Stay up to date with some of the biggest regulatory and chemical management stories from the last 7 days.
Every week Chemical Watch journalists will explain the background and significance of 3 key stories, giving you additional context and insight into the regulatory and chemical management developments affecting you, your team and your organisation.
Polymer registration in Europe, Kingfisher's phthalates phase-out, financing chemicals management in developing countries
In this edition of the Chemical Watch Podcast, global managing editor Kate Lowe is joined by Europe correspondent Clelia Oziel, business editor Leigh Stringer, and global and emerging markets reporter Ginger Hervey to discuss the issues behind three recent chemicals management stories.
We start in Europe where the American Chemistry Council has joined EU industry groups in urging the European Commission to adopt a "common" approach to polymer registration based on exempting chemicals considered to be of low concern.
Turning to business, we take a look at the European home improvement company Kingfisher which since the start of 2019 has been working towards phasing out phthalates, per-fluorinated and poly-fluorinated chemicals and halogenated flame retardants from its own-brand products by 2025 – and look at the progress the company has made.
Finally, we turn to the global problem of how to finance sound management of chemicals and waste in developing countries – and taking a look at a call from a network of NGOs for an internationally coordinated tax to be imposed on basic chemicals.
PFASs in US food packaging; EU chemical strategy; China's revised new chemical regulation
In this edition of the Chemical Watch Podcast, global managing editor Kate Lowe is joined from Washington DC by North America reporter Jon Kelvey, from Brussels by Europe reporter Kathryn Carlson, and from London by Asia reporter Ellen Daliday.
The podcast starts in the US, where a steady trickle of states have put forward bills to restrict the use in food packaging of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). We ask whether that trickle, joined last week by Michigan where a bill has been proposed that would ban PFASs and bisphenols from food packaging, could become a flood.
Next, we head to Europe where the much anticipated chemical strategy for sustainability – part of the EU’s Green Deal – is due to be issued on 14th October, but, as a Chemical Watch Global Business Summit heard last week, remains the subject of a final round of "substantial" discussions by European Commission directorates.
And finally we turn to China, where industry specialists have raised concerns that the majority of new substances are going to meet criteria for persistence under the country's revised overarching chemical regulation for new chemicals, MEE Order 12 – and will therefore be subject to increased data requirements laid out in the draft guidance.
California's cosmetics bill; UK REACH data deadlines and consultation changes; TSCA final scope documents and fees list
In this week's episode, North America reporter Jon Kelvey talks about the significance of a bill which has been passed in California restricting more than a dozen substances from cosmetic products and banning the manufacture or sale of cosmetics containing those substances from January 2025.
Also on the podcast, global managing editor, Kate Lowe, is joined by Europe correspondent Clelia Oziel who reveals the thinking behind the UK government's decision to give industry more time – up to six years in some cases – to complete registration dossiers under the UK REACH which comes into being on 1 January 2021.
And staying with the transition to UK REACH, Europe reporter Kathryn Carlson talks about the UK government’s disbanding of the expert trade advisory group for the chemicals sector – a move which NGOs fear could lead to compromises on environmental protection and health as the country negotiates post-Brexit trade deals involving chemicals.
Finally, we return to the US and hear from North America managing editor Terry Hyland about the publication last Friday by the US Environmental Protection Agency of the final scope documents for risk evaluation of 20 high-priority substances under TSCA. Also on Friday the final list was released of companies that will be responsible for paying a share of the $1.35m fee that comes with each risk evaluation. So a big day for chemicals management.
Investigating PFASs in electronics; Stricter supervision for cosmetics in China; How to bring polymers under REACH
In this latest episode of the Chemical Watch Podcast, our North America managing editor Terry Hyland talks about work being carried out by electronics association IPC to better understand the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) within the electronics sector; an investigation that has been sparked by increasing regulation of PFASs around the globe.
Also on the podcast, global managing editor, Kate Lowe, is joined by Chemical Watch Asia reporter Ellen Daliday and science editor Andrew Turley.
They take a look at the impact on industry of stricter supervision requirements outlined in recently published draft technical guidelines for the production and supply of cosmetics in China.
Finally, they turn to Europe, where regulators are once again looking at how polymers might be brought under REACH, and consider why this is such a challenging task.
TSCA 'critical use' exemptions; EU BPR derogations 'cliff edge'; SCIP database worries
In this latest episode of the Chemical Watch Podcast, North America managing editor Terry Hyland talks about the upturn in requests to the US EPA to consider exempting certain ‘critical uses’ from potential regulatory activity under TSCA – a development which appears to be driven by a ramping up of risk management activity under the amended law.
Also on the podcast, global managing editor, Kate Lowe, is joined by Chemical Watch biocides editor Vanessa Zainzinger and business editor Leigh Stringer.
They discuss what happens when derogations made under a clause in the EU biocidal products Regulation for the production of disinfectants in the wake of coronavirus Covid-19, expire in September.
Finally, staying with Europe, the conversation turns to industry’s readiness to submit data on substances of concern in products to Echa’s SCIP database.
Echa finances; Toxic chemicals exports; Taiwan deadline extension plan
In this latest episode of the Chemical Watch Podcast, editorial director, Geraint Roberts, talks about concerns flagged by the European Chemicals Agency Echa, that its contribution to the European Green Deal agenda and chemicals strategy for sustainability will be at risk unless, "stability, predictability and certainty of financing are guaranteed."
Also on the podcast, global managing editor, Kate Lowe, is joined by Chemical Watch's emerging markets reporter Ginger Hervey and Asia reporter Ellen Daliday.
They discuss the call from three dozen UN human rights experts for nations to stop allowing the export – frequently to developing regions – of toxic chemicals which are banned in their own jurisdictions.
Finally, the conversation turns to the possible ramifications of a likely extension by the Taiwanese authorities of the registration deadline for the first batch of 106 priority existing chemicals – or Pecs – until at least 2023.