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Brexit guidance to help UK organizations comply with REACH chemical regulations

The United Kingdom (UK) has left the European Union (EU), and the Brexit transition period ends this this year. On 1 January 2021 UK REACH, the UK’s independent chemicals regulatory framework, comes into force. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance to help UK companies achieve compliance with REACH chemical […]

India Proposed Draft Chemicals (Management and Safety) Rules

India has proposed the latest version of draft Rules, a notification, registration, and restriction approach. The draft Rules are to come into force on the date of their official publication, expected December 2020 or early 2021. The “Rules apply to all Substances, Substances in Mixtures and Intermediates that are Manufactured, Imported, Placed or intended to […]

The Importance of Emergency Response

Having a compliant Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) can be a challenge faced by the chemical industry. SDSs require continual review to ensure they are up to date and provide the necessary information for safe handling of the product. Arguably one of the most important parts of the SDS is section 1.4, where the emergency telephone […]

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 […]

Western University Provides Insight on the Impacts of COVID-19

New research explores the impacts of COVID-19 We thought we would take a step away from our usual regulatory news topics to discuss some exciting new research taking place here in Canada. Nexreg Compliance is based in London Ontario, which also happens to be the home of Western University (Western), one of Canada’s top research-intensive […]

Australia Relaxes Hand Sanitizer Regulations to Boost Supply

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has temporarily excluded specific hand sanitizer formulations from the usual regulatory obligations for therapeutic goods in an effort to address market shortages. For the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, hand sanitizer may be produced by following the formulation, production, testing, record-keeping, and labelling requirements outlined in the Therapeutic Goods […]

EU Classifies SARS-CoV-2 as Risk Group 3 Biological Agent

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and the Commission have agreed to classify SARS-CoV-2 as a risk 3 biological agent. This classification comes with objection,  primarily from the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) because they believe that the virus should be classified in the highest risk group, risk group 4, to ensure the maximum […]

Hand Sanitizer Recall in Canada

Health Canada has recalled multiple hand sanitizers which contain industrial-grade ethanol.  The list of recalled products can be found here. Industrial-grade ethanol is not authorized for use in the manufacture of hand sanitizers because it contains impurities and chemicals that may not be approved for safe use.  Frequent use of these products can cause dry, […]