China calls for data on 24 substances

Chinese ministry requests data on physical-chemical properties, toxicity, production & use, environmental exposure for set of chemicals; 17 are used in food contact materials; feedback open until August 31, 2019

Royal DSM to phase out NMP

Health and materials company plans to phase out N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) from coating resins by July 2020, promotes solvent-free waterborne resins

Consultation opens for REACH authorizations

EU Commission opens public consultation on 12 substances proposed for addition to REACH Annex XIV authorization list, including 6 FCM-relevant substances; regulation set to be adopted in October 2019

Lack of information on chemicals

European and U.S. regulatory leaders concerned about the general public’s poor view and awareness of chemicals, call for the collection of more information

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

REACH socio-economic analysis criticized

NGO ChemSec publishes report criticizing implementation of socio-economic analysis under REACH; argues social costs are mostly ignored while applicants only consider their own finances; calls for policymakers to discuss improvements

12 additional substances for authorization

EU Commission announces the planned addition of 12 substances to the REACH Authorization List, set to be added in October 2019

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

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

OECD urges restricted substances list for plastics

OECD report suggests establishing global list of restricted substances for plastics manufacturing in order to ‘support quality and consistency in recycling’