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Chemicals | Monthly bulletin | December 2019

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

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Europe

 

Recent updates regarding REACH

 

The table below includes a summary of the main recent updates (non-exhaustive) regarding REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006:

 

Summary of main recent updates

Date

Subject

Link

07-11-2019

New proposal to amend REACH Regulation:

 

Draft Commission Regulation amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards lead in gunshot in or around wetlands

 

Click here for notification details of reference G/TBT/N/EU/691

18-11-2019

Publication of the results of the pilot project about substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in products

Please click here for more information

20-11-2019

Committees’ opinions on restriction available :

 

  • Risk Assessment and Socio-economic Analysis for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in granules and mulches used as infill material

It is available in ECHA website

 

Recent updates regarding CLP

 

The table below includes a summary of the main recent updates (non-exhaustive) regarding CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008:

 

Summary of main recent updates

Date

Subject

Link

29-10-2019

New proposal to amend CLP Regulation:

 

COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/... amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures as regards information relating to emergency health response

The Eur-lex publication here

30-10-2019

An updated version of the ECHA Submission portal to the EU poison centres

The main updates are:

  • System-to-system service, which allows companies who have decided to prepare their notifications in their own IT-systems to automate their submission to the Member State bodies through the portal
  • Upgrade of the PCN format to include, for example, new EU Hazard statements
  • New features in the dossier preparation tool

More information on the poison centres website

30-10-2019

Public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling:

 

 

The deadline for comments is 10 January 2020

Harmonised classification and labelling public consultations here

30-10-2019

Intentions for a proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling:

A proposal has been submitted for:

Registry of CLH intentions until outcome here

 

 

04-11-2019

New proposal to amend CLP Regulation:

 

Draft Commission Delegated Regulation amending for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures

Click here for notification details of reference G/TBT/N/EU/689

20-11-2019

Poison Centre Notification database ready for Member States on-boarding

Please click here for more information

21-11-2019

Publication of Overview of Member States decisions I relation to implementation of Annex VIII to CLP Regulation (Poison Centre Notification)

Please click here for more information

 

New amendments for RoHS

 

On 5th November 2019, the European Commission has published the following amendments to Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS) as below:

 

Reference

Title

C/2019/5780

Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2019/1845 of 8 August 2019 amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in certain rubber components used in engine systems

C/2019/5781

Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2019/1846 of 8 August 2019 amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for lead in solders used in certain combustion engines

 

Recent publications by European Commission

 

Below you will find a recent publication of the Official Journal of the European Union related to E&E:

 

Date

Reference

Title

28-10-2019

COM/2019/486 final

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS The annual Union work programme for European standardisation for 2020

 

Technical publications

 

Find below a summary table with some recent technical publication on food contact materials (non-exhaustive):

 

Date

Countries

Entity

Title

16-10-2019

France

ANSES

Avoid replacing bisphenol A by bisphenol B

 

The results of an assessment of the endocrine-disrupting properties of bisphenol B (BPB)

21-08-2019

Germany

BfR

New health-based guidance values for the industrial chemicals PFOS and PFOA BfR opinion No 032/2019

 

US – California  

 

California proposes list of PFAS-containing textile treatments as priority product

 

Recently California’s DTSC proposed to list treatments containing perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances for use on converted textiles or leathers such as carpets, upholstery, clothing and shoes, as Priority Products.

 

PFASs are part of a class of chemicals composed of highly stable carbon-fluorine bonds, which can be used in many ways. Exposure to PFASs can increase the risk of suffering from adverse health effects such as increased serum cholesterol and immune dysregulation. Treatment for converted textiles or leathers is a significant source of PFAS exposure to humans. Based on these facts, DTSC proposes to list PFAS-containing Textile or leather treatments as Priority Product.

 

Comments can be submitted by December 31, 2019.

 

Please click here for more information.

 

Public consultation on warning under Proposition 65

 

On 21st October 2019, the public consultation on Modification to Text of Proposed Regulation Title 27, California Code of Regulations Proposed Amendment to Section 25600.2 Responsibility to Provide Consumer Product Exposure Warnings was closed.

 

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has stated that the revisions are not intended to expand or reduce the scope of the current definition but merely to clarify the existing regulation. One purpose of the most recent revisions is to clarify the circumstances under which a retailer has “actual knowledge” of the potential consumer exposure that would require a warning under Proposition 65.

 

Click here for more information.

 

US – Vermont

 

Vermont proposes to expand formaldehyde’s definition in CHCC reporting rule

 

Vermont’s chemical of high concern (CHCC) reporting rule now requires manufacturers of children’s products to provide notice to the Department of Health annually in case their product contains CHCC above the threshold.

 

On October 30, 2019, the state of Vermont published a proposed rule which expands the definition of formaldehyde to include “formaldehyde donors”, which are the substances that are intentionally added to a product to degrade to and release formaldehyde as a preservative. 

 

Comments may be submitted by December 11, 2019.

 

Please click here for more.

 

South Korea

 

Technical national standard for plastic products

 

On 29th October 2019, The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) published the technical national standard Nº 2019-352 in which the Annex 24 – “plastic products” is added to “Household Goods Subject to Safety Standards.” 

 

Below a summary table with the main points:

 

Scope

Type

Examples

Mats

Yoga mats, floor mats, kitchen mats, etc.

Footwear made of plastic

Slippers, bathing shoes, insoles, etc.

Bags made of plastic

Swimming bags, etc.

Others

Cell phone cases, gym balls, earphones (including headphones, headsets, etc., that come into direct contact with ears), toilet seats, etc.

Mechanical and Physical Requirements

  • The shape shall be balanced, with no deformation such as distortion and twisting
  • The color shall be clear and uniform without any color spots
  • There shall be no visible scratches or scars
  • Printing and labelling shall be clear
  • The finishing shall be good without any roughness or dust
  • There shall be no breakdown and residue

Chemical Requirements

(Following the common safety standards for children’s products (last edition) in test methods)

Hazardous substances

Limits

Toxic elements content

Total lead content

≤ 300 mg/kg

≤ 90mg/kg (for paint and surface coating)

Total Cadmium content

≤ 75 mg/kg

Total phthalates content

DEHP

Total ≤ 0.1%

DBP

BBP

Labelling requirements

The following information shall be to appear on each product or minimum unit packaging indelibly and visibly:

  • Model
  • Material
  • Dimension (if applicable)
  • Manufacturing year and month
  • Manufacturer’s name
  • Importer’s name
  • Address and telephone number of domestic manufacturer or importer
  • Country of manufacture
  • Precautions for use (can be labelled in instruction manual)

 

Note: Please note that the website is available in Korean language only.

 

International

 

Upcoming dates of application

 

As a reminder, below you will find a summary of standards and legislation that will apply starting within the next six months:

 

  • Legislation:

Manufacturers and importers should carefully consider these coming dates of application and confirm that their products comply with these restrictions:

 

    • US: New Hampshire- SB193 Flame retardants ban in furniture and carpeting
    • Brief description:

    • This legislation bans the sale or import of upholstered furniture containing in its fabric, other covering or in its cushioning materials more than 0.1 percent of a flame-retardant chemical or more than 0.1 percent of a mixture that includes flame-retardant chemicals.

    • This bill also requires manufacturers of upholstered furniture to have a certificate of Compliance according to this requirement to submit to the authorities in a period of 30 days from its request.
    • It will start applying on 1st January 2020.

 

    • Turkey: Regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants - POP (Official Gazette: 30595)
    • Brief description:
    • The use of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) (listed in Annex 2), either on its own or in a mixture, in the manufacture of expanded polystyrene articles and for this purpose is permitted until 28.11.2019. The introduction and use of expanded polystyrene articles containing Hexabromocyclododecane as constituent and produced in accordance with this exemption is permitted for up to 6 months from the date on which this exemption expires. Items that have already been used up to this date can still be used. 
  • The regulation will start applying on 28th November 2019.