Industry opposes listing BPA as SVHC

Trade association PlasticsEurope files court action against ECHA for including bisphenol A in the list of substances of very high concern

ECHA improves data access

ECHA structures publicly accessible data on chemicals according to lifecycle phases and availability of nanoform

Opinion: REACH authorizations hinder innovation

ChemSec discusses how authorization of toxic substances under REACH hurts innovation and promotion of safer alternatives

ECHA: 2016 SVHC roadmap report

ECHA releases annual report on progress in identifying substances of very high concern; calls on companies to improve REACH registration data to assess chemicals’ hazards and risks; will focus more on groups of structurally similar substances

EU Commission taking action on FCMs

NGO CHEM Trust outlines European Commission’s ongoing and upcoming activities to improve regulation of food contact materials

ECHA extends data access

ECHA publishes data on 15,000 chemicals registered under REACH; including physical-chemical properties and toxicological data; database available for download

ECHA committees agree on restriction of 4 phthalates

ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis support proposal to ban endocrine disrupting phthalates DEHP, DBP, DIBP, and BBP in various articles; all 4 substances relevant for food contact materials

SIN list updated

ChemSec adds 50 new substances to SIN List; includes latest additions to REACH Candidate List as well as newly classified carcinogens, mutagens, or reprotoxicants

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