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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.
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: 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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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24th February 2014

Success with substitution – a new film from the Danish Ecological Council

The new film from the Danish NGO The Ecological Council presents two companies that have successfully substituted harmful substances:

  • KYMI has successfully substituted perchloroethylene with safer cleaning methods.
  • Tarkett has voluntarily removed endocrine disrupting phthalates in vinyl flooring.

The two companies profit from being first runners in substituting hazardous substances: “If you are a forerunner, you can get large market benefits out of it, so there’s no reason not to substitute, says Christel Schaldemose, Danish Member of the European Parliament in the film.

The film aims to inspire other companies to substitute hazardous substances and to profit from financial advantage and a better image by being a company which takes the lead.

Go to: (Danish with English subtitles)

21st February 2014

Analysis of alternatives for a group of phthalates

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has published a report about the “analysis of alternatives for a group of phthalates”. The report discusses alternatives for phthalates that are currently under discussion in REACH (Annex XIV and Candidate list). A set of criteria was developed to identify and assess some of the most relevant applications. Six (niche) applications of phthalates were selected: aero engine fan blades, propellants, insulation of indoor wires and cables, maleic anhydride, polypropylene catalysts, ceramic sheets and printing pastes of the automotive industry and alternatives identified. After broadly investigating potential alternatives, for every use category one alternative has been selected that is discussed in detail in terms of health and environmental impact, technical and economic feasibility, availability and timing, existing R&D activities and suitability.

Go to: (news in dutch) or the report (in English)

18th February 2014

Chemical Hazard Assessments of Alternative Plasticizers for Wire & Cable Applications

The Business and Academic Partnership Project Group of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) developed and piloted a new type of collaboration between companies and universities to evaluate safer alternatives to toxic chemicals. The goal was to generate robust assessments of alternatives to support chemical substitution decision-making by GC3 companies and their supply chain partners, through pooling of knowledge, data and funds. The model was developed through a pilot project focused on identifying and evaluating alternatives to a known toxic phthalate plasticizer in wire & cable applications — DEHP (Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate). The project report provides a summary of the project results and links to detailed chemical hazard assessments for nine plasticizers.

Go to: or the report

6th February 2014

Substitution of Hazardous Substances – Alternatives Identification and Assessment Training

The search for substitutes for hazardous materials and the assessment of the alternative substances are key steps of a substitution process and are the focus of this training. Guided by experienced trainers you will learn interactively in small groups about basic concepts and tools, which will be applied to practical examples. The training will be held in German.

Where: Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE GmbH, Humboldtstraße 67a, 22767 Hamburg
When: 20 March 2014, 9:00 – 17:00 (more…)

16th December 2013

ECHA updates the Candidate List for authorisation with seven new SVHCs

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) amended the Candidate List with seven new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) which are carcinogenic or toxic for reproduction. The Candidate List now contains 151 substances.

The updated list is also available on SUBSPORT as part of the Restricted and Priority Substances Database and can be searched along with 30 other lists using a common search function.

Go to: or SUBSPORT Restricted and Priority Substances Database


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