Chromates on REACH Authorisation List
By mid-April eight new substances were included on Annex XIV of the REACH regulation. The Annex is also known as the Authorisation List as the use of substances on this list is subject to authorisation.
Among the new substances on the List are a number of chromates and dichromates, which are often used in chrome plating to protect metals from corrosion and to improve paint adhesion.
The eight substances comprise the following:
Aerosol labelling adapts to CLP
Following an amendment of an EU Directive in March, aerosol dispensers are to be classified, labelled and packaged in accordance with the CLP Regulation. In brief, the new Directive stipulates as follows:
To view the full Commission Directive 2013/10/EU, please read here.
For more information, please contactIlaria de Rosa Carstensen
Tel +45 4516 9369
Compulsory labelling of biocidal products by 1 September
Suppliers and distributors of products with anti-microbial or self-sanitising properties should pay particular attention to the above date. By 1 September biocidal products have to carry special labelling that helps the consumer understand the products' anti-microbial action. What is more, the EU Biocidal Products Regulation stipulates that the labelling has to be written in the country's national language.
Approval only valid for specific use
Toxin warning for algal dietary supplements
In a recently published study by German researchers, commercially available algal dietary supplements were analysed for occurrence of toxins. Three different algae are used for production of dietary supplements: Aphanizomenon flos aquae (AFA), Chlorella sp. and Spirulina sp. They are all cultivated outdoors in large lakes or in open pond systems sensitive to contamination.
Not for children
Revision of intake-levels expected
BMAA - another toxic algae
The study Toxin content and cytotoxicity of algal dietary supplements has been published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.
If you need help with risk analysis and establishment of HACCP programmes or advice on the production and marketing of algae, food supplements or seafood, please contact:
Guidelines for health claims
Many wrongly believe that you are not permitted to use health claims on certain foods. As a result, the European Commission has prepared a guideline for the use of health claims. In some EU countries, authorities seem to interpret the regulations more rigorously than in other countries, but the regulation is in fact the same in the entire EU.
You are allowed to claim that a food is healthy if you make this unspecific claim in combination with an approved specific health claim, which explains the healthiness of the food, provided the conditions for using the claim are fulfilled.
Health claims also on signboards
For questions on health claims, please contact
New maximum levels for dioxin and PCB in liver
The European Commission has proposed an amendment of the regulation regarding maximum levels for dioxins and PCBs in liver. Until now the limit value in liver has been measured in pg/g fat. With the amendment the value should be measured in pg/g wet weight. This will make the analysis results more comparable as the fat content in the liver may vary considerably.
Separate maximum level for sheep liver
The new proposed maximum levels for dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in sheep liver are four times higher than for other terrestrial animals. For non dioxin-like PCBs, the proposed maximum levels are the same for both sheep liver and liver from other terrestrial animals.
For more information, please contact
Gluten intolerance can be prevented
A Swedish study shows that celiac disease (gluten intolerance) can be prevented.
If you are diagnosed with celiac disease, you have to avoid gluten in your diet for the rest of your life. Sweden has the highest occurrence of celiac disease in Europe, even higher than in the USA. During a ten-year-period from about 1984, Sweden experienced almost an epidemic of celiac disease in toddlers. This was the result of an inappropriate diet. New data from the Swedish epidemic and other studies show that gluten intolerance can be significantly prevented by breastfeeding and by gradually introduce gluten-containing foods from 4 months of age during on-going breastfeeding.
The results have been published in the article Prevalence of Childhood Celiac Disease and Changes in Infant Feeding in the American scientific journal Pediatrics. For more information on labelling of gluten free products or product containing gluten, please contact
Looking to substitute phthalates in food contact materials?
Although some phthalates are permitted in food contact materials, the use of phthalates is restricted. In addition some phthalates are included in the REACH Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHC). You may find it peculiar that it can be legally acceptable to use SVHC substances in food contact materials; however, the good news is that you can substitute the phthalates with other substances.
DHI is participating in a project for development of methods to substitute phthalates. For this purpose, we are looking for companies who are not sure how to overcome the various hurdles of substitution and how to find substances that are safe to use with regard to human health and the environment.
If you have a relevant case and wish to present it to us, we should be pleased to hear from you. Naturally, we will provide confidential disclosure agreements to all participants.
For more information, please contact
France wants to tighten use of phenoxyethanol in cosmetics
France wants to lower the threshold limit value for phenoxyethanol, which is used as a preservative in cosmetic products.
In 2012 the French national agency for medicines and health products safety, ANSM, evaluated the risk of phenoxyethanol in cosmetics. They concluded that the current permitted concentration of 1% in skin care products does not sufficiently protect children. Consequently, ANSM has recommended to the EU Commission that the maximum concentration in products for children under three years of age the use of phenoxyethanol should be reduced to 0.4%. Furthermore, the ANSM recommends that phenoxyethanol should not be used in products intended for the nappy area.
Popular substitute for parabens
A risk evaluation of phenoxyethanol (in French) is available here.
For more information, please contact
EU ban on cosmetics tested on animals
On 11 March a full marketing ban on cosmetics tested on animals entered into force in the EU.
The ban was implemented, even though the EU Commission acknowledges that it is not yet possible to fully replace animal testing by alternative methods. However, with the ban the Commission wants to further responsible innovation and to meet a strong consumer wish for a ban on animal testing. The ban comprises both cosmetics tested on animals and products containing ingredients which have been tested on animals.
The ban has been implemented gradually since 2004.
Pay attention when importing cosmetics to the EU
Courses Asia-Pacific region
SETAC Europe, Glasgow, UK
The XIII International Congress of Toxicology 2013, Seoul, South Korea
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