Press Releases

7th June 2016

Changes to REACH test methods

The amended REACH annexes concerning skin and eye irritation and acute dermal toxicity have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union and will enter into force on 20 June. The REACH requirements for skin corrosion/irritation, serious eye damage/eye irritation, acute dermal toxicity and skin sensitisation are changing, making non-animal testing the default requirement. ECHA (European Chemical Agency) reminds registrants of their obligations to consider and, where possible, use alternative methods.

10th May 2016

ECHA sets 1st Sept deadline for substance approval

The ECHA reminds companies that, by 1st September, they should apply for the approval of active substances in biocidal products which fall within the scope of the revised Biocidal Products Regulation.

This deadline concerns two groups:

Active substances in food contact materials for surface action. In situ generated active substances with precursors that were not in the scope of the directive because they were not placed on the market, or because no claim was made that these precursors could be used for a biocidal purpose.
5th January 2016

HSE has published a new health and safety strategy for the UK

The HSE has just published six themes which will form the strategy for the next five years. They will cover.

Promoting broader ownership of workplace health and safety Highlighting and tackling the burden of work-related ill-health Supporting small firms Enabling productivity through proportionate risk management Anticipating and tackling the challenges of new technology and ways of working Sharing the benefits of Great Britain’s approach