Impending ban on triclosan
This December the EU Biocides Competent Authorities will discuss the non-approval of nine active substances under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation. This arises because all participants in the review of these substances have discontinued their participation in the review programme, or no complete dossier was received within the specified time period. Non-approval means that the active substances and the biocidal products containing them for the specified uses must be removed from the EU market.
One of the substances up for discussion is triclosan and its use in the product types 2, 7 and 9. Type 2 includes the use of triclosan for disinfection of surfaces in the public health sector.
Final decision on non-approval is expected to be taken by mid-March 2014. Triclosan is still under evaluation in product-type 1: biocidal products used for human hygiene purposes, applied on or in contact with human skin.
For more information, please contact
Dorthe Nørgaard Andersen
Updated Guidance on application of CLP Criteria
ECHA has published an update to the Guidance on the Application of the CLP Criteria. The update was required due to the adaptations in April 2011 and June 2013, respectively. Updates have been made in the following parts:
Furthermore, corrigenda have been made of
Click here to view the full Guidance on the Application of the CLP Criteria (pdf, 663 page).
For further questions on CLP, classification and labelling, please contact
Helle M. Andersen
ECHA launches first public consultation on biocidal active substance
The active substance dinotefuran is the first biocidal substance to be launched by ECHA as a potential candidate for substitution.
Dinotefuran is proposed to be used in biocidal products of product-type 18 (insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods). When an active substance is a candidate for substitution, biocidal products containing the active substance will become subject to a comparative assessment at the time of authorisation and will only be authorised if there are no better alternatives.
The consultation is open until 28 January 2014. After this date, ECHA will evaluate the information received and finalise the opinion on dinotefuran.
For more information, please contact
Seven biocidal actives scheduled for approval
The EU has notified that seven existing active substances are scheduled for approval for use in specified biocidal product types under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation. The notifications comprise the following substances:
The proposed dates of adoption are planned for January 2014.
For more information on biocidal products and biocidal regulation, please contact
Polyfluorinated substances cause growing concern
Organic polyfluorinated substances are used widely in many ordinary consumer goods. Despite the common use we lack important knowledge on their chemical composition, the amounts produced and how widely the substances are used.
This causes concern with scientists. Research increasingly indicates that the fluorinated substances may harm both the environment and human health, e.g. by being carcinogenic.
Polyfluorinated substances substitute other polyfluorinated substances
In a large Nordic study, researchers have mapped the use of fluorinated substances in The Nordic countries and deduced that further regulation is required concerning their use in consumer products.
You can view the full report Per- and polyfluorinated substances in the Nordic Countries. Use, occurrence and toxicology here (pdf, 230 pages).
For more information on fluorinated substances, please also contactHelle Buchardt Boyd
Tel +45 4516 9097
New centre for welfare of test animals
The Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries has formed a new 3R-centre to ensure the welfare of test animals. The three Rs stand for Replacement, Reduction and Refinement. The centre will strive to use non-animal test methods (replacement), develop methods to reduce the number of animals used (reduction) and methods which will improve animal welfare (refinement). The centre will collaborate with similar centres worldwide, including exchange of knowledge and information.
The Danish centre is co-financed by animal protection organisations, the pharmaceutical industry and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Reduced limit values for lead and cadmium in metallic food contact materials
The Council of Europe has published a new technical guide on Metals and alloys used in food contact materials and articles. The recommended limit values for lead and cadmium are based on the latest evaluations by EFSA and are as follows:
As all EU membership states have participated in preparing the resolution, a future EU regulation is anticipated. So far a public hearing has been conducted concerning a lowering of the migration limit value for lead and cadmium from ceramic products, i.e. a reduction by 60 times for cadmium and 400 times for lead.
Use citric acid for migration testing
For further questions, please contact
Helle Buchardt Boyd
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