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Did you know that the REACH and CLP regulations were developed to fulfil the European Union’s commitment to meeting the goal of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)? The goal, adopted in 2002, states that “by 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimise significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment”.
The sixth and final step to successfully register your chemicals by the 31 May 2018 deadline is to submit your dossier electronically through REACH-IT to ECHA. You will receive your registration number once ECHA verifies that your dossier is complete and that you have paid the invoice for the registration fee. After completing your REACH registration, you can continue to legally supply your chemicals on the EU market.
What if you no longer needed to install and manage IUCLID for your REACH registration, but could just work online? What if you were able to store your REACH data securely online with ECHA and access it from anywhere you want? This will be possible in 2017.
You know the symbols printed on a white background framed within a red border on product labels? These pictograms tell the user that the product may cause harm if it is not handled correctly. ECHA Newsletter explains what is behind the labels and why the hazard classification is sometimes harmonised.
To make it easier for poison centres to give advice in emergency situations, companies will need to put a unique formula identifier (UFI) on the labels of their hazardous mixtures. They will also have to give this identifier to the poison centres as part of the notification, which has to be in a harmonised format. The UFI generator is now available on ECHA’s Poison Centres’ website.
With a recent change in legislation, there are now more options for you to get an authorisation for your biocidal product when the same product has already been authorised. We asked Dr Marko Susnik from the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME) how the changes help small businesses.
From their ban on formaldehyde in wood coatings in 1993, through to the removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) from textiles in 2016, IKEA has a track record of removing hazardous chemicals from their products. We spoke to Charlott Jönsson, Team Manager of the Laws and Standards Chemistry Team at IKEA of Sweden AB, to find out more about the path IKEA has taken to ensure their products are safe for their customers.
Why did the European Commission decide to set up an observatory for nanomaterials instead of a registry? How will this affect you as a European consumer? Are nanomaterials actually dangerous? We spoke with Otto Linher, Deputy Head of the chemicals unit at Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission and Jukka Malm, the Deputy Executive Director at ECHA to get some clarity.
Today, we are more concerned about the effects of chemicals in our lives than ever before. According to our online questionnaire, over 1 000 people have told us that they want to know more about chemicals that cause cancer and chemicals in food. They also want to understand the effects of chemicals on children and their development. What would you like to know? Tell us, so we can make sure that our new website includes the information that you need.
Finding funding and getting your business started is not easy for a small start-up company. Add to that the complexity of trying to find a safer alternative to traditional chromium plating and you see the scale of the challenge. We spoke with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a Finnish start-up company Savroc, to find out what it takes to turn a promising green technology idea into a reality.
The time when the European textile industry was characterised by mass-market production is long gone. Today, it stands for high quality production which brings value to many business areas including fashion, automotive, construction and many other industries. We spoke with Mr Mauro Scalia, Manager of Sustainable Businesses at the non-profit trade organisation Euratex, to hear about this development and learn how REACH has affected the industry.