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Update on New York’s Right to Know Act

A judge has issued a decision to invalidate the Household Cleaning Product Information Disclosure Program on the grounds that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) did not follow the proper rule making process, according to the New York State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA). The basis of this decision was that NYSDEC referred […]

Illinois bans sale of animal-tested cosmetics

Illinois becomes the third state to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics, joining California and Nevada as well as over 30 other countries around the globe. Signed into law on 9 August 2019, bill SB 241 forbids the sale or import of cosmetics manufactured or developed using animal testing after 1 January 2020. The legislation […]

Proposition 65 ‘intent to sue’ notices

Multiple companies have received notifications of Intent to Sue claiming that their products sold violated California’s chemical exposure warning law, Proposition 65. The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also called Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is aimed to protect the State’s drinking water from toxic chemicals and to inform its citizens of […]

Draft for Chemical Management in Sri Lanka

A draft national policy on chemical management in Sri Lanka is anticipated to reach cabinet in a few months. If the policy is agreed upon by the Ministers the draft will then be sent to Parliament, and if approved by Parliament, the policy will become law. The focus of the policy will be on the […]

EU Poison Centre Update

European Union Plans to Delay First Poison Centre Notification Deadline to 1 January 2021 On 19 July 2019, the European Union (EU) submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) a notice of amendments to Annex VIII of the Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation) that […]

Substances added to REACH Candidate list

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has added four substances to the Candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) which now brings the total to 201. The list of chemicals is generally updated twice a year. The new chemicals are as follows: tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, […]

Proposed Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations

The proposed Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on July 6, 2019. The anticipated regulations will be open for comments for a duration of 75 days, ending on September 19, 2019. The proposed Regulations also considered comments received regarding the 2013 consultation document. Canada […]

Japan Revises Standards to 6th GHS Revision

Japan has updated their GHS standards to align with the 6th GHS revision. The new standards are as follows: JIS Z 7252 – chemical classification for GHS labelling; and JIS Z 7253 – hazard communication for GHS labelling and SDS.   Businesses will have until May 24, 2022 to comply with the new standards. Some […]

EU Poison Centre Notification

A wide variety of chemical products are available on the EU market for use by professionals and the general public. These products can pose hazards due to unintentional exposure in cases of misuse or accidents. It is crucial that emergency responders have immediate access to accurate and relevant information about the chemical product in question […]

Canada Considering a Ban on Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Bill S-214 has been introduced into Canada’s House of Commons to ban the sale and manufacture of cosmetics tested on animals. The Commons will only have until the federal elections to pass the Bill. S-214 would amend Canada’s Food and Drug Act, banning the sale and manufacture of cosmetics tested on animals as well as […]