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Swedish government to toughen the regulations on preservatives in cosmetics

The Swedish government has recently organized a public consultation after the Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi) issued a report on preservatives. Thus, a certain amount of demands have emerged aiming at a harsher regulation on the presence of some preservatives deemed problematic in cosmetic products. The Swedish government wonders what measures to implement (or not). Read more...

Endocrine disruptors: the European Commission adopts a controversial definition

The European Commission, in charge of the official definition for endocrine disruptors to be able to regulate them, presented its proposal on Tuesday 4 July 2017. The definition has changed very little compared to the previous version presented on 15 June 2016, much to the discontent of some Member States as well as many NGOs and scientific fields, who believe that the proposal will not help to efficiently protect the health of Europeans.


New regulation on conflict minerals: how to comply?

As you know, the European regulation on conflict minerals was published on 17 May 2017. It came into force on 8 July 2017. From the 1st January 2021, any European importer of gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten will have to have a management system for its supply chain. In other words, they will have to ensure that the imported metals and minerals have not been used to finance armed groups in conflict areas.


4 registration dossiers revoked by ECHA

Be careful: during the REACH registration dossier assessment, once submitted, ECHA may revoke certain dossiers deemed inadequate. The Agency recently revoked four REACH registration dossiers considered as incomplete or breaching the « one substance, one registration » principle. What are the dossier assessment methods, and what is the criteria according to which ECHA can refuse registration dossiers?


Do all SMEs have to register under REACH?

Above 1 tonne per year, registration under REACH is mandatory for every manufacturer or importer of chemicals in the European Union. To be able to register before the 31st of May 2018, a pre-registration has to have been made before the 31st of May 2017. Otherwise, an inquiry process is necessary in order to be able to register. However, a number of SMEs still considers the price of registering too high for their structure.


REACH Authorisation VS substitution

The REACH Authorisation procedure was recently criticised by NGO ChemSec due to the number of authorisations granted by ECHA in 2016. In these conditions, can REACH authorisation really be considered as favourable to hazardous substance substitution? For Applications for Authorisation, which Good Practices are being implemented for substance substitution and for the Analysis of Alternatives? EcoMundo unravels this touchy subject.