Resorcinol inclusion in CoRAP criticized

Guest column in Chemical Watch criticizes the inclusion of resorcinol in the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) for 2019-2021 to be assessed by France due to potential thyroid effects; points out to previously concluded evaluation by Finland, lack of remaining data gaps or new information to justify re-evaluation

GenX chemicals proposed as SVHCs

New Dutch proposal calls for review of GenX chemicals as substances of very high concern in the EU; commenting period open until April 29, 2019

ECHA adopts substance evaluation plan

Member states adopt community rolling action plan (CoRAP) and plan to evaluate 29 substances in 2019, some of which used in food contact materials

REACH data compliance needs improvement

European Chemicals Agency publishes annual REACH evaluation report; results show many chemical registrations continue to be missing key data

Plastic additives inventory published

ECHA and Cefic publish inventory of additives added to plastics in EU; identify 419 high volume substances with various functions

Updated QSAR toolbox

OECD updates QSAR toolbox software package, includes latest REACH registration data and new models

Too little regulatory follow-up in REACH

Report by NGO European Environmental Bureau finds over 70% of substances with completed REACH evaluations demonstrating concern for human health or the environment have not yet received any regulatory follow-up to manage risks

Investments needed for circular economy

Director of European Chemicals Agency says circular economy will take decades to achieve, heavy investments needed to boost innovation

4-tert-butylphenol as SVHC

EU Commission plans to identify food contact substance 4-tert-butylphenol (PTBP) as substance of very high concern (SVHC) for endocrine disruption in the environment; intention notified to World Trade Organization

Proposed restriction on microplastics

ECHA proposes restriction on microplastic particles intentionally added to mixtures across consumer and professional products