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ECHA updates its Candidate List of substances of very high concern

On 7 July, ECHA added a new vPvB (very persistent and very bioaccumulative) substance to the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs). PFHxS (perfluorohexane-1-sulfonic acid) is a member of the group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and may be used as a plasticiser, lubricant, wetting agent or corrosion inhibitor and in fire-fighting foams. Following a proposal by Sweden, PFHxS and its salts were identified by the Member State Committee as vPvB substances in accordance with the criteria…

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Latest BPR guidance from ECHA

The most recent update of ECHA’s Guidance on the Biocidal Products Regulation has been released. Volume IV Environment – Assessment and Evaluation (Parts B + C) provides technical advice on performing the hazard and exposure assessment and risk characterisation for biocidal active substances with respect to environmental risk assessment. Version 2.0 of this section of the guidance is now available in its latest draft form (PDF). All of ECHA’s guidance on biocides legislation can be downloaded from the agency’s website.

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BPR application and re-registration of biocidal products based on active chlorine

Catherine Alhaddad of Kerona Scientific attended the CTGB Workshop on BPR application and re-registration of biocidal products based on active chlorine released from sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite and chlorine, which was held at the CTGB in Ede on the 20th of June 2017. The active substances sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite and chlorine are authorised for use in several product types (PTs). Following the expected approval date of January 2019, the re-registration of all biocides based on these active substances (ASs)…

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EU Member States endorse proposal on endocrine disruptors

Proposed scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors under the plant protection products (PPP) legislation are to be adopted following a vote by EU Member States representatives in Brussels on 4 July. The WHO defines an endocrine disruptor as “an exogenous substance or mixture that alters function(s) of the endocrine system and consequently causes adverse health effects in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub)populations”. Although consumers are protected from endocrine disruptors by existing legislation, no formal criteria have been…

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