keep in mind when preparing your application.
Chemicals are the building blocks for all life. All living organisms – including people, animals and plants – are made of them.
The chemicals that make up our bodies come almost exclusively from food. The chemicals in our food are largely harmless and are even essential and desirable – for example, nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats and fibre are composed of chemical compounds. These chemicals contribute both to a rounded diet and to our eating experience by affecting how our food tastes, smells and feels.
Things are changing in the US with talk of 30 % cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). What does that mean for chemicals and the US-Europe cooperation? We met with Jim Jones, the former Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety at the US EPA, to discuss the political changes in the US, the reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the future for chemical safety.
We are all exposed to a complex mixture of chemicals at home, at work, in the products we buy, the food we eat and in the water we drink. A new joint initiative by the European Commission and 26 countries, co-funded under Horizon 2020, will use human biomonitoring to better understand how we are being exposed to chemicals and how our health might be impacted.
When it comes to safety assessment of chemicals, we need to find a balance between ethics and science. We need to make sure that the pace of development, acceptance of new methodologies by regulators and promotion of education all go hand-in-hand to make most of the momentum started in Europe that is being embraced worldwide.
Looking for a marketing edge in challenging times? Don’t overlook how important safer chemicals and products are to an increasing number of consumers. A new European study of almost 28 000 people in 28 countries shows that 65 % are concerned about being exposed to hazardous chemicals. That’s a big market.