New planning regulations in Scotland – hazardous substances by Nick Boley
May 7, 2015, 11:11
Filed under: chemicals, Scottish Legislation | Tags: ,

The Scottish Government has published new legislation concerning the planning procedures where hazardous substances are involved: The Town and Country Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 (SSI 181).

Schedule 1 of the Regulations list in detail those hazardous substances covered, including maximum permitted quantities and concentrations for some specific substances such as polychlorodibenzofurans and polychlorodibenzodioxins. There will be a need for those making an application under this legislation to ensure these are properly measured using an accredited and robust analytical procedure.



ALDI joins list of companies signed up to Greenpeace detox commitment by Nick Boley
April 15, 2015, 10:11
Filed under: chemicals, Toxicology | Tags: , , ,

ALDI has become the latest company to sign up to Greenpeace’s Detox Commitment. As a consequence they will ensure that a raft of toxic chemicals will be eliminated from all their textile products, and that full consumer information on this will be available. The company joins other discount retailers such as LiDL in signing up to the Detox Commitment. The chemicals which are covered by this ban are:

  • alkylphenols;
  • phthalates;
  • brominated and chlorinated flame retardants;
  • azo dyes;
  • organotin compounds;
  • perfluorinated chemicals;
  • chlorobenzenes;
  • chlorinated solvents;
  • chlorophenols;
  • short-chain chlorinated paraffins; and
  • heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury and chromium (VI))

This will place the onus on ALDI’s suppliers to ensure these chemicals, already shown by Greenpeace to be toxic and present in many widely-traded products, are no longer present, which will involve further analytical testing to confirm their absence. Analytical methods used for such testing would need to be sensitive as the levels of these chemicals can be very low, and they can have toxic effects even at very low concentrations.

 Community Rolling Action Plan for 2015 adopted by ECHA by Nick Boley
March 18, 2015, 09:47
Filed under: chemicals, ECHA, REACH/CLP | Tags: , ,

The European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, has agreed with the Member States Committee, the 2015-17 Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP).

The plan details that 134 substances are due to be evaluated by Member States over the 2015-17 period, with 48 alone being evaluated this year. These substances have a suspicion that their manufacture and/or use could pose risks to human health and/or the environment. Some of the more common substances being evaluated across various Member States in 2015 are:

  • aluminium chloride
  • phenol
  • octamethyltrisiloxane, decamethyltetrasiloxane  and dodecamethylpenta- siloxane , all suspected by the UK authorities of being persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances.


ECHA push for Substance Identity Completeness by Nick Boley
January 22, 2015, 10:52
Filed under: chemicals, ECHA, REACH/CLP | Tags: ,

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)  has agreed the first steps of a new approach to improve the completeness check of incoming REACH registrations. It aims to reinforce the automatic completeness check rules on substance identity (SID) information, and will request the identification of the scope of joint registrations with regard to SID information.

This recognises the importance of accurate substance identity data, and the correct and consistent naming of chemical compounds registered under REACH. ECHA wants to work in tandem with the REACH SIDC project, which covers the analysis of substance identity and substance sameness of complex substances in REACH. It is organising a workshop to be held in Brussels on 27-28 April 2015, to which any organisation with an interest in this should attend.

It is very important for companies registering substances under REACH to be able to carry out, or draw on, validated analytical techniques to properly identify a substance, or determine the composition of mixtures and complex substances.


CLP Regulation update published in UK by Nick Boley
January 20, 2015, 08:48
Filed under: chemicals, REACH/CLP, transport, UK Legislation | Tags: , , ,

An amendment to the existing UK legislation covering the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemicals has been published. The Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals (Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Regulations 2015 (SI 21) has a wide-reaching effect.

This new SI fully implements Regulation EC 1272/2008 (the CLP Regulation), and takes into account the number of other Directives which are affected by CLP legislation in the EU. They also amend the provisions as they apply to merchant shipping, and apply UK-wide. They also amend the UK REACH legislation (S.I. 2008/2852; amended by S.I. 2009/238 (Northern Ireland) and S.I. 2009/716), adding a new sub-paragraph (1ka)  in Part 1 of Schedule 3 to give the definition of a hazardous substance or mixture in line with CLP regulations.

The Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009 (known as CHIP), which implemented Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, are revoked by Regulation 36 of the Biocidal Products and Chemicals (Appointment of Authorities and Enforcement) Regulations 2013, as a result of this legislation.

This comes into effect on 31 May and 1 June 2015.

ECHA Issues PIC Guidance by Nick Boley
December 15, 2014, 12:42
Filed under: chemicals, ECHA, EU Information | Tags: ,

ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, has published a guidance document  which explains the obligations under the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation and gives advice on how to comply with them. The PIC Regulation (EU 649/2012) enforces the Rotterdam Convention on toxic and hazardous chemicals and regulates trade in these substances.

In order to comply with the guidance from ECHA, companies trading in these chemicals as well as enforcement authorities, need to be able to unambiguously identify them. This requires that appropriate laboratory testing may need to be available to confirm the identity of any substance which falls under the scope of this Regulation, and the Convention.

Should authorisation of SVHCs in articles extend to imports? by Nick Boley
December 5, 2014, 11:04
Filed under: chemicals, REACH/CLP | Tags: , , ,

Well, yes, say the German authorities. They believe that consumer protection can be strengthened by applying the same rules on imported products containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) as those produced and placed on the market  within the EU.

Such changes would present a significant challenge to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in terms of the legal  situation, and to produce appropriate regulation, but would allow for a levelling of the playing field, and removing unfair advantages to importers who can get away with not fully complying with REACH.

Such a move would require more testing for SVHCs in articles, to check that labelling claims are correct, and this would obviously require enforcement laboratories to have a suite of validated, accredited measurement methods available for the range of SVHCs which could be encountered.