Sweden supports EU restrictions on microplastics

Swedish Chemicals Agency sees need for extended ban on microplastics in cosmetic and other chemical products, endorses restriction at EU level

Implementation of EDC criteria for biocides

EU biocides authorities settle how criteria to identify endocrine disruptors for biocides will be realized; criteria to apply from June 7, 2018; ECHA and EFSA prepare final guidance document

Notification of SVHCs to be required under EU waste directive

Amendment to EU waste framework directive foresees obligation for suppliers to notify ECHA of SVHCs present in articles, aims to create transparent and non-toxic material cycles for circular economy

EU Member States to assess 21 substances in 2018

ECHA publishes updated Community rolling action plan 2018-2020; 21 substances selected for evaluation in 2018, 10 of which relevant for food contact

New consumer information portal on chemicals

ECHA launches website to inform consumers about benefits and risks of chemicals

ECHA consults on identification of 8 SVHCs

ECHA opens public consultation on proposals to identify 8 substances of very high concern; deadline for comments April 23, 2018; 5 substances relevant for food contact

Second REACH review published

European Commission releases second review of REACH regulation, highlights how REACH enhanced chemical safety, suggests actions for improvement

ECHA: Information on chemicals’ toxicity needs improvement

ECHA’s progress report on evaluation under REACH reveals that majority of registration dossiers lack sufficient information on substances’ toxicity

ECHA collects information for microplastics restriction

ECHA opens call for evidence on possible restriction of intentionally added microplastics; call open until May 11, 2018; informational webinar to be held on March 12, 2018

ECHA recommends 7 SVHCs for authorization

ECHA prioritizes 7 substances of very high concern to be added to REACH Authorisation List; 6 substances potentially relevant for food contact