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Press Release – ECHA: Tracking microplastics: from sewage sludge to the oceans

Microplastics contaminating freshwater and oceans is one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns. It is estimated that 2 to 5 % of all plastics end up in the oceans. To learn more about the impact that microplastics have on our environment, we talked with Dr Rachel Hurley, a post-doctoral researcher based at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA).

Press Release – ECHA: Why Union authorisation? (Biocides)

Union authorisation was introduced by the EU’s Biocidal Products Regulation in 2013. It allows companies to place their biocidal products on the entire EU market, without needing to get specific national authorisations. The first biocidal products are now expected to be granted access to the EU market. We talked with Isabelle Demoment from Kersia Group and Gosia Oledzka from Ecolab, which were among the first companies to opt for Union authorisation.

Press Release – ECHA: Are the new REACH information requirements for nanos relevant for you?

Despite increasing amounts of nanomaterials in products on the EU market, not enough is known about their hazards to adequately assess and control their risks. To bridge this knowledge gap, the REACH annexes that specify what information is required from companies placing chemicals on the market have been revised, legally obliging industry to also provide data for substances in nanoform. The new changes enter into force in January 2020. Jenny Holmqvist, ECHA’s coordinator for nanomaterials, shares her views on how companies can prepare.

Press Release – ECHA: Making sports pitches and playgrounds safer (REACH)

In July 2018, the Netherlands submitted a proposal to ECHA recommending to lower the legal concentration limits under REACH for eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in granules and mulches. These granules and mulches are commonly used on sports pitches and in playgrounds, but there is a concern that they contain chemicals (such as PAHs) that may cause health risks. Let’s take a deeper look at what is being proposed and the implications of restricting the PAHs.

Press Release: Registration numbers granted to 32 515 REACH 2018 registrations

Registration numbers have been granted to 32 515 dossiers out of the 33 363 dossiers that were submitted by the final REACH registration deadline on 31 May. These registrations cover 10 708 chemicals. The other dossiers still lack information and ECHA is waiting for companies to update them before granting registration numbers.

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