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Chemical regulations are an ever-evolving landscape, and it can be difficult to keep up to date with the requirements across the global marketplace. CIRS is committed to ensuring that everyone remains informed of the latest implementation of these regulations, removing barriers to trade, and ensuring that their business can flourish around the world. Whether you are new to chemical regulations, interested in exploring a new market, or seeking a refresher in this area our series will give you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and deepen your understanding in all these areas.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is considering recommending five substances for the REACH Authorisation List. These five substances cover: Melamine; Bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate covering any of the individual isomers and/or combinations thereof (TBPH); S-(tricyclo[ 2,6]deca-3-en-8(or 9)-yl) O-(isopropyl or isobutyl or 2-ethylhexyl) O-(isopropyl or isobutyl or 2-ethylhexyl) phosphorodithioate; Diphenyl(2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl)phosphine oxide; and Barium diboron tetraoxide.
On February 1, 2024, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and Ministry of Environment (MoE) jointly issued a draft on the revision of the Chemical Substance Control Law (CSCL) for public comments closing on March 1, 2024. This draft aims to strengthen the management of PFOA-related compounds, involving their manufacturing, import, and usage.
In February 2024, the Shanghai Emergency Management Bureau and Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission jointly published a notice to further advance the management of the "One Enterprise, One Product, One Code" Policy which requires stakeholders to establish a system to record the inventory of hazardous chemicals and affix QR codes before December 31, 2024.
On February 27, CIRS Europe will provide members of Chemical Watch with a specialized training session focused on chemical management regulations in China. This one-day training course offers attendees the opportunity to learn: details of the current implementation of MEE Order 12; how to differentiate between new and existing substances in China; the requirements for registration under MEE Order 12; how to identify the various high-hazard substance categories in China; the requirements for registration of hazardous substances; and the requirements for local Chinese SDS and label standards.
On January 16, 2024, trihydrogen pentapotassium di(peroxomonosulfate) di(sulfate) (CAS: 70693-62-8) was approved for use in biocidal products of product-types 2, 3, 4, and 5, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and the Council. Earlier on 15 January, Alkyl (C12-16) dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride (CAS: 68424-85-1) was approved as an existing active substance for use as product-type 2, subject to the specifications in Table 2.
HSE, the GB CLP Agency, is proposing to update the status of 90 substances in GB mandatory classification and labeling (GB MCL). It is scheduled to be effective in April 2024. These 90 substances are from the 14th and 15th ATP (Adaptation to Technical Progress, which was used to update the EU CLP Regulation) released by the European Commission. These two ATPs were published and came into force before the end of the transition period of Brexit and the HSE has already added these substances to the GB MCL list.
On January 25, 2024, China‘s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Commerce, and the General Administration of Customs jointly issued a notice on simplifying the import and export control over mixtures containing low concentrations of triethanolamine, which will take effect on February 1, 2024. According to the notice, products with low concentrations of triethanolamine, including non-medical disinfectants, synthetic detergents, cosmetics, and inks, are no longer subject to the import & export control for triethanolamine (HS code: 2922150000), and triethanolamine mixtures (HS code: 3824999950) listed in the Catalogue of license for dual-use items and technologies.
On 18 January 2024, ECHA published a screening report to assess whether the use of these four benzotriazoles in articles, including UV-328, UV 327, UV-350, and UV-320, should be restricted in accordance with REACH Article 69(2). Based on the available evidence, ECHA is considering restricting or prohibiting the use (or presence) of three out of the four substances, including UV-320, UV-350, and UV-327 in articles and preparing an Annex XV dossier for restriction. In terms of UV-328, ECHA is of the view that at present there is no need to prepare an Annex XV dossier for restriction as the substance is expected to be addressed by the EU POPs regulation.
Helsinki, January 23, 2024 – The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) officially announced the addition of two substances of very high concern (SVHC), bringing the total number of substances on the SVHC list (also known as the Candidate List) to 240. ECHA has also updated the existing Candidate List entry for dibutyl phthalate to include its endocrine-disrupting properties for the environment. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) was added to the SVHC Candidate List in October 2008 in the first batch.