Chemical blog posts

18 January, 2019

The best advice you can hear about K-REACH

By Matthieu Duchemin

In 2015, South Korea introduced legislation designed to protect human health and the environment from the impact of chemicals. With an estimated 44,000 chemicals in use in South Korea and about 300 new chemicals marketed annually, registrants and regulators will be kept busy assessing the risk posed to humans, animals and the environment. This legislation has now been revised to impose stricter controls on a broader range of substances, effective January 1, 2019.

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17 December, 2018

How to optimize biocidal product regulation in 7 steps

By David Arrowsmith

Before a biocidal product can be authorized, you need to ensure that the active substance within the biocidal product has been approved for use under the BPR. Once an active substance is approved, you have approximately two years in which to authorize biocidal products containing that active substance. If your product has more than one active substance, the date of approval of the last active substance sets the 24-month count down.

There are many time-consuming activities when meeting the requirements of the BPR, and different authorization approaches which makes long-term planning essential.

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06 December, 2018

ECHA decision letters - all you need to know

By Naheed Rehman

The last REACH deadline was in May 2018 and brought to a close the period of active information gathering on the safety of chemical products marketed in the EU/EEA. It has resulted in a massive database of safety information on a wide range of substances, and heralds an exciting new phase of evolution in scientific and regulatory thinking. So, with the data in, the decision letters start to roll out.

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21 November, 2018

How to avoid obstacles with REACH Annexes VII-X

By Dr. David Howes

The standard information requirements for a substance outline the minimum data needed as part of a REACH registration dossier. The data describes the physicochemical, toxicological, environmental fate and ecotoxicological properties of the substance on which ECHA can make a decision regarding the safety of the substance. Data requirements vary with the amount of substance used, with additional, more complex information required as you manufacture or import more of your substance into the EU/EEA

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26 October, 2018

Envigo Science and Technology week 2018 - helping build a healthier and safer world

By Carey Rooks

Recently Envigo held its first Science and Technology Week, across some of our key locations. We spoke to our President of EMEA Operations Lizanne Muller about this positive new program. Lizanne is based at our Huntingdon facility. She said: “Science and Technology Week was developed to celebrate the work that takes place across our organization every day. It was wonderful to see so many people sharing their passion for the work they do.” During the week we also invited our suppliers to join in our celebrations and discuss our ongoing partnerships.

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07 September, 2018

Safety first: your guide to the Toxic Substances Control Act

By Naheed Rehman

Every government is keen to ensure that the chemicals produced, manufactured and used within their countries are safe for consumers and used appropriately.  The ‘Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act’ was signed by President Obama on June 22, 2016.  It is in effect now for new and existing chemicals and is the United States’ main chemical management law. Find out here.

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19 July, 2018

How to run environmental fate studies on industrial chemicals the right way!

By Robert Unsworth

Environmental fate studies are well established for crop protection chemicals and pharmaceuticals and are becoming commonplace for industrial chemicals, but what are the key considerations for setting up and running them?

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20 March, 2018

Brexit and REACH: what will the future hold?

By Naheed Rehman

It’s hard to avoid the topic of Brexit. It pervades almost everything we do both professionally and personally. In this post, we explore the uncertainties Brexit presents and how much energy is being spent in speculation about, as well as planning for, multiple possible outcomes.

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13 December, 2017

Understanding EOGRTS - 3 key factors when conducting OECD 443 studies

By Dr. David Howes

After successfully completing some of our first studies relating to the extended one generation reproductive toxicity study (EOGRTS) OECD test guideline (TG) 443 we felt it appropriate to share some key findings.  Three vitally important factors are experience, communication and planning.

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10 October, 2017

The toxic substances control act (TSCA): one year on

By Naheed Rehman

Chemist testing laboratory chemicalsOn 22 June 2016, the ‘Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act’ became law in the USA. This act amended the ‘Toxic Substances Control Act’ (TSCA), which is the primary US chemicals management law. One year on, on 22 June 2017,2 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fulfilled its statutory duty by issuing additional rules and guidance. But what will the new TSCA achieve and how will it impact chemical producers and importers? Read on to find out more.

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