ECHA: Draft recommendation proposes 7 substances for authorization

European Chemicals Agency opens public consultation on 7 Substances of Very High Concern proposed for REACH Annex XIV; European Commission calls for information on socio-economic consequences

Improving laws for a circular economy

New report by Client Earth and European Environmental Bureau highlights need for adapting EU legislation to keep hazardous chemicals out of a circular economy and protect human health and the environment

ECHA verifies REACH registration dossiers

ECHA manually checks completeness of over 1,500 substance dossiers; information on data waiving, substance identity, testing proposals, and chemical safety reports need improvement

Four phthalates recognized as hormone disrupting for humans

EU REACH Committee classifies DEHP, DBP, BBP, and DIBP as substances of very high concern due to their endocrine disrupting effects in humans

NGOs demand action on SVHCs

European and international NGOs ask EU REACH Committee to take action on siloxanes, phthalates and nanomaterials

ECHA selects 162 substances for examination

ECHA screening shortlists 162 potentially hazardous substances for further scrutiny by EU Member States; list not publicly available

BPA and 3 more substances added to SVHC list

ECHA includes four new substances of very high concern in Candidate List; bisphenol A listed as reproductive toxicant

Walmart: Sustainable packaging playbook

U.S. retailer Walmart publishes Sustainable Packaging Playbook for its suppliers; highlights the need to innovate and to optimize design, source sustainably, and support recycling

SIN list highlights FCM chemicals

New feature allowing to filter for FCM-relevant chemicals has been added to the SIN List of hazardous substances maintained by the International Chemical Secretariat

Public consultation on BPA as potential SVHC

ECHA holds public consultation to identify 6 substances of very high concern; possible future SVHC candidates include the food contact chemicals BPA, 4-tert butylphenol, and the perfluorinated substance PFDA