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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.
12th December 2013

KEMI: Sport articles analysed

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) has analysed sport articles to see if they contain certain banned substances and to find out  if the companies provide the required information if the articles contain substances of very high concern.

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10th December 2013

Chemical hazards: state of play 6 years into REACH

The special report of the latest issue of HesaMag looks at workers’ exposure to chemical risks. Six years after the REACH Regulation came onto the books, is Europe’s chemicals market now kinder to health and the environment? HesaMag lets various involved professionals – mainly from the trade unions, NGOs and labour inspectorates – have their say. Knowing that the benefits of REACH to workers’ health cannot be gauged for years – not to say decades – they mostly give it a cautious but critical thumbs up.

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6th December 2013

The Swedish Chemicals Agency is collecting information about alternatives to creosote

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) is currently evaluating applications for authorisation of biocidal products containing creosote in Sweden. In this process, they are interested in obtaining information about alternatives to creosote. Creosote is primarily used as a wood preservative in power supply poles, telephone poles and railroad ties. Anyone who has information about alternatives is welcome to contact KEMI.

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An application to detect plastics in cosmetics

Launched by Plastic Soup Foundation and The North Sea Foundation, two Dutch NGOs, a new app allows consumers to find information about the presence of plastic microbeads in personal care products. The app now features five different languages.

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3rd December 2013

Conference on REACH and CLP implementation in Luxembourg

The REACH & CLP Helpdesk in Luxembourg organises a conference on the implementation of the REACH and CLP regulations and related future challenges on 5 December 2013 at the Chamber of Commerce Luxembourg. The conference addresses enterprises, authorities and consultancies active in the context of the two EU regulations.

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18th November 2013


A new project to present textile-specific substitution information on the SUBSPORT portal has been launched by Kooperationsstelle Hamburg. The project is financially supported for one year by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU, DBU is one of Europe’s largest foundations and promotes innovative and exemplary environmental projects. A new section of the SUBSPORT portal containing the project description and a flyer has been published here.

See also: DBU press release (in German)

16th October 2013

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: 14 November 2013, 9:00 – 17:00 (more…)

14th October 2013

Clariant launches new range of preservative blends to replace parabens

The Switzerland-based manufacturer and supplier of chemical specialities carries on its research and development on alternatives to parabens, with the aim to help decreasing the quantity of preservatives in cosmetic products. In a context of strong concerns in Europe regarding the impact on these substances on human health, Clariant’s strategy seems consistent with the market demand.

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10th October 2013

Norway prohibits PFOA in consumer products

The Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA) has amended its Product Regulations on consumer products to ban the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOA is a synthetic acid primarily used in the manufacturing of water-resistant products including textile, cookware, electronic equipment etc. The restriction applies to solid and liquid products as well as textiles. Dependent on the product, the enforcement dates start in June 2014.

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19th September 2013

ToxFox – a German tool to detect EDC’s in cosmetics

The German Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) launched an App for consumers to check if their cosmetics contain Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), on 24 July 2013. BUND is a German non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to preserving nature and protecting the environment. BUND is a member organisation of the international network Friends of the Earth (FoE).

EDC’s can be found in every cosmetic product category such as shower gel, sunscreen, lipstick, shaving foam, hair tinting lotion or deodorant. Because it is complicated for consumers to identify dangerous substances in the long ingredient lists, BUND provides the free iPhone App ToxFox.

ToxFox enables consumers to scan the barcode of the products right away in the store and get immediate information if the cosmetic contains endocrine disruptors. The system identifies products through their barcode, which can be different from country to country and might not work properly outside Germany, Austria or Switzerland. The service is only available in German. Those without an iPhone or Smart phone can use the tool via BUND’s website.

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