Newsletter on Chemicals and Regulatory Toxicology

June 2018


11th Adaptation to CLP regulation

The European Commission has published the 11th amendment to the CLP Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.

The 11th adaptation includes the chemical names of substances in Annex VI of the CLP Regulation in all languages in which the Regulation has been published.

No new substances have been included and no information on any chemicals has been amended in the 11th adaptation.

Date of application is 1 December 2019.

For more information on classification and labelling, please contact:

Helle M. Andersen
Tel +45 4516 9023

Nordic spotlight on the use of chlorinated paraffins

Danish and Swedish authorities are focusing their attention on the presence of chlorinated paraffins (CPs) in consumer products.

During 2018, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the use of short chain CPs (SCCPs) and phthalate in toys and other articles for small children. SCCPs are used as plasticizers and may harm the environment. Furthermore, the substances are suspected of being carcinogenic.

The medium chain CPs (MCCPs) may also harm the environment and have toxic effects on human health. The Swedish Chemicals Agency, KEMI, has just proposed to restrict the use of MCCPs in electrical and electronic equipment and to ban levels of these substances above 0.1%.

For more information, including substitution of chlorinated paraffins, please contact:

Lise M. Møller
Tel +45 4516 9133

DHI cooperates with Turkish consultants on chemicals registrations

DHI and the Turkish company REACH Global Services have agreed to collaborate on assisting industry to comply with Turkish chemical laws.

REACH Global Services (RGS) is a consultancy firm with a subsidiary in Istanbul and a successful track record of representing over 200 international and local companies, including notification of thousands of substances to comply with Turkish chemical regulations. The collaboration between DHI and RGS aims to assist industry for the regulatory compliance of chemicals in Turkey, including cosmetics and biocides.

Registration requirements in Turkish KKDIK regulation
Within the frame of the EU - Turkey Customs Union and accession partnership process, Turkey is progressively aligning its national regulatory framework with EU law. The Turkish REACH regulation, abbreviated as KKDIK, was published in June 2017 and entered into force in December 2017. The KKDIK regulation is almost a copy-paste of the EU REACH regulation. The pre-registration process is ongoing. Registration must be completed by the manufacturer’s local subsidiary or importer, or via appointment of an only representative (OR) based in Turkey. Chemical Safety Reports need to be prepared by experts specifically certified in Turkey.

For more information, please contact:

Hülya Genc Fuhrman
Tel +45 4516 9256

Nanomaterial e-learning toll

As part of an information campaign on REACH-relevant regulation for nanomaterials, a new easily usable web-tool is being developed to explain EU chemical legislation requirements for nanomaterials.

The tool will in particular be designed to enable small and medium-sized companies to find information to support them in the preparation of a REACH registration for nanomaterials.

As participants in a working group of Nordic chemical group under the Nordic Council of Ministers, we are involved in the development of the tool. It will be based on the REACH e-learning tool eREACH, which will be updated to include nanomaterials. For more information on tool features read here.

The tool is expected to be available by the end of 2018.

For more information, please contact:

Dorte Rasmussen
Tel +45 4516 9316

DHI Annual Report 2017

Chemical substances and how they affect humans and the environment is just one of DHI’s many activities. The majority of our colleagues around the world is engaged in solving local and global challenges in water and water environments. To gain insight into what DHI also offers, take a closer look at the DHI Annual Report 2017.

“Digitalising the water world” is DHI’s strategy for the future with the ambition to take a leading role in the digital transformation of the water sector. Likewise, we endeavour to develop new and clever digital solutions that will make it easier to comply with the increasing global demands for chemicals regulation.


Call of interest for active chlorine in-situ use

In April 2018, ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee adopted its opinion on “Active chlorine generated from sodium chloride by electrolysis” for the product types 1-5. As a result, the EU Commission is expected to publish its implementing regulation later in 2018.

If you produce, supply or use the biocidal active substance “Active chlorine generated from sodium chloride by electrolysis” for in-situ purposes, you have to apply for biocidal product authorisation before 25 April 2020 in order to stay on the EU market.

Union authorisation covering all relevant uses for PT 1-5
The ECA Consortium A/S in collaboration with DHI will submit an application for Union authorisation of a biocidal product family that will cover all the relevant uses of in-situ active chlorine within PT1-5.

We invite possible stakeholders and interested companies that wish to be covered by the dossier to contact us for more information. Together with the ECA Consortium A/S, we expect to submit the application at the beginning of 2019.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Fink
Tel +45 4516 9156

Cleaning and resistance to disinfectants

A research project comparing disinfection methods at a hospital and a dairy showed differences in the use of biocides for disinfection, but did not give a precise answer to whether the methods used will develop bacterial resistance to disinfectants.

Concern is growing that the need for disinfection in hospitals and the food industry will lead to resistance to some of the disinfectants used for cleaning. In the food industry, peracetic acid is used frequently for cleaning and disinfection. It is a very efficient disinfectant, but the consumption of water is high. On the other hand, there is low likelihood of developing resistance to bacteria when using this cleaning method.

Quaternary ammonium compounds may be more resistant
In hospitals the use of quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC) as a disinfectant is common. Resistance to QACs has been proven in some staphylococci species. Ultimately, QACs may also end up in the environment through waste water which gives rise to concern as the substances are not very biodegradable. In addition, QACs are also used in cosmetic products as a preservative and as an antistatic. Consequently, it would seem obvious to study the use of QACs in cosmetics more closely with regard to bacterial resistance.

The project has been carried out by DHI in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen. The study report is not yet available, but Danish readers may be interested in an article from the Danish journal Dansk Kemi no. 3, 2018.

For more information, please contact:

Torben W. Schou
Tel +45 4516 9504

Webinar on EDC criteria in biocides

The EU scientific criteria for identifying chemical substances in biocides as possible endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) entered into force on 7 June 2018. As of this date, the authorisation of biocidal products must include an assessment of endocrine disrupting properties of the biocidal active substance(s) as well as any non-active constituents in the biocidal product.

At this free webinar you will get an overview of the criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting properties plus a summary of how to assess your biocides formulation in accordance with the criteria. Furthermore, we will focus on the important aspects of the new Guidance for the identification of endocrine disruptors in the context of the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and give examples of how to comply with the criteria.

Target audience: The webinar addresses both European and international manufacturers, suppliers and importers of biocidal products and biocidal active substances in the EU.

Date: Wednesday 12 September 2018 at 2 pm – 2.45 pm (Danish time, UTC +1)

Sign up: If you want to join the webinar, please send an e-mail to Vibeke Salmon:


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