Commentary & Analysis


08 April 2021

TSCA Restrictions Present REACH-like Impacts for Product Manufacturers

New rules announced by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seek to ban or restrict five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances[...]

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22 February 2021

First Official Guidance on UK RoHS Exemptions Published

On 16 February, the UK Government Department with responsibility for chemicals policy and legislation, Defra, published the first-ever national[...]

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04 February 2021

EU: Sustainable Requirements for Industrial & EV Batteries Proposed

Last December, the European Commission published its proposal for an EU Batteries Regulation. Currently a draft law pending scrutiny by the European[...]

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01 February 2021

IEC 62474 Updates to Declarable Substances List & Exemption Lists

On 19 January, the IEC 62474 declarable substance list (DSL) and exemption lists were updated, coinciding with the update to the EU REACH Candidate[...]

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29 January 2021

Chinese REACH: Restricted Substances Officially Released

On 19 November 2020, the National Standardization Administration issued Announcement No. 26 of 2020, in which the "Chinese version of REACH restricted[...]

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21 January 2021

Two New SVHC's Added to the REACH Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on the 19th January 2021 that two Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) have been added to the[...]

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06 January 2021

First Indicative List of Conflict-Affected & High-Risk Areas Published

As of 1 January 2021, Regulation (EU) 2017/821 will require supply chain due diligence to be conducted concerning the import of the 3TG (tin,[...]

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02 November 2020

New EU Chemicals Strategy Published Amid Concerns on EU-UK Policy

On 14 October, the European Commission unveiled a new EU-level chemicals strategy. Intending to chart a long-term vision for EU chemicals policy, the[...]

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12 October 2020

EU REACH: Endocrine Disruptor Lists

Within the EU, various chemical laws (notably REACH but also the Biocidal Products, Plant Protection Products and Cosmetics Products Regulations) seek[...]

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02 October 2020

UK Launches Consultation on Proposed Ecodesign & Energy Labeling Regulations

On 30th September 2020, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a formal consultation on new proposed ecodesign[...]

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