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Canada seeks substitution input for chemical management programme

Canada’s Chemical Management Plan (CMP) is aimed at reducing the risks posed by chemicals to Canadians and their environment. One of the policy options Canada is considering incorporating in the post-2020 phase is informed substitution – “the considered transition from a chemical of concern to safer chemicals or non-chemical alternatives”. The Canadian government commissioned the […]

Australia Delays Implementation of Industrial Chemical Law

Australia’s newest Industrial Chemical Law was initially scheduled to be implemented on July 1, 2019. However, due to Senate delays, debates have yet to be held regarding the new legislation, which is now expected to come into force July 1, 2020. This new law, which includes six bills would replace the current chemical agency NICNAS […]

Looking ahead: ECHA’s future strategic plan

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Management Board has adopted ECHA’s Multi-Annual Strategy which sets priorities for the agency for the years 2019 through 2023.  ECHA’s strategic plan identifies three main priorities: Identification and risk management of substances of concern. Safe and sustainable use of chemicals by industry. Sustainable management of chemicals through the implementation of […]

Amended K-REACH Regulation comes into force

  The amended Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemical Substances in South Korea (K-REACH) came into force on 1 Jan 2019. Companies that manufacture or import existing chemicals in South Korea at 1 ton or more per year have an obligation to pre-report between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2019. Pre-notification requirements […]

New REACH information requirements for nanomaterials adopted by the European commission

  New amendments to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation clarify what information companies placing nanoform substances on the market must provide in their registration dossiers. The new rules apply as of 1 January 2020. Nanomaterials are chemicals substances with specialized features at the nanoscale, between 1 nm and 100nm. They […]

Canada Tackles Hydrofluorocarbons

In response to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, the Government of Canada has amended their current Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations to incorporate a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase-down plan to limit HFC consumption by 85% by 2036. The plan begins in 2019, with a 10% cut to “baseline” levels of HFC consumption. This […]

Kigali Amendment Comes into Force January 1st, 2019

  The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol will officially come into effect on January 1st, 2019. The main goal is to phase down on powerful greenhouse gases, known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are synthetic substances used mainly in refrigeration, air-conditioning equipment, propellants in foams and aerosols. The global warming effect of HFCs is up […]

WHMIS Annual Adjustment Fees

As of April 1st  2019, fees for exemption claims filed under the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act (HMIRA) have been adjusted as indicated in the table below. Summary of the Annual Adjusted Fees: Claim Type Number of Claims (Filed at one time) 2018-2019 Fee Amount (per claim) 2019-2020 Adjusted Fee Amount** (per claim) **Fee adjustment […]