Philippines mandates GHS labelling and reinstates licensing requirements for household cleaning products and pesticides

On 19 August 2020, the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published FDA Circular No. 2025-025 on its website, which finalized updated labeling, licensing, and registration requirements for household/urban hazardous substance products (HUHS). The Circular, which will become effective in August 2023, implements Guidelines of Administrative Order No. 2019-0019, “Reinstatement of Licensing as Importers, Exporters, […]

California bans mercury, formaldehyde, and other harmful substances from cosmetics

On 30 September 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2762 into law, making California the first US state to ban the sale of cosmetics containing more than trace amounts of 24 toxic substances. The Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, effective 1 January 2025, will ban the manufacture of sale of cosmetics containing listed substances linked to […]

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 […]

Health Canada Releases Industry Guide for Vaping Products in Canada

Health Canada has released an industry guide for vaping products that is subject to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and Part 2 of the Vaping Products Labelling and Packaging Regulations (VPLPR). The guide, Industry Guide to Vaping Products Subject to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act provides information on requirements under the Canada […]

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 […]

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, […]

Annex VIII to CLP – European poison centre notification updates

Annex VIII of CLP (Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures) on the harmonization of information relating to emergency response, was adopted in March 2017 in an effort to harmonize the information requirements under article 45 of CLP. According to Article 45 of CLP, member states are required […]