Esso Raffinage Appeals Developmental Toxicity Study On Second Species

“Appeal lodged with European Court just published.
Esso Raffinage has asked the European Court to annul a statement of non-compliance (Sonc) issued by Echa.

The Sonc was adopted in April, but details of the company’s appeal were only published in the EU Official journal on 28 September.

The company’s second plea says Echa breached REACH Article 42(1). This says the agency shall examine any information submitted in consequence of a decision taken under Articles 40 (examination of testing proposals) or 41 (compliance check of registrations).

More specifically it relates to a request by Echa for the company to conduct a prenatal developmental toxicity study on a second species. The appeal notice says Echa committed an error in interpreting the information requirements regarding Annex X, section 8(7)(2) as there is no de facto requirement to conduct such a study.

In May Echa announced that to meet prenatal developmental toxicity information requirements for high volume substances (as set out in Annex X), registrants would have to provide data on two species from 1 September, but should avoid unnecessary animal testing.”

Article by Geraint Roberts
Appeal notice :

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‘Internal Company Culture’ Biggest Barrier To Innovation, Says VCI

2015-09-14-vci-innovationsstuide-podium-01-sps1937-482x322-bild-grossWhat strengthens, what hinders innovation in the chemical industry? – From the right: Marijn Dekkers, President of VCI, Utz Tillmann, director-general of VCI and Juan Rigall (Santiago) presented the new study « Pave the Way for Innovation ».

Complexity of regulation also important

“The innovation culture inside companies is the “largest hindrance” to innovation, according to a study by the German chemical industry association (VCI).
The study is based on a survey of nearly 200 VCI member companies and 70 interviews with “experts, customers and cooperation partners from science”.

It found that such firms suffer from:

• an overly large number of projects;
• company internal bureaucracy; and
• long decision paths.

But there are external hurdles “more or less to the same degree”, says the VCI. Most of the companies said regulations are more complex in Germany than in other countries. In particular, resource-intensive licensing and approval procedures for chemical products put an excessive strain on SMEs and on the pharmaceutical and pesticide sectors.

The VCI says that of the external barriers facing German firms, “regulation and bureaucracy weigh considerably more than other issues, such as labour bottlenecks, financing, and public acceptance.

« In terms of significance, REACH ranks second behind the burden posed by notification, licensing and authorisation procedures in general.”
This, it says, is because all chemical companies are affected by REACH, with smaller firms affected the most.

The association says REACH also makes innovation more difficult. Just under half of the respondents experienced « impairments » because of the associated costs and staffing burden.

Asked if the study also considered whether REACH provides any positive drivers for innovation – such as the way it sets equally detailed information requirements for existing substances as well as for new ones – the VCI told Chemical Watch it is too early to judge whether the Regulation contributes positively to innovation and the competitiveness of the European chemical industry.

But “up to now, not many positive effects on innovation were observed stemming from REACH. It is more of the opposite … for SMEs, the development of new substances is severely impeded by the high costs and the considerable need to allocate expert time for filing a REACH dossier.”

Speaking at the study’s launch last month, VCI president Marijn Dekkers said many people see the chemical-pharmaceutical industry as a sector that creates problems instead of solving them. Therefore the industry must convince people that it creates innovative products for solving problems. One way to help build a culture of trust, he said, would be to appoint a chief scientific adviser to the federal government and parliament. Dr Dekkers did not, however, mention REACH in his speech.

The association says the 2012 European Commission study on the impact of REACH on the chemical industry’s ability to innovate « demonstrated some concerning developments ».

These, it says, include:

• shift of personnel from R&D units to regulatory/compliance units;
• lack of sound business planning due to uncertainties in the authorisation procedure;
• an increased time to market; and
• insufficient protection of CBI.

The interim report, published earlier this year, on a Commission follow-up study, says the VCI, “highlights that REACH has increased the time to market and that at least temporarily R&D personnel is allocated to regulatory work”. These findings were confirmed, it said, by its own study.

However, the European Environmental Bureau questioned the validity of the Commission’s study on the grounds that it was based only on a survey of chemical companies.”

Article by Geraint Roberts
VCI press release :

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Biocides Manual Of Decisions Becomes Obsolete

“Guidance provided through the biocidal products Directive’s (BPD) manual of decisions (MoD) is obsolete as of 1 October, the European Commission has announced.

Last month the competent authorities for biocides agreed that companies who assumed that their biocidal products are not within the scope of the biocidal products Regulation (BPR), due to guidance in the MoD, would be given extra time to support their relevant active substance/product-type combination under the review programme.

Companies have until 1 October 2016 to declare their interest in supporting the active substance/product-type combination relevant for their biocidal product.

They are allowed to do so if their product falls within the scope of the BPR, but this is not consistent with guidance given in the MoD.
The Commission has advised companies to check with their national helpdesk, or with the Echa helpdesk, whether this is the case.”

Commission notification :
Manual of decisions :

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Book-Why Does Asparagus Make Your Wee Smell ? And 57 other curious food and drink questions

« It’s now just one week until the CI book is released !

58 new graphics on the chemistry of food & drink, available to pre-order.
Why Does Asparagus Make Your Wee Smell?: And 57 other curious food and drink questions
by Andy Brunning (Author)


About the Author

Andy Brunning is a graduate chemist and a secondary school teacher with a true passion for making chemistry exciting and interesting. He created the hit Compound Interest blog, examining the chemical reactions we come across on a day-to-day basis. Andy lives in Bournemouth.

Book Description

Amazing graphics and explanations reveal the weird science behind our everyday food and drink.

Why does cooking bacon smell so good? Can cheese really give you bad dreams? Why do onions make you cry?
Find out the answers in this illustrated compendium of amazing and easy-to-understand chemistry. Featuring 58 different questions, you will discover all sorts of wonderful science that affects us on daily basis. Andy Brunning opens up the chemical world behind the sensations we experience through food and drink – popping candy, hangovers, spicy chillies and many more. Exploring the aromas, flavours and bodily reactions with beautiful infographics and explanations, Why Does Asparagus Make Your Wee Smell ? is guaranteed to satisfy curious minds. And did you know that nutmeg can make you hallucinate? Prepare to be astounded by chemical breakdown like never before.

Product details

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Orion (8 Oct. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1409156613
ISBN-13: 978-1409156611
Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm


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American EPA Issues Snurs For 30 Chemicals

“The US EPA has imposed significant new use rules on 30 chemicals, which were the subject of pre-manufacture notices.

Nine of them are subject to consent order under section 5(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

In case of substances under consent orders, the EPA determined that activities “associated with the substances may present unreasonable risk to human health or the environment.” The consent orders require protective measures to limit exposures, or otherwise mitigate the potential unreasonable risk.

The rules go into effect from 1 December 2015. They require persons who intend to manufacture, import or process any of the substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use to notify the agency at least 90 days before starting that activity.

“The required notification will provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs,” the agency says in a Federal Register notice.

The deadline for submitting written adverse or critical comments, or notice of intent to submit adverse or critical comments, on any of the Snurs is 2 November. If the EPA receives such comments before the deadline, it will withdraw the relevant Snur.”

Federal Register :

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This Week in Chemistry – Water on Mars, & Batteries from Mushrooms

« Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news.


This week features the news of flowing salty water on Mars, how nanoparticles could be used to make longer-lasting and more efficient sunscreens, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as well as further studies of interest not included in the graphic.

Note: links to studies behind a journal paywall are indicated with (£). Studies without this symbol are open access, and can be accessed and read for free.

Featured Stories

Evidence of flowing salty water on Mars: [Article] [Study]

Stronger and longer-lasting sunscreen using nanoparticles: [Article] [Study]

Creating batteries from portabella mushrooms: [Article] [Study]

Polymer additive reduces plane fuel fire risk: [Article] [Study (£)]

Mouse study could lead to male contraceptive: [Article] [Study (£)] »


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Strengthening Commitment to Safe Chemicals Management

ICCA-China_1000px_400pxAll Aboard- Chinese Chemical Industry Leaders Sign Onto Responsible Care Global Charter

“At the Fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4), the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) will publicly launch its updated and strengthenedResponsible Care Global Charter, which aims to unite global chemical companies under a unified system of performance management.

To date, 517 chemical industry leaders have pledged support for the Global Charter. The list of signees includes more than 85 percent of the world’s top 100 petrochemical and chemical manufacturers.

Also joining these companies in their commitment to continuous improvement are more than 400 small- and medium-sized companies that operate globally. In addition, thousands of other domestic companies participate actively in Responsible Care through national and regional trade associations.

CEOs from leading global chemical companies will convene this evening for The SAICM Journey to 2020 and Beyond, a high-level side event at ICCM4. The CEOs will highlight the significant growth in Responsible Care, both in its strengthened performance commitments, as well as its expansion to more than 60 nations around the globe.

Responsible Care is the global chemical industry’s unifying commitment to the safe management of chemicals throughout their life cycle. Through Responsible Care, companies around the world report their progress on a series of environmental, health and safety performance indicators and commit to continuous improvement and contributing to solving the world’s sustainability challenges.

“Managing our products safely all through their lifecycle is part of our license to operate as chemical companies. Responsible Care brings the chemical industry together in support of this common vision for sustainable chemicals management under the renewed Global Charter”, said Jean Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay and ICCA executive sponsor for the global Responsible Care initiative. “We are very proud to have built up this extensive network of companies practicing Responsible Care, but our steadfast goal remains – to reach 100 percent participation, so that our entire industry is united in this cause”.

Highlighting industry contributions to SAICM

The second part of the side event will feature leaders from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), chemical industry, and the NGO sector, who will discuss the collective progress toward meeting the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) 2020 goals and the chemical industry’s continuing contribution to these targets.

“Industry’s efforts to build capacity in nations without even basic chemical management practices are what we are most proud of and where we believe we have made and can continue to make the greatest progress under SAICM”, said ICCA President Mark Rohr, CEO of Celanese. “By prioritizing this work, we can support not only sound chemicals management, but also overall economic development and advances in public health”.

Since SAICM was established in 2006, through ICCA the chemical industry has:

• Expanded Responsible Care to over 60 countries and thousands of global chemical companies, including in Russia, the Arabian Gulf and China.

• Conducted 172 capacity building workshops around the world to enhance the ability of local industry to manage chemicals safely.

• Published more than 4,600 product safety summaries on the ICCA website to provide consumers with more information about chemicals.

• Developed a Regulatory Tool Box to highlight bet practices, particularly for developing nations.

• Partnered with UNEP from 2010 to 2014 to build capacity specifically in Africa to safely manage chemicals.

“Despite this progress, we know there is more work to do. That is why we support extending the SAICM multi-stakeholder approach beyond 2020 to drive further gains in sound chemicals management and sustainable development”, Rohr said.”


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