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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.
20th January 2016

Proposal for a national ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetic products

The Swedish Chemicals Agency has been assigned to produce a national programme of measures for highly fluorinated substances. As part of this task the Swedish Chemicals Agency has carried out a survey of the occurrence and use of highly fluorinated substances and alternative substances and materials. Highly fluorinated substances (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, PFAS) are used in many different articles and chemical products due to their attractive properties. They are repellent to water, grease, and dirt, temperature resistant and film-forming. However, other less desirable properties are their extreme persistence in the environment, and that several of them accumulate in living organisms and can be toxic.

The aim of the survey is to give a clearer picture of where highly fluorinated substances are currently used and what alternative substances, materials and technologies are available.

The survey is presented in this Report (English)

20th December 2015

Five new substances of very high concern added to the Candidate List

17.12.2015, The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains 168 substances. ECHA has added five new SVHCs to the Candidate List due to the carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction, persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties of the substances. The decision to include perfluorononan-1-oic acid and its sodium and ammonium salts was taken with the involvement of the Member State Committee.

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10th September 2015

One of four Body Lotions contains unwanted chemicals

The content of hazardous chemicals is particularly critical in body lotions because body lotions are a product that stays on the skin for many hours.

The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals has examined the list of ingredients on 54 body lotions on the Danish market, including many international brands. The examination reveals that 13 body lotions – 24% – contain unwanted substances. These substances are allergenic preservatives and substances which have shown endocrine disrupting effects in animal studies.

16 body lotions received the best possible marking, and 24 only received an average rating due to their content of perfume, perfumed substances or plant extracts which all are known allergens.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals are suspected to cause several ailments such as declining semen quality in boys and early puberty in girls.

The test results (in Danish) can be found here kemi.taenk.dk/bodylotion

More about the Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals work (in English) can be found here: http://kemi.taenk.dk/english

3rd July 2015

Chemical Management Guide for textiles

A new chemical management guide for textiles has been launched by ChemSec. The guide is a starting point for small and medium-sized textile enterprises to manage the chemicals present in their processes and products.

Chemical management is a three step process:
•    Find chemicals
•    Evaluate them
•    Act to replace the hazardous ones

All successful chemical substitution stories presented by the Chemical Management Guide are located at SUBSPORT.

Go to: http://textileguide.chemsec.org/

11th September 2014

A Serbian version of the GHS Column Model as an aid to selecting substitute substances is now available

Realised by the NGO ALHem – Safer Chemicals Alternative – the Serbian translation of the GHS Column Model is now freely availble on SUBSPORT and on the ALHem website. The Column Model is a simplified method to make a preliminary comparison between the risks of different substances and products and offer a quick judgment on the convenience of substitution. The developer of the GHS Column Model, the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance IFA, welcomes the fact that the method is now avaible for a wider user group. This collaboration was possible due to the Serbia Substitutes project, which was financed by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.

Go to: GHS Column Model description on SUBSPORT or www.alhem.rs or directly to the GHS Column Model in Serbian

2nd July 2014

Workplace chemicals: ETUI puts RISCTOX database online

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) has joined with the Spanish Trade Union Institute ISTAS to develop the RISCTOX chemicals database. Workers can now access data cards through the ETUI website on 100,000-odd chemicals, many thousands of which can cause cancer, allergies, disrupt the hormonal system or put the reproductive system at risk.

Each card specifies the chemicals classification and labelling under the regulations, its main work uses (solvent, cleaner, paint stripper, etc.), how it affects health, and the occupational diseases it causes.

Go to: www.etui.org or the RISCTOX database

23rd May 2014

Substitution of hazardous chemicals – regulation-driven innovation

Substitution of hazardous chemicals is a fundamental measure to reduce risks to human health and the environment and policy instruments are a major driver for substitution and consequently impact innovativeness of industry. To address this topic the Public Research Centre Henri Tudor and the REACH&CLP Helpdesk Luxembourg offer a conference on 26 June 2014 at the Chambre of Commerce Luxembourg addressing especially small and medium sized enterprises. SUBSPORT will present tools to support substitution in practice.

Go to: www.tudor.lu

15th May 2014

Alternatives Identification and Assessment Trainings in Belgrade/Serbia

In the context of the Serbia Substitutes project two training sessions based on the SUBSPORT training concept will be held on 20 and 21 May 2014 in Belgrade. Two trainers from SUBSPORT partners will realise the sessions in collaboration with the Serbian NGO ALHem.

Go to: www.alhem.rs

21st March 2014

Soy-Based Adhesives Mussel Out Formaldehyde to Meet New Regulations

Formaldehyde-free plywood panels can be manufactured using soy-based adhesives. The United Soybean Board (USB) developed and commercialized this technology resulting in the sale of more than 50 million formaldehyde-free plywood panels. This technology can be a cost saving solution to meet new rules proposed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The proposed EPA rules set limits on how much formaldehyde may be released from engineered woods.

Go to: www.soynewuses.org

25th February 2014

Anti-chemical exposure legislation adopted to better protect workers from hazardous chemicals

The European Commission welcomed the definitive adoption by the EU’s Council of Ministers of measures to better protect workers from risks linked to exposure to chemicals at the workplace. The new directive amends five existing EU health and safety directives on protection of workers from exposure to harmful chemicals to align them with the latest rules on classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals (Regulation (EC) 1272/2008). The new directive has been the subject of two rounds of consultation of employer and trade union representatives at EU level as well as discussions in the Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (ACSHW). To assist employers and workers in managing the practical implications of the new system for chemical packaging and labelling, the Commission has published some guidance materials, available free of charge (here).

Go to: europa.eu

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