Yesterday, Member States gave a green light for restricting a subgroup of the “forever chemicals”, PFAS, from food packaging and clothing and other uses. The restriction presented by the European Commission to Member States covers PFHxA, its salts and related substances, a subgroup of PFAS. They are used in large quantities in sectors such as clothing, textiles and paper and … [Read more...] about EU bans sub-group of PFAS used in food packaging and clothing
Last week, the UK chemicals regulator (the Health & Safety Executive) published the UK REACH work programme for 2023-4 with just a few weeks left to run of the period it covers. It marks over 3 years since the UK left the EU chemicals management system (EU REACH) and established UK REACH as an independent, standalone system for regulating chemicals. While the UK’s … [Read more...] about Review of UK REACH: three years on
A recent study by Arnika, IPEN, and 14 partner organisations, including CHEM Trust, revealed the presence of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in outdoor coats and clothing from 13 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Out of 72 clothing samples tested - including coats, swimsuits, and t-shirts - 46 items (64%) contained PFAS, revealing … [Read more...] about New study finds banned “forever chemicals” being used in children’s clothing worldwide.
Today, CHEM Trust has published a new report by the journalist, researcher and former editorial director of the global news platform Chemical Watch, Geraint Roberts: ‘The Swiss Chemicals System: The legal framework and how it relates to that in the EU’. CHEM Trust commissioned the report in response to growing interest from policymakers, NGOs, and industry stakeholders about … [Read more...] about Is the Swiss system for regulating chemicals a useful model for the UK?
CHEM Trust welcomes the European Commission's publication of three legislative proposals which aim to 'streamline assessments of chemicals across EU legislation; strengthen the knowledge base on chemicals; and ensure early detection and action on emerging chemical risks' . This package, often called 'One Substance One Assessment' or OSOA, is an important element of modernising … [Read more...] about Draft legislation to improve EU chemicals data and scientific analysis published, but what about ECHA?
CHEM Trust has received a response to the letter that we sent to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on 19th September 2023. The response, which comes jointly from the relevant Directors in DG Environment and DG Grow, reaffirms the Commission's commitment to revising the main EU chemicals law REACH: "As we said in the plenary of the European Parliament last year, the … [Read more...] about EU Commission confirms that REACH revision is very important, as new regulations on classification are provisionally agreed
In June the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) proposed its recommendation for a restriction on hazardous substances in tattoo inks and permanent make-up. This is the first restriction HSE has proposed since it took on the role of regulatory agency for UK REACH at the start of 2021. A restriction is a measure for protecting human health and/or the environment … [Read more...] about Will the UK’s ban on tattoo inks and permanent make-up be as protective as the EU’s?
Today the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled against chemicals company Chemours Netherlands in its appeal against the identification of ‘GenX’ chemicals as a ‘substance of very high concern’ by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). GenX chemicals are commonly used in the manufacture of non-stick products, but are associated with major health concerns, being … [Read more...] about EU court again rules against Chemours on GenX ‘forever chemicals’
This afternoon the European Commission published its work plan for 2024, and this document failed to mention the reform of Europe's main law on chemicals used in everyday products, REACH. The reform of REACH is a key component of the EU's Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS), published three years ago on 14th October 2020, which was described as a "new long-term vision … [Read more...] about Von der Leyen Commission fails in its responsibility to publish a proposal to improve EU chemical law REACH, despite promises in the Green Deal
Last week marked one year since the European Commission opened the public consultation on the revision of EU Food Contact Materials (FCM) legislation. While the revision proposal is yet to be published, responses to the consultation demonstrate that there is wide-ranging support for action to address hazardous chemicals in FCMs. … [Read more...] about Consultation responses highlight support to address harmful chemicals in Food Contact Materials