Competent authorities from Europe, NGOs and academics have come together to develop smartphone application for consumers to identify substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in articles.
A research made by Swedish Chemical Agency (Kemi) found that 37 bisphenols could have endocrine disrupting properties. Only recently European Commission considered bispehnol A (BPA) as a substance of very high concern because of its toxic reproductive properties. Kemi's founding sheds new light on the whole group of bisphenols.
European Commission has recently released newest “Eurobarometer” survey about chemical safety. Survey was released last month. It analyses public awareness and information about chemicals, public perceptions about safety of chemicals and who is and should be responsive, also – awareness and understanding of chemical hazard pictograms.
The workshop about “Reduction of Hazardous Substances from urban sources – strategies, tools and incentives municipalities can implement” took place in Turku, Finland and gathered ca. 70 participants from the states around the Baltic Sea to discuss procurement policies in cities.
The national roundtables about the implementation of substitution measures of hazardous chemicals with authorities were organised in all three Baltic States at the end of 2016. The main goal of the meetings was to discuss and find the best solution on how to better implement the substitution measures at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and also inform the authorities about the project progress.
Marketplace is a new website which provides the possibility to find and offer safer alternatives (substances, processes, tehnologies) to other enterprises, and promote less use of substances of very high concern (SVHCs). The website was created by Swedish NGO ChemSec.
From 1 June 2017, all chemical products placed on the market have to be labelled in accordance with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation.
An international seminar "Enforcement practices with regard to the REACH Regulation" took place on 1st and 2nd of February 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. Approximately 60 representatives from 10 European Union Member States and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) were exchanging experience and discussing several issues in relation to the enforcement of specific provisions of the EU chemicals regulation REACH.