EU Publishes updates to Cosmetics Products Regulations by Nick Boley
April 26, 2013, 09:24
Filed under: Cosmetics, EU Regulation/Legislation | Tags: ,

A new Regulation from the European Commission has been published which amends Annexes II, III, V and VI to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009  on cosmetic products.

Commission Regulation (EU) No 344/2013 recognises the advances in science since the publication of the original annexes, and consequently lists all substances used in cosmetic products which may be injurious to human health, and indicates the maximum permitted levels for these and the labelling requirements for packaging of products containing them.

The annexes are comprehensive and list the CAS numbers of the substances wherever these are available and agreed. It is of high importance that laboratories have valid measurement methods for these substances at the levels required for enforcement purposes.


8 new SVHCs on REACH Authorisation List by Nick Boley
April 22, 2013, 15:37
Filed under: chemicals, ECHA, REACH/CLP | Tags: , ,

Eight new substances have been added to Annex XIV of REACH – the “Authorisation List”. These have been published in the EU Official Journal.

The substances are: trichloroethylene, ammonium dichromate, sodium dichromate, potassium dichromate, potassium chromate, sodium chromate, chromium trioxide and acids generated from chromium trioxide and their oligomers such as: Chromic acid, Dichromic acid, Oligomers of chromic acid and dichromic acid. The full list of Annex XIV can be found here.

Update on Pharmaceuticals in water by Nick Boley

The Permanent Representatives Committee of the European Council have endorsed the informal
agreement reached with the European Parliament on the directive on priority substances in
the field of water policy.

12 new substances will be added to the existing list of 33 priority substances under the Water Framework Directive, but the 3 pharmaceuticals which had been proposed to be added to this list – Diclofenac, 17-beta-estradiol (E2) and 17-alpha-ethinylestradiol (EE2) – will be added to the EU’s “Watch List”  to be monitored in all member states (watch list) to support future reviews of the priority substances list.


HSE to run Biocidal Products Regulation Seminar by Nick Boley
April 15, 2013, 09:17
Filed under: Biocides | Tags: ,

The Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) of the Health Safety Executive (HSE), the UK’s Competent Authority on REACH, CLP and Biocides, are holding a one-day seminar which will provide an overview of the new Biocidal Product Regulation, which comes into force on 1 September 2013.

The seminar, which will be held on 6 June in Bootle, is aimed at companies and individuals who will be affected by, or have duties under, the new Regulation. The day will provide information about the new Regulation through a series of presentations.

8th EURACHEM PT Workshop by Nick Boley
April 11, 2013, 14:58
Filed under: Uncategorized

EURACHEM, the European group concerned with quality in analytical measurements,  have announced the dates for their 8th Proficiency Testing (PT) Workshop, held in cooperation with CITAC and EQALM.

The workshop will take place in Berlin from 6 to 9 October 2014. Further details can be found here.

Residues in animal products Regulation amended by Nick Boley
April 11, 2013, 09:56
Filed under: UK Government Information | Tags: ,

The UK Government has issued an amendment to The Animals and Animal Products (Examination for Residues and Maximum Residue Limits) Regulations 1997 (SI 1729/1997). This amendment, The Animals and Animal Products (Examination for Residues and Maximum Residue Limits) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (SI 804/2013), makes provision to provide for the enforcement Regulation (EC) No 470/2009 laying down Community procedures for the establishment of residue limits of pharmacologically active substances in foodstuffs of animal origin (OJ No L 152, 16.6.2009, p.11) and for the enforcement of Commission Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 on pharmacologically active substances and their classification regarding maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin.

New Guidance for Downstrean Users published by ECHA by Nick Boley
April 9, 2013, 10:17
Filed under: ECHA, REACH/CLP | Tags: ,

ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, has published a new version of its guidance document for downstream users on the obligations under REACH.

The document has been amended to become clearer and more consistent; some errors in the previous version have also been corrected.

The guidance explains to downstream users of chemical substances what they need to do to comply with REACH. It covers the need for good analytical testing, for the purposes of identification of chemicals as well as for the measurement of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in articles at levels above 0.1%.