Regulatory News

California OEHHA Revises RELs for 1,3-Butadiene

March 1, 2013

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have revised the "" document for by the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants. The revisions of the draft were made due to comments from the Scientific Review Panel's meeting on the subject on October 16, 2012.

US EPA Increases Access to Chemical Information

February 22, 2013

On February 22, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a list of newly which previously have been treated as Confidential Business Information (CBI). The EPA, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), also posted its progress for making chemical information more readily available to the public.

California Prop 65: Comment Period Extented for Cal/EPA's Notice of Intent: Bisphenol A

February 21, 2013

The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) has announced their , according to a publication made in the "California Regulatory Notice Register".

ECHA Adds 10 SVHCs for Authorization

February 17, 2013

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have added another ten substances for authorization to the Candidate List. These substances, which are used in applications with potential worker exposure, have been classified as carcinogenic or toxic to reproduction.

REACH: Challenges in the Chemical Distribution Industry

February 15, 2013

Although they play a major factor in the chemical supply chain, chemical distributors are often responsible for not only the distribution of chemicals, but also provide additional services such as repackaging, mixing, compounding and blending. As a result, chemical distribution companies are affected by REACH and CLP, along with any other regulatory requirements.

US EPA Releases Chemical Data Reporting Information

February 11, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the non-confidential as it pertains to the manufacturing and processing of chemicals used in the United States. The CDR provides information for over 7,600 different chemicals used in commerce, 354 of which are used in children's products such as toys, playground equipment, and arts and crafts materials.

California Prop 65: C.I. Disperse Yellow 3 and DMNM Known to Cause Cancer

February 7, 2013

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has added C.I. Disperse Yellow 3 (CAS No. 2832-40-8) and 2,6-dimethyl-N-nitrosomorpholine (DMNM) (CAS No. 1456-28-6) to the list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer, as defined by Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). The measure is effective as of February 8, 2013.

Canada, US to Synchronize GHS Implementation

January 27, 2013

In the Spring of 2013, Health Canada proposed amendments to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) as well as the Controlled Products Regulations (CPR). Their proposals will begin the use of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for chemical labelling and classification in Canadian workplaces. Health Canada intends to align the with the American equivalent, aiming at a June 1, 2015 deadline.

REACH: European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Raises Company Awareness

January 25, 2013

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), in partnership with the industriALL-European Trade Union, have begun an information campaign to call attention to the obligations companies in the European Union have under REACH, the EU's regulation on chemicals.

Retail Industry Leaders Association: New SDS Initiative

January 22, 2013

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) have announced a plan to increase the efficiency of the , required by law for providing chemical information for retailers by suppliers.

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