What’s happening with regard to chemical regulations internationally? Here are some updates we’ve prepared for you for May 2023.

Eight substances recommended for REACH Authorisation

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has recommended that the European Commission adds eight substances, including lead, to the REACH Authorisation List.

Lead is used in batteries, cables, vehicles, machinery, electronics, among other products, and may be of high interest to Landbell Group’s clients.

Once substances are added to the list, companies will need to apply for authorisation to continue using them. The authorisation process aims at enhancing the substitution of hazardous substances with technically and economically viable alternatives when such are available. Until this is achieved, the goal is to ensure proper control of risks for human health and the environment.

Further information is available on the ECHA website. For more information, please contact us here.

Public consultation on proposed PFAS restriction open

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has invited comments from companies on the manufacture, placing on the market, and use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by 25 September 2023.

The consultation gives anyone with information on PFAS the opportunity to have their say. Of particular interest is information relevant to risks, socio-economic aspects, and alternative substances.

ECHA’s scientific committees will use the consultation input to evaluate the proposed restriction and form an opinion on it.

Full details of the proposal and how to submit comments are available here.