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10th March 2016
Bisphenol A – Recommendations for risk management
The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) published Recommendations for Bisphenol A (BPA) risk management.
New studies suggest that BPA exposure can lead to the development of food allergies and have adverse effects on resistance to infection at lower doses than anticipated by the current European. Neonates, infants and young children are particularly susceptible to such immunological effects of BPA exposure.
The RIVM concludes that this new data warrants a reconsideration of the current standards and of the health concerns for consumers, patients and workers, who may be exposed to BPA and recommends taking supplementary measures in the near future for a further reduction of BPA exposure.
Go to: www.rivm.nl or download the report
29th February 2016
Economic benefits of substitution – The bigger picture
A new publication by ChemSec shows how chemical regulation creates opportunities for many progressive companies. Safer products not only have the advantage of remaining safe from potential future regulations, but are also increasingly requested by consumers and other stakeholders. The report presents several companies that offer not only safer, but also better products using non-hazardous chemicals and points out that substitution is a true driver for innovation, and can bring additional benefits.
Go to the publication
24th February 2016
Bisphenol A (BPA) classified as toxic
The EU Commission and EU Member States agreed to the classification of bisphenol A (BPA) from suspected to presumed human reproductive toxicant (category 1B).
BPA is considered by many scientists to be an endocrine disrupting chemical. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse effects mainly linked with hormonal, fertility and developmental disorders.
The new classification is important as if a substance is classified as a category 1 reproductive toxicant, it can be nominated, as a substance of very high concern (SVHC). Listing of a substance as an SVHC is the first step in the procedure for restriction of its use and results in more stringent regulatory measures.
Go to: chemicalwatch.com
22nd February 2016
Pesticide Action Week 2016
The 11th edition of Pesticide Action takes place from 20 – 30 March with a specific focus on health and pesticide free towns. Biodiversity, natural gardening, organic food, and agricultural techniques will be highlighted but the main focus will be on the impacts of pesticides on health and promoting alternatives. The Pesticide Action Week is an annual and international event, open to everyone.
The public is invited to get better informed about the sanitary and environmental challenges caused by pesticides and learn more about possible alternatives to pesticides by taking part in one of the hundreds of organised activities: conferences, panel discussions, film showings, workshops, open days at organic farms, information stands, exhibitions, shows.
Go to: semaine-sans-pesticides.fr
18th February 2016
20 Italian textile suppliers announced their commitment to Detox
20 companies from the Italian Prato textile district have signed up to the Greenpeace Detox campaign, which commits them to phasing out 11 chemical classes of concern, by 2020. They have set a list of all hazardous chemicals they should have eliminated from the supply chain by 2020 and have also defined shorter timelines to remove problematic hazardous chemicals including poly- and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).
The agreement will affect over 13 thousand tons of yarn and raw materials as well as over 13 million meters of fabric every year.
The Prato-based companies have already removed several hazardous chemical groups required by the Detox campaign, including brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, organotins, and amines associated with azo.
The suppliers join six major Italian textile companies, which signed up to the Detox campaign in 2014.
Go to: www.greenpeace
8th February 2016
Why opt for substitution
Replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives can bring substantial benefits to the company, the environment and the health of workers and consumers – all good reasons to substitute them. ECHA and a group of accredited stakeholder organisations have organised a series of webinars aiming to inspire companies to substitute hazardous chemicals and explain how it can be done. All webinars include examples of real life substitution projects. The first webinar took place on 22. September 2015. The entire webinar can be watched here.
To access the presentations go to: echa.europa.eu
25th January 2016
France considers chemical substitution law
The green ecological party EELV in France introduced a proposal for a law in the French National Assembly to incentivise companies to substitute hazardous chemicals.
The proposal, known as DETOX, would create a list of hazardous chemicals that manufacturers, importers and users in France would have to report on every two years to the National Institute for Industrial Environment Risks.
The bill aims to encourage French companies to substitute the hazardous chemicals for less harmful substances through financial incentives, such as favourable tax measures.
The DETOX proposal still has to be considered in the upper house of the French parliament. If passed by both houses it would then need to be signed by the president and prime minister before becoming law.
Go to the DETOX proposal in French (Proposition de Loi)
Press release (French or English)
20th January 2016
Webinar – The Agenda to Mainstream Green Chemistry: What it Says and What it Means in Practice
On Monday, January 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM ET, the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) presents a webinar on its Agenda to Mainstream Green Chemistry.
GC3 seeks to gain a more in-depth understanding of the drivers and barriers to green chemistry, and to recommend steps to accelerate its growth so that all chemistry becomes green chemistry.
The Agenda to Mainstream Green Chemistry is the result of literature reviews, in-depth original research, interviews, a survey of GC3 members, lessons from the GC3’s first decade of bringing together practitioners and enablers (policy-makers, researchers, and advocates) of green chemistry, and input from an advisory committee comprised of business, government, academic, and not-for-profit leaders. This webinar will discuss the contents of the Agenda, including the strategies required to mainstream green chemistry and the short term actions the GC3 will take to make this happen.
Download the Agenda to Mainstream Green Chemistry
Go to: www.greenchemistryandcommerce.org
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.