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Over 130 Confidential Chemicals Added to US TSCA Non-Confidential Inventory

On May 29, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the latest version of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory, which includes 886,770 chemical substances, of which 42,377 are active chemicals. This update to the TSCA Inventory includes the addition of more than 130 substances formerly on the confidential list and 29 existing substances.

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UK Mandated Classification and Labeling of 88 Substances Now in Effect

On June 24, 2024, the UK’s CLP authority, HSE, announced that it has granted legal effect to 88 chemical substances listed in the UK’s Mandatory Classification and Labelling (GB MCL) list. This update took effect immediately upon its release and complies with regulations. The updates are based on the 14th and 15th Adaptations to Technical Progress (ATP), which update the CLP Regulation, issued by the European Commission.

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EU Extends Expiry Date for Active Substance Cis-tricos-9-ene to 2027

On May 13, 2024, the European Commission, guided by EU Regulation No. 528/2012 and Directive No. 98/8/EC, extended the expiry date of the active substance cis-tricos-9-ene (CAS No.: 27519-02-4) for use in biocidal products of product-type 19 until March 31, 2027. This extension takes effect 20 days after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.


ECHA Launches Public Consultation on Chromium Trioxide Applications

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched a consultation on an application submitted by its Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (CTACSub 2) for the authorization of Chromium trioxide (EC 215-607-8, CAS 1333-82-0). This application covers twelve specific uses across three categories: mixture formulation, functional chrome plating on components, and surface treatments in aerospace and other industries.

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EU Announces Latest Updates on PFAS Restriction Proposal

On April 15, 2024, Germany, as one of the five initiating countries of the European Union’s proposal to restrict perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) (the other four countries include the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway), updated its assessment report based on the numerous comments collected during the six-month public consultation phase from March 22, 2023, to September 25, 2023. The assessment work was conducted by the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)

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U.S. OSHA Amends Hazard Communication Standard To Align With GHS Rev. 7

On May 20, 2024, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) amended the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the 7th Revised Edition of the UN’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The amendment includes elements from the 8th Revised Edition of the GHS and retains certain U.S.-specific requirements. The regulation takes effect on July 19, 2024, with compliance required by January 19, 2026, and for mixtures by July 19, 2027.

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EU Commission Announces New Restrictions on D4, D5, and D6

On May 16, 2024, the European Commission amended Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4), decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) and dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6). Under the 2006 REACH regulation, the amendment imposes stricter limits on the use of these chemicals in wash-off cosmetics and other consumer and professional products.

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Ukraine REACH Expected To Come into Force in June, Enterprises Facing Registration Challenges

The Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine has issued the Ukraine REACH Resolution – “On the Approval of Technical Regulations on the Safety of Chemicals” and is open for comments as of March 22, 2024.
The Ukraine REACH draft, identical to the one submitted to the World Trade Organization in 2023, establishes the Ukrainian chemical legislative framework and aims to align Ukraine’s chemical safety regulations with EU standards. Foreign companies that are importers, manufacturers or represented by a local sole representative, companies that sell chemicals (substances/mixtures) on the Ukrainian market, as well as downstream users of these chemicals will be affected by Ukraine REACH.

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Draft Revision of Vietnam Law on Chemicals To Be Submitted

The Law on Chemicals (No 06/2007/QH12) was passed by the second session of the 12th National Assembly on November 21, 2007, and has come into effect since July 1, 2008. It has become the cornerstone of Vietnam’s chemical management, reflecting the specific economic situation of the chemical industry and the development of global chemical management. After 15 years of stable implementation, the law has shown its comprehensiveness and advancement. However, with the enactment of the Planning Law, the Investment Law, and the Environmental Protection Law, etc. as well as changes in the management system, the guiding documents of the Law on Chemicals have been affected, weakening the coordination and unity of the regulatory system. Therefore, the government and the National Assembly have decided to revise the Law on Chemicals to promote regulatory consistency and management efficiency.

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PCN Inspection To Begin in Early 2025

According to the latest announcement from ECHA, the Enforcement Forum will initiate inspections related to the EU Poison Center Notifications (PCN) in January 2025. These inspections will last for six months, with the final report expected to be published at the end of 2025. Inspectors will verify not only the submission of PCN but also the accuracy of labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for mixtures.

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