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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.
6th December 2013

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.

Go to: www.premiumbeautynews.com or www.beatthemicrobead.org

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.

Go to: www.tudor.lu

18th November 2013

SUBSPORT Textile

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, www.dbu.de). 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.

Go to: www.premiumbeautynews.com

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.

Go to: www.svw.no

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.

Go to: www.edc-free-europe.org  or to the tool www.bund.net

19th July 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: 12 September 2013, 9:00 – 17:00 (more…)

17th June 2013

5th global Helsinki Chemicals Forum

The 5th global Helsinki Chemicals Forum will take place on 18-19 June 2013 in Helsinki, Finland. The Helsinki Chemicals Forum is an independent forum engaging international authorities, politicians, industry leaders, NGOs, academics and the media in an open dialogue on key issues of global relevance regarding chemicals policy and the control of chemicals safety. The Helsinki Chemicals Forum is organised by the Chemicals Forum Association, in co-operation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Commission, the European Chemical Industry Council CEFIC and the Finnish Government.

The 5th Helsinki Chemicals Forum will focus on chemical safety, based on the following five panel discussions:

Panel 1: The 2020 Goals and the Sound International Management of Chemicals
Panel 2: Chemicals in Products
Panel 3: Regulation of Nano-Materials
Panel 4: Listing Chemicals of Concern
Panel 5: Combination Effects

Go to: www.helsinkicf.eu

24th May 2013

“Substitution under REACH – authorisation procedure or substitution?” workshop organised by the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)

The German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) organised a workshop “Substitution under REACH – authorisation procedure or substitution?”, which took place in Dortmund, on 25 April 2013. The workshop focused on the challenges posed on companies using substances subject to authorisation. Rémi Lefevre from the European Commission, DG Environment advised participants to look at the cost of developing alternatives verses the cost of applying for authorisation. Lothar Lissner from SUBSPORT was invited to present SUBSPORT – the portal to support companies in substitution.

The presentations can be found at the BAuA Website (German).

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