The European Commission have published in the Official Journal a new regulation on the Import and Export of Hazardous Chemicals, Regulation (EU) 649/2012 is a recast of Regulation (EC) 689/2008.
The new Regulation consolidates the many amendments made to 689/2008 over the last 4 years and ensures that it is fully aligned with REACH and CLP legislation in terms of terminology.
The new Regulation includes fully up-to-date lists of susbtances which are banned from being exported from the EU and those which are subject to export notification procedures.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre’s (JRC) Institute of Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) have published two papers on nanoparticle measurements relating to consumer products. The first deals with the measurement issues relating to enforcement of EU legislation on nanoparticles, taking into account the EU recommendation for the definition of a nanoparticle, whilst the second is a review of methods used for determining size distribution of nanoparticles in foods and consumer products.
In a seperate development, scientists in the UK and the USA have concluded that it is silver ions which cause harm to bacteria in the environment not silver nanoparticles. Their work shows that silver ions are released from silver nanoparticles, which are used as anti-bacterial agents in clothing (particularly socks), cosmetics and other household products. Work is currently starting in LGC to measure both nanosilver and ionic silver in domestic discharges to the environment.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (ICHP) have published their report on a proficiency test (PT) carried out in 2011 for the measurement of formaldehyde in food contact materials. 67 laboratories from across the EU took part.
The determination of formaldehyde in food contact materials has been prominent recently due to the melamine issue in China, and screening for formaldehyde in melamine kitchen ware from China has increased in the last 2 years. The Government Chemist, under its statutory function, has seen a small number of cases in this area in 2012 as referee analyst, and work is ongoing to improve methods of measurement for formaldehyde in a number of matrices, including kitchenware.
The results indicated that approximately 10% of laboratories performed poorly in the test with Z scores greater than |3|.
The European Union has published a report on Customs enforcement of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, detailing the number and type of counterfeit products, or those otherwsie contravening IP rights of EU companies, detained at EU borders during 2011. There was a significant increase in consignments stopped, and the value of these goods, over 2010 (approx 15%), with the biggest single category again being counterfeit medicines. The biggest country of origin for these products was China, with over 70% originating in that country.
Analytical measurements are key to the identification of many counterfeit products; counterfeit medicines, foods, alcoholic drinks, perfumes and cosmetics represent good examples of this. Analytical measurements not only identify counterfeits, but highlight components of these products which are toxic to human health.
The European Commission has published a new Directive, 2012/18/EU in the Official Journal, which covers the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances. This new Directive will supersede Council Directive 96/82/EC, and bring controls into line with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances regulations (CLP). Annex I of the Directive lists the substances which are covered.
The Europan Commission have published in the Official Journal the recast of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Direcitve, 2012/19/EU. This brings together all the amendments and updates made to the original Directive, 2002/96/EC.
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The Government is making it easier for academics, businesses and the public to get easier access to publicly funded research. This follows recommendation made in the Finch Report on open access.
This will likely see a major increase in the number of taxpayer-funded research papers freely available to the public.
Science Minister David Willetts said:
“Removing paywalls that surround taxpayer funded research will have real economic and social benefits. It will allow academics and businesses to develop and commercialise their research more easily and herald a new era of academic discovery.”