Microplastics, synthetic turf could be in California’s upcoming priority product work plan Locked

DTSC also expected to launch more detailed timeline of actions

North America, United States, US states

European Commission: 'No evidence' that EDs are identified inconsistently Locked

Fitness check also finds horizontal approach to substances 'broadly supported by stakeholders'


Clear ‘essential use’ definition key for safer chemical alternatives, says Envi vice-chair Locked

Chemicals strategy pledge needs to limit interpretation, MEP Bas Eickhout says


Efsa panel recommends systematic review of styrene FCM safety Locked

Increase in Iarc classification in 2018 prompted re-evaluation


Efsa extends call for data on two plastic FCM additives Locked

New 31 December deadline announced


European Commission consults on proposed ‘clarifications’ to REACH information requirements Locked

Some dossiers may need updating if draft amending Regulation is implemented


Science team behind 'essential use' in EU strategy set to refine PFAS criteria Locked

Call on European Commission to ‘work with industry’ to drive phase-out

Europe, Global

European Commission plans ban of cosmetics ingredient Locked

Amendments to be adopted next year


US CPSC Commissioner Kaye to stay on one more year Locked

Decision means commission will retain 2–2 party split

North America, United States

Limit fluoropolymers to essential uses, says international PFAS science panel Locked

Review finds lack of evidence that substances are low concern


Sinkevičius exclusive interview: ‘No time to lose’ to implement EU chemicals strategy Locked

Commission will assess ‘best regulatory route’ for strategy actions, environment commissioner says


Cefic aims to finalise polymer grouping projects ‘by end of 2021’ Locked

Germany says industry must provide additional information ‘in a timely manner’ for fixed criteria approach to work

Europe, Germany

NGOs celebrate, industry disappointed at newly unveiled EU chemicals strategy Locked

Risk assessment, REACH reopening and implementation focus of reactions


REACH will 'most likely' need reopening to implement new chemicals strategy, says Commission official Locked

But no need to ‘turn it upside down’, DG Environment says


European Commission publishes radical, wide-ranging chemicals strategy Locked

EDCs and persistent substances among targets in huge raft of proposals aimed at shift to 'safe and sustainable chemicals'


UK regulator to establish ‘register’ of chemicals specialists Locked

OPSS calls for applicants by 29 October deadline

Europe, UK

RIVM analysis shows data gaps for plasticisers in medical devices Locked

Alternatives to DEHP lacking ED and reprotoxicity information

Europe, Netherlands

European Commission adopts regulation setting REACH dossier update deadlines Locked

EU companies must comply from 12 December


NGOs say impact assessments could lead to ‘paralysis by analysis’ for EU chemicals strategy Locked

But Cefic says they are ‘crucial’ and must be ‘detailed and rigorous’


European countries to hold webinar on planned PFAS restriction proposal Locked

Growing regulatory scrutiny on the substances


Lack of agreement on terminology may be holding back Iata concept Locked

OECD report finds ‘gaps and inconsistencies’ across 153 guidance documents


Corporate sustainability ratings overlook chemicals management, says Aviva Investors analyst Locked

Assessments stifled by lack of disclosure and complexity of data, says Eugenie Mathieu

Europe, Global

Swedish chemicals tax on electronics has had ‘limited’ effect Locked

Tax levied since 2017 to reduce harmful substances

Europe, Sweden

Cefic: Enforcement, innovation must come first in EU chemical strategy Locked

Timmermans and Sinkevičius give ‘assurance’ REACH will not be fully reopened

Post-Brexit EU chemicals alignment mechanism urgently needed – NGOs Locked

Warnings of 'empty' database following deadline extension

Europe, UK

Echa round-up Locked

The latest news and developments this week


Danish study finds harmful chemicals in products bought online Locked

Cadmium and lead detected in consumer goods

Denmark, Europe, Global

Germany submits intention for broad bisphenol A restriction proposal Locked

Related bisphenols included to avoid regrettable substitution

Europe, Germany

EU Commission publishes new advice on nanomaterials in cosmetics Locked

Fresh review finds three ingredients pose consumer health risks


Human biomonitoring must not become prerequisite for regulation, Echa says Locked

Agency's risk assessment director and MEP Bas Eickhout raise issue at HBM4EU conference