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Whether you work with chemicals, have an interest in how chemicals affect us and the environment or work as a journalist or decision-maker in the field of manufactured chemicals, the Safer Chemicals Podcast is for you. We give you the latest updates on how chemicals are being regulated in the EU and what harmful chemicals are being phased out. Listen to expert views on chemical safety in the EU and join the scientific discussion on key topics including microplastics, glyphosate, endocrine disruptors, chemicals used in tattoo inks, and much more. Hosted by Adam Elwan and Päivi Jokiniemi from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Visit our website: https://echa.europa.eu/

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Whether you work with chemicals, have an interest in how chemicals affect us and the environment or work as a journalist or decision-maker in the field of manufactured chemicals, the Safer Chemicals Podcast is for you. We give you the latest updates on how chemicals are being regulated in the EU and what harmful chemicals are being phased out. Listen to expert views on chemical safety in the EU and join the scientific discussion on key topics including microplastics, glyphosate, endocrine disruptors, chemicals used in tattoo inks, and much more. Hosted by Adam Elwan and Päivi Jokiniemi from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Visit our website: https://echa.europa.eu/

    Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committees: Limiting lead use for outdoor shooting and fishing

    Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committees: Limiting lead use for outdoor shooting and fishing

    Our scientific committees have had their last meetings of the year and in this episode we cover the outcomes of the Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis committees.
    Tim, the Chair of the Risk Assessment Committee and Maria who chairs the Socio-Economic Analysis Committee join us.

    We talk about the restriction of lead ammunition for hunting and outdoor sports shooting and lead used in fishing tackle. Here, the Socio-Economic Analysis Committee adopted its opinion on the costs and benefits and the Risk Assessment Committee carried out a further analysis of data from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the risks from ingesting lead through game meat.

    Also on the agenda were the restriction of Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in clay targets for shooting and an opinion on occupational exposure limits for cobalt and inorganic cobalt compounds.
    Tim also talks us through setting a derived no-effect level for DOTE to protect workers, a chemical which is on the REACH Authorisation List of substances of very high concern.

    What the committees do

    The two committees prepare scientific opinions that are used by the European Commission and EU member states when deciding how chemical risks need to be controlled. They are made up of scientists from EU Member States and have observers from EU organisations that represent different sectors and interests.

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    Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committees: Cancer-causing PAHs in clay targets need an EU-wide banGive us feedback

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    ECHA’s scientific committees support limiting lead use for outdoor shooting and fishing - ECHA news, 30 November 2022Highlights from December RAC and SEAC meetings - ECHA update, 8 December 2022Risk Assessment CommitteeSocio-Economic Analysis Committee**************
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    Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication. 

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    Biocidal Products Committee: Rodent traps can be effective at controlling house mice infestations

    Biocidal Products Committee: Rodent traps can be effective at controlling house mice infestations

    This episode gives you the highlights from the November meeting of our Biocidal Products Committee. Our guest is the Chair of the Committee, Erik van de Plassche.

    The main topic of the episode is the comparative assessment of anticoagulant rodenticides. We cover the main points of discussion and motivation for the committee’s opinion.

    We also discuss the guidance on analysis of alternatives that was on the agenda for agreement, most interesting opinions on active substance approval and hear how the committee is planning to harmonise and streamline its processes to get ready for the future work load.

    For more background, you can listen to our previous episodes where the comparative assessment of anticoagulant rodenticides were discussed:

    Biocidal Products Committee: Sulphur dioxide, iodine & anticoagulant rodenticides

    Highlights from the December 2021 Biocidal Products Committee

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    Rodent traps can be effective at controlling house mice infestations - news, 29 November 2022

    Biocidal Products Committee

    Background
    The Committee prepares scientific opinions for the European Commission on biocidal active substances and on EU-wide authorisations of biocidal products.

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    EU enforcement project to focus on imported products: Enforcement Forum November highlights

    EU enforcement project to focus on imported products: Enforcement Forum November highlights

    Katja Vom Hofe, the Chair of the Enforcement Forum joins us to shed light on the discussions of the Forum in their November meeting.

    We talk about: 
    The next REACH enforcement project that will investigate how companies fulfil their registration, authorisation and restriction obligations for products and chemicals they import from outside the EU. The publication of the Forum's future advice on the enforceability of new restriction proposals under REACH.Opportunities for expanding the role of the Forum and strengthening the control of imports as well as the enforceability of REACH restrictions, for example, in textiles or on the use of lead gunshot in wetlands as well as analytical methods relevant for the control of REACH duties.Next EU-wide REACH enforcement project to focus on imported products -
    ECHA news, 16 November 2022
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    Report on the pilot project on cooperation with customs in enforcement of REACH restrictions and CLP labelling [PDF] [EN]Forum enforcement projectsEnforcement ForumMeeting agendasLegislationBackground

    The Forum and the BPRS are a network of enforcement authorities from the EU and EEA. They are responsible for coordinating the enforcement of REACH, CLP, PIC, POPs and BPR chemicals legislation. Their aim is to protect peoples’ health and the environment while ensuring a level playing field for companies on the EU market.

    The Forum met on 7-11 November and the BPRS on 16 November. The next Forum and BPRS meetings takes place in March 2023.

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    • 18 min
    Biocidal Products Committee: Sulphur dioxide, iodine & anticoagulant rodenticides

    Biocidal Products Committee: Sulphur dioxide, iodine & anticoagulant rodenticides

    Highlights from the September 2022 meeting of our Biocidal Products Committee. Our guest is Erik van de Plassche, the Chair of the Committee.

    We talk about:
    Active substance approvals
    Properties that lead to meeting exclusion or substitution criteria, specifically persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic or very persistent and very bioaccumulative substances.Sulphur dioxide generated from sulphur by combustion for the food and feed area as well as Sulphur dioxide released from sodium metabisulphite for fibre, leather, rubber and polymerised material preservatives.Ozone generated from oxygen for several product-types.Mecetronium ethyl sulphate (MES) for human hygiene.
    Requests from the European Commission
    Iodine and PVP-iodine as disinfectants – opinion on whether they are considered to have endocrine disrupting properties for humans and non-target organisms.Comparative assessment of anticoagulant rodenticides and rodent traps.Listen to our previous episode where the draft guidance for comparative assessment of anticoagulant rodenticides was discussed.
    Union authorisations
    Union authorisation application for active chlorine released from sodium hypochlorite (biocidal products family with large consortiums as applicants)
    What the Biocidal Products Committee does
    The Committee prepares scientific opinions for the European Commission on biocidal active substances and on EU-wide authorisations of biocidal products.
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    Highlights from September BPC meeting - ECHA news, 5 October 2022


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    • 31 min
    Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committees: Cancer-causing PAHs in clay targets need an EU-wide ban

    Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committees: Cancer-causing PAHs in clay targets need an EU-wide ban

    Tim Bowmer and Maria Ottati, Chairs of our committees for risk assessment and socio-economic analysis join us to share the highlights from their September meetings.

    On the agenda:
    Restricting polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in clay targets for shooting 
    The restriction prevents further environmental emissions of these toxic and very persistent substances that build up in people and animals. Many PAHs are also known to cause cancer.

    Restriction of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT)
    The  Socio-Economic Analysis Committee concluded that the restriction is an appropriate EU-wide measure to address the identified risks while taking into account the benefits and costs to society.

    The proposal limits the placing on the market and use of 2,4-DNT in consumer and professional products. 2,4-DNT may cause cancer.

    Listen to our previous episode that covers 2,4-DNT.

    Nine opinions of the Risk Assessment Committee on the harmonised classification and labelling for several borate salts

    Update on the proposed restriction of lead in outdoor shooting and fishing - consultation comments received and next steps

    Listen to our previous episode on lead in outdoor shooting and fishing.Tim and Maria walk us through the committees' opinions and how they reached their conclusions.
    What the committees do

    The two committees prepare scientific opinions that are used by the European Commission and EU member states when deciding how chemical risks need to be controlled. They are made up of scientists from EU Member States and have observers from EU organisations that represent different sectors and interests.

    Give us feedback

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    Cancer-causing PAHs in clay targets need an EU-wide ban - ECHA news, 20 September 2022Risk Assessment CommitteeSocio-Economic Analysis Committee**************
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    Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication. 

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    OECD – 50 years of improving chemical safety worldwide

    OECD – 50 years of improving chemical safety worldwide

    In 2022, the Chemicals Programme of the OECD – the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – celebrates its 50th anniversary. The aim of the programme has been to improve chemical safety worldwide. 
    In this episode, we’ll speak with Bob Diderich, Head of the Environment, Health and Safety Division of the OECD. We first have a look back and reflect on some of the successes of the organisation before going into more details on what still needs to be done to further harmonise chemicals assessment across the world. But we also discuss the challenge of animal testing that is common to many OECD countries and how the road towards wider acceptance of alternative methods might look.

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