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New CEN Publications: March 2015 by Nick Boley
April 2, 2015, 11:10
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The following list shows standards and technical documents published by the European Standardisation Organisation, CEN, during February and March 2015, some of which are relevant to chemical measurement in support of regulation.

CEN/TS 16692:2015 – Water quality – Determination of tributyltin (TBT) in whole water samples – Method using solid phase extraction (SPE) with SPE disks and gas chromatography with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry.

CEN/TS 1948-5:2015 – Stationary source emissions – Determination of the mass concentration of PCDDs/PCDFs and dioxin-like PCBs – Part 5: Long-term sampling of PCDDs/PCDFs and PCBs

EN16136:2015 – Automotive fuels – Determination of manganese and iron content in unleaded petrol – Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP OES) method

EN/ISO 16995:2015 – Solid biofuels – Determination of the water soluble chloride, sodium and potassium content

EN/ISO 17070:2015 – Leather – Chemical tests – Determination of tetrachlorophenol-, trichlorophenol-, dichlorophenol-, monochlorophenol-isomers and pentachlorophenol content

EN/ISO 3679:2015 –  Determination of flash no-flash and flash point – Rapid equilibrium closed cup method.

 

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New CEN Publications: January 2015 by Nick Boley
February 3, 2015, 12:17
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The following list shows standards and technical documents published by the European Standardisation Organisation, CEN, during December 2014 and January 2015, some of which are relevant to chemical measurement in support of regulation.

CEN ISO/TS 80004-1:2014 – Nanotechnologies – Vocabulary – Part 1: Core terms

CEN ISO/TS 80004-3:2014 – Nanotechnologies – Vocabulary – Part 3: Carbon nano-objects

CEN ISO/TS 80004-4:2014 – Nanotechnologies – Vocabulary – Part 4: Nanostructured materials

EN 15063-1:2014 – Copper and copper alloys – Determination of main constituents and impurities by wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) – Part 1: Guidelines to the routine method

EN 16568:2014 – Automotive fuels – Blends of Fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) with diesel fuel – Determination of oxidation stability by rapidly accelerated oxidation method at 120 °C

 

 

 



New CEN Publications: November 2014 by Nick Boley
December 3, 2014, 08:53
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The following list shows standards and technical documents published by the European Standardisation Organisation, CEN, during November 2014, some of which are relevant to chemical measurement in support of regulation.

EN 15346:2014 – Plastics: Recycled plastics – Characterization of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) recyclates.

EN 15195:2014 – Liquid petroleum products: Determination of ignition delay and derived cetane number (DCN) of middle distillate fuels by combustion in a constant volume chamber.

EN 16576:2014 – Automotive fuels: Determination of manganese and iron content in diesel – Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP OES) method.

EN ISO 10370:2014 – Petroleum products: Determination of carbon residue – Micro method.

CEN/TR 10317:2014 – European certified reference materials (EURONORM-CRMs) for the determination of the chemical composition of iron and steel products prepared under the auspices of the European Committee for Iron and Steel Standardization (ECISS).

CEN/TR 10362:2014 – Chemical analysis of ferrous materials – Determination of selenium in steels – Electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometric method.

EN ISO 17982-1:2014 – Geotechnical investigation and testing: Laboratory testing of soil – Part 1: Determination of water content.

EN ISO 12966-1:2014 – Animal and vegetable fats and oils: Gas chromatography of fatty acid methyl esters – Part 1: Guidelines on modern gas chromatography of fatty acid methyl esters.

 



New CEN Publications: August & September 2014 by Nick Boley
September 30, 2014, 11:21
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The following list shows standards and technical documents published by the European Standardisation Organisation, CEN, during August and September 2014, some of which are relevant to chemical measurement in support of regulation.

EN 16502:2014 – Test method for the determination of the degree of soil acidity according to Baumann-Gully

CEN/TR 15071:2014 – Safety of toys – National translations of warnings and instructions for use in EN 71 series

EN ISO 15512:2014 – Plastics – Determination of water content.

 

 



Concern expressed over plans to restrict borax under REACH by Nick Boley

There is wide concern in a number of industrial sectors regarding the proposed restriction, under the REACH regulations, of anhydrous disodium tetraborate, known colloquially as borax. This substance was listed by the European Chemicals agency, ECHA, earlier this year and is included on a list to be recommended for restriction to the European Commission by the Spring of 2015. A public consultation is currently underway on this recommendation with a deadline of 30 November.

Concern has been particularly expressed regarding the likely restriction by the jewellery industry. Borax is used in the measurement procedure used to determine the gold content of gold alloy jewellery, as specified in ISO 11426 “Jewellery — Determination of gold in gold jewellery alloys — Cupellation method (fire assay)”.

This method is the only procedure which is internationally accepted and mandated for this purpose. Therefore a restriction on the use of borax in Europe would seriously affect the ability of those in the jewellery industry to conduct such determinations. The identification and validation of substitutes for borax for use in this procedure would only be of value if the method could be revised, but there is currently no work item for this within ISO or CEN.

This situation illustrated the need for various agencies and organisations to work hand-in-hand to ensure that the consequences of proposed restrictions (and authorisations) are properly managed to ensure that any uses of such substances are fully understood and measures put in place to enable industry to continue using appropriate international and/or European standard methods where these are mandatory.

 



New CEN Publications – June/July 2014 by Nick Boley
July 28, 2014, 09:21
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The following list shows standards and technical documents published by the European Standardisation Organisation, CEN, during June and July 2014, some of which are relevant to chemical measurement in support of regulation.

EN 12822:2014 – Foodstuffs: Determination of vitamin E by high performance liquid chromatography – Measurement of α-, β-, γ- and δ-tocopherol

EN 14122:2014 – Foodstuffs:- Determination of vitamin B1 by high performance liquid chromatography

EN 14152:2014 – Foodstuffs:- Determination of vitamin B2 by high performance liquid chromatography

EN 14164:2014 – Foodstuffs:- Determination of vitamin B6 by high performance liquid chromatography

EN/ISO 15181:2014 – Paints and varnishes: Determination of release rate of biocides from antifouling paints – Part 6: Determination of tralopyril release rate by quantitation of its degradation product in the extract

EN/ISO 16373-2:2014 – Textiles: Dyestuffs – Part 2: General method for the determination of extractable dyestuffs including allergenic and carcinogenic dyestuffs (method using pyridine-water)

EN/ISO 16373-3:2014 –   Textiles: Dyestuffs – Part 3: Method for determination of certain carcinogenic dyestuffs (method using triethylamine/methanol)

EN 12873-1:2013 – Influence of materials on water intended for human consumption – Influence due to migration – Part 1: Test method for factory-made products made from or incorporating organic or glassy (porcelain/vitreous enamel) materials

CEN/TR 16699:2014 – Foodstuffs: Determination of pesticide residues by GC-MS/MS – Tandem mass spectrometric parameters

EN 12228-1:2014 – Determination of individual and total sterols contents: Gas chromatographic method – Part 1: Animal and vegetable fats and oils

EN/ISO 6974-5:2014 – Natural gas: Determination of composition and associated uncertainty by gas chromatography – Part 5: Isothermal method for nitrogen, carbon dioxide, C1 to C5 hydrocarbons and C6+ hydrocarbons



New CEN Standard on Toy Safety Published by Nick Boley
May 12, 2014, 10:05
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The European Standards Organisation, CEN, has published a new version of EN standard on Safety of toys – EN 71 Part 7: Finger paints – Requirements and test methods.

This new version (EN 71-7:2014) brings the requirements for finger paints up to date with respect to the EU Toy Safety Directive and the requirements of the REACH Regulations.

Specific changes of interest include a revised limit value for the carcinogenic polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) benzo[a]-pyrene, which is set at the limit of quantitation of the analytical method used, 0.02 mg/kg. This is a welcome development, where the limits in the standard are in line with what can be achieved with the state-of-the-art of analytical measurement capability. We highlighted last year the restrictions under REACH for PAHs in toys, and this new standard recognises that development. The addition of limit values for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is another welcome development, and a valid measurement method for PCBs is included in the standard.