Press Releases

16th June 2016

New criteria published for endocrine disruptors

d. he European Commission has announced scientific criteria to determine what is an endocrine disruptor under the pesticides and biocides regulations. ECHA (European Chemical Agency) is assessing how the new criteria will impact its work under the Biocidal Products Regulation.

16th June 2016

Report into the grounding of the cruise ship Hamburg

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published a report on the grounding of the cruise ship Hamburg in the Sound of Mull in May 2015.

The conclusions made are that: i) Hamburg grounded on the charted New Rocks shoal because the bridge team did not recognise that their vessel was approaching the shoal, which is marked by a buoy, from an unsafe direction. ii) Insufficient attention was being paid to the conduct of navigation on Hamburg. iii) Hamburg’s bridge team failed to operate in a structured manner either before or after the grounding. Specifically: • The individuals on the bridge were working in isolation, with no recognition of their individual responsibilities, and were, therefore, unable to provide the master with the assistance he required to maintain his situational awareness. • No actions or decisions taken at any stage on Hamburg’s bridge, before or following the grounding, were questioned by any member of the bridge team. • As a result of poor communication, the bridge team were unable to respond effectively to the challenges resulting from the developing traffic situation in their approach to the New Rocks shoal. iv) Once Hamburg entered the Sound of Mull there were insufficient personnel on the bridge, even had their tasks been clearly specified, for the master to maintain situational awareness. v) The master did not demand a high standard of navigational practices from his officers.

10th June 2016

ECHA identifies two substances of very high concern

The ECHA (the European Chemical Agency) has proposed that two substances be identified as substances of very high concern (SVHC). These are the phthalate DCHP, due to its toxicity for reproduction and endocrine disruptive effects to humans, and 3-benzylidene camphor due to its endocrine disruptive effects to the environment.