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In the news section, we will highlight initiatives and strategies for substitution, events as well as relevant news on chemical regulation. News will be provided in English and in German.
24th November 2010

Guide on “How to Notify Substances in the Classification and Labelling Inventory”

According to Article 40.3 of the EU Regulation 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, substances placed on the market on or after 1 December 2010 shall be notified within one month after their placing on the market. Since the first notification deadline is approaching – first deadline is 3 January 2011 – the European Chemicals Agency (ECA) has published a guide that explains who should notify, in which situations and which are the steps of the procedure. The guide is available in 22 languages of the European Union Member States here.

Go to: English version (pdf document)

27th October 2010

Environmental Policy Forum – Paths towards the Use of Safer Chemicals

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) announce their next Environmental Policy Forum in Brussels on October 28, 2010. The aim of this forum is to compare approaches in the EU and the US to fostering the substitution of hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives. (more…)

25th October 2010

ETUC and EMCEF as REACH Ambassadors in Companies

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Chemical Workers’ Federation (EMCEF) are launching an extensive information campaign aimed at companies that market or use chemicals. The two European organisations plan to draw on all their member organizations and their thousands of elected representatives in companies in Europe to raise awareness on employers’ obligations under REACH and the Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. An information leaflet aimed at workers’ representatives is downloadable in 22 languages.

Go to: hesa.etui-rehs.org

5th October 2010

Global Product Strategy. ICCA Guidance on Chemical Risk Assessment

The 150 pages guide on chemical risk assessment was developed by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) so that companies with limited experience and resources will master basic principles, enabling them to implement appropriate risk evaluation and management.

Go to: ICCA Guidance on Chemical Risk Assessment (pdf document) or www.icca-chem.org

4th October 2010

Search for Substitution Examples

To start the search for substitution case studies, the project team began to contact stakeholders and company representatives from European countries as well as international contacts. In case you are experienced in substitution and willing to let others benefit from your expertise, your knowledge and achievements may be included in the SUBSPORT database. We kindly ask you to contact us.

30th September 2010

UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum: A Guide to Substitution

This guide was published in August 2010 by the UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum which is part of the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It provides an easily accessible introduction to the process of substitution and has been produced in order to influence stakeholder behaviour both at a national and international level in all parts of the supply chain. It will be of value to all those who wish to promote sustainable consumption and production.

Go to: A Guide to Substitution (pdf document) or www.defra.gov.uk

16th September 2010

Safer Product Alternatives Analysis: Methods, Models and Tools

This report was prepared by the University of California Santa Barbara in August 2010 with the objective of identifying and evaluating existing tools, standards, methods and models for assessing and comparing alternatives, focusing on chemicals of concern in consumer products. (more…)

9th September 2010

SUBSPORT Expert Committee agrees on the List of 10 Priority Substances for Comprehensive Search for

A selection of priority substances that will be studied comprehensively regarding substitution possibilities has been agreed with the SUBSPORT Expert Committee at its first meeting in September 2010, in Copenhagen. Detailed descriptions of substitution cases for these substances will be offered in the SUBSPORT database, along with examples of substitution for many other substances, for which more general information will be given. (more…)

2nd September 2010

Nine New POPs – Amendments of Stockholm Convention entered into force on 26 August 2010

In May 2009 nine substances have been added under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. At the expiry of one year after the communication the amendments adopted by the Conference of the Parties entered into force on 26th August 2010. (more…)

26th July 2010

Risk Assessment in the Use of Dangerous Substances: European Campaign

SLIC, the European Union Senior Labour Inspectors Committee, with the support of the European Commission, is organising an inspection and communication campaign to improve working conditions associated with the use of dangerous substances in the workplace. The 2009-2010 SLIC Campaign which runs from January 2010 to March 2011 covers the following sectors of activity: wood transformation and furniture production, vehicle maintenance, cleaning (including dry-cleaning and industrial cleaning) and bakeries. The campaign’s target audience are employers, workers and worker representatives of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Its preferential focus is on companies employing up to 50 workers.

Go to: www.chemicalscampaign.eu

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