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A novel approach for characterising pH-dependent uptake of ionisable chemicals in aquatic organisms

The present study evaluated a combined experimental and modelling approach for characterising the uptake of ionisable chemicals from water and sediments into aquatic organisms under different pH conditions. The authors illustrate and evaluate the approach for two pharmaceuticals (diclofenac and fluoxetine) and one personal care product ingredient (triclosan) for the oligochaete Lumbriculus variegatus. Initially, […]

Germany TRGS 900 Workplace exposure limits updated

On 8 June 2017, the German Committee on Hazardous Substances (Ausschuss für Gefahrstoffe – AGS) Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances (TRGS) 900 Workplace exposure limits were updated. 7 substances were added to the list, whilst limits for 3 substances were updated. In addition, remarks for 2 substances were also updated. Occupational exposure limits (OELs) […]

Spain Poison Centre Notification Deadline to be Postponed until June 1, 2024 for Hazardous Mixtures Intended for Industrial Use

On 31 May 2017, the Ministry of Justice issued a proposal under Order JUS/XXX/2017 aimed at updating the procedure for notifying chemical products to the National Toxicological and Forensic Sciences Institute (INTCF). It has been made to incorporate regulatory progress made by Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/542 of 22 March 2017, amending Regulation (EC) No […]

Sweden to Require Information on Nanomaterials in Product Register Notifications

On 7 June 2017, Sweden notified the European Commission (EC) that it intends to amend the information requirements concerning the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s (KEMI) product register to require notifiers to provide information on nanomaterials contained in the product. Under the draft regulation, the requirement will apply to nanomaterials that have been intentionally added […]

FDA Sets Public Meeting on Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will use the 10-11 July meeting to engage outside experts in a discussion of how it can better leverage existing data sources and methods to evaluate the impact of these products in the real world and what new data sources and study designs could be used […]

Public consultation: epidemiological studies and pesticides

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has opened a public consultation on its scientific opinion looking at the use of epidemiological studies in risk assessment of pesticides. The opinion examines the methodological limitations that affect the quality of such studies and makes recommendations on how to improve their quality and reliability and thus facilitate […]

Switzerland Inventory of Notified New Substances updated

On 12 June 2017, Switzerland updated the Inventory of Notified New Substances, which lists the new substances which have already been notified or registered in Switzerland. If a new substance is manufactured or imported into Switzerland in a volume ? 1 tonne per year, then that substance must be notified to the Swiss Chemicals […]

Canada Delays GHS Implementation Deadline

Canada has delayed its upcoming deadline requiring chemical manufacturers and importers to comply with the updated WHMIS 2015 legislation. The original June 2017 cut-off point has been pushed back by one year. This updated deadline – which came by a recent Order in Council – is expected to be published in the Canada Gazette […]

EPA Proposes Longer Stay of Portions of Oil and Gas Standards

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking steps to ensure portions of the agency’s 2016 New Source Performance Standards for the oil and natural gas industry do not take effect while the agency works through the reconsideration process. The agency is proposing a two-year stay of the fugitive emissions, pneumatic pump and […]

New Zealand Inventory of Chemicals (NZIoC) June 2017 update

The June 2017 version of the New Zealand Inventory of Chemicals (NZIoC) has been published, adding 52 new listings and revising the status of 7 substances already listed. The NZIoC is a database of all the hazardous chemical components of products approved under group standards. Group standards are approvals for a group of hazardous […]