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Inspectors find phthalates in toys and asbestos in second-hand products

Hundreds of consumer products with illegal amounts of restricted chemicals


The project report shows a relatively high number of products on the European market containing chemicals that are restricted under REACH. Inspectors in 27 European countries checked 1 009 mixtures, 4 599 articles and 17 substances. Overall, out of 5 625 targeted product checks, 18 % did not ...


REACH is the dominant driver for substitution - more action is needed


The REACH Regulation and other EU policies coupled with market forces have created strong drivers to avoid the use of very hazardous substances in the EU. To accelerate identifying very hazardous substances and substituting them with safer alternatives, the report recommends improving the ...


Progress in the use of alternatives to animal testing


ECHA's second report to the European Commission on the use of alternative methods under REACH shows an increase in the use of these methods. The report's analysis is based on over 38,000 registration dossiers submitted for the 2010 and 2013 registration deadlines. According to the report, most ...


ECHA launches a new public consultation on proposals for harmonised classification and labelling for four pesticides and a fire-preventing agent


ECHA invites the parties concerned to comment on five new proposals for harmonised classification and labelling (CLH): Isoxaflutole, Tembotrione, Metosulam, Potassium sorbate and Tetrakis(2,6-dimethylphenyl)-m-phenylene biphosphate. The public consultation will be open for 45 days and will end on ...


Substance evaluation starts under REACH: The first list of substances published


The first Community Rolling Action plan (CoRAP) addresses 90 substances that are suspected of posing risk to human health or the environment. The CoRAP list has been prepared in close cooperation with the Member States, taking into account the agreed risk based criteria for the selection of ...


The Committee for Risk Assessment Agrees Opinions on Harmonised Classification and Labelling for Three Chemical Substances


The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) of ECHA has adopted opinions on the proposals for classification and labelling across Europe of three chemical substances as carcinogen, mutagen or toxic for reproduction The substances are: - Indium phosphide: The classification is currently not ...


ECHA starts to publish information on safe use of chemicals for citizens


The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published on its website hazard and safe-use information on chemical substances that have been registered. Over time, this growing database will permit citizens to make well informed decisions about the use of chemicals or articles containing chemicals ...


ECHA states REACH-IT and Helpdesk availability at year end


ECHA will use the Christmas break for a major upgrading of the REACH-IT submission system, which will be closed from the lunchtime of 14 December 2009 to 3 January 2010 inclusive. The Helpdesk and ECHA’s offices will be closed from 24 December to 3 January inclusive. By lunchtime of 4 January ...


REACH: Late Pre-Registration ends in November 2009 for some chemicals and companies


The final deadline for the pre-registration of certain chemical substances and high volume manufacturers and importers is on 30 November 2009. This deadline applies to companies within the first 6 months of manufacturing, importing or using* a phasein substance that needs to be registered by 30 ...


New study inaccurate on the number of test animals for REACH


A new study has overestimated the impact of EU legislation on animal testing by six times. The real figures are more likely to be the ones assessed and published when the new chemicals legislation (REACH) was prepared and negotiated. It was estimated during the negotiation of the REACH ...


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