Chemical blog posts

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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21 June, 2018

5 fundamentals of successful environmental fate studies for industrial chemicals

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 Richard Harrison

It’s hard to avoid the topic of Brexit. It pervades almost everything we do both professionally and personally. In this post, first published in the March/April 2018 edition of Speciality Chemicals Magazine, 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 Richard Harrison

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 Kate Newell

Laboratory chemicals.jpgOn 22nd 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 22nd 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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23 August, 2017

Biocides - what to expect when you've submitted

By David Arrowsmith

You’ve got your biocidal product authorization prepared and submitted your application to the Register for Biocidal Products (R4BP); so it’s time to relax and sit back – right? Not quite! You still have a lot to do to get your product successfully through authorization. Read on to find out some tips for surviving the validation and evaluation phases of your biocidal product authorization.

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04 July, 2017

Life beyond 2018 - navigate through the hurdles

By Chris Cordon

In a turbulent world, where the geopolitical order is in transition, the one thing you can rely on is the constancy of the May 2018 REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) deadline. Yes, Thursday May 31st 2018 is the deadline for registering existing substances used in low volumes (one to 100 tonnes per year) in the EU. Although this marks the formal finish of dossier generation for existing substances, it is by no means the end of the process. Read on to find out about the hurdles you’ll meet on the road post-REACH submission.

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15 June, 2017

Do you know your QSARs from your SPECT?

By Kate Newell

As the drive to reduce, refine and replace animal testing continues, the array of non-animal technologies (NATs) is increasing. But do you know your QSAR from your SPECT? And will either be accepted by regulators? Read on to find answers.

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24 April, 2017

Start your REACH journey before it's too late

By Kate Newell

Starting your registration for REACH Phase 3 can seem a daunting task. Here’s how to beat the ticking clock, and spare yourself some major EU headaches.

REACH so far
Phase 3 of REACH is in progress now. The deadline for Phase 3 is June 1, 2018. The deadline for pre-registration is even sooner - 31 May 2017.

It’s almost ten years since the European Union (EU) established its REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) regulations. Broadly speaking, REACH’s Phase 1 in 2010 covered chemical substances of very high concern. This phase dealt mainly with larger volume suppliers. Phase 2 of REACH followed in 2013. Now it included companies that manufactured or imported chemical substances in quantities between 100 and 1,000 tpa. Phases 1 and 2 are now complete. Between them thousands of chemical substances have been registered.

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23 April, 2017

Everything you need to know about biocides 101

By Kate Newell

Here you can find all you ought to know about biocides. Discover what they are, how they’re regulated, and the secrets to getting your product registered successfully.

What is a biocidal product?
In the words of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), a “biocidal product” means:

“. . .any substance or mixture, in the form in which it is supplied to the user, or generated from that form, containing or generating one or more active substances, with the intention of destroying, deterring, rendering harmless, preventing the action of, or otherwise exerting a controlling effect on, any harmful organism by any means other than mere physical or mechanical action.”

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