« DUCC-A New Guidance To Assist Formulators To Communicate Safe Use Conditions Of Mixtures »

The Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination Group (DUCC) is a platform of European associations which represent “downstream” industries ranging from cosmetics and detergents to aerosols, paints, inks, adhesives, imaging and printing chemicals, construction chemicals, fragrances and chemical distribution.

The group’s main objective is to contribute, with a common voice, to the successful implementation of the requirements of the REACH and CLP Regulations.

Since its creation, in 2001, DUCC has been recognised by the EU authorities and other stakeholders as the common voice for many users of chemicals. DUCC has been and will continue to be actively involved in the legislative process, contributing constructively to the implementation of both the REACH Regulation, (EC) No 1907/2006, and the CLP Regulation, (EC) No 1272/2008, and ensuring that downstream users’ needs, rights, duties and specificities are taken into account.

DUCC and its member associations are involved in the development of industry practical guidance, in all REACH and CLP topics that are considered relevant for the smooth implementaton of these Regulations. In many cases such documents are the outcome of projects (industry projects or projects in the context of CSR/ES Roadmap) or internal discussions (sometimes involving other industry partners).



This explanatory document was developed by bDUCC member associations
representing companies that use chemicals to formulate mixtures as finished products for end users, including professional and industrial users.

This explanatory document is issued by the DUCC Mixtures Task Force (participant DUCC members: A.I.S.E., CEPE, EFCC, FEA, Fecc and FEICA),which developed a communication format in the context of the following two actions of the CSR/ES Roadmap.

With this, DUCC is providing its members and formulators in general an important tool (a concept and a template) for compliance with the REACH obligations in communicating safe use conditions of mixtures, as per article 31 (7) of REACH. »



« Croppal, A New Database Of Valuable Protein Information For Economically Important Crop Plants »

« CropPAL, a new database of valuable protein information for economically important crop plants – Bringing valuable data to light for global crop research

A new database of valuable protein information for economically important crop plants will be a significant resource for crop improvement and global food security.

CropPAL is a new catalogue of location information about barley, wheat, rice and maize proteins which has arisen out of global research.


Proteins represent the building blocks of all living cells. In order to improve crop plants to cope with rising temperatures, drought, flooding and salinity, protein function and location must be known.

A greater understanding of proteins in crop plants will enable more targeted breeding of crop species in the future.

As an open access research tool where protein location information is collated, cropPAL is a valuable asset to assist plant researchers, biotechnology companies and the crop breeding industry.

“A lot of research data is scattered, and remains under explored,” says Dr Cornelia Hooper, lead researcher on the project from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at the University of Western Australia.

“Pulling all this data together into a single database makes for a very powerful research tool.”

The resource will accelerate solutions that address challenges such as drought, salinity and nitrogen starvation in major global crops. (…)

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« IDEA 3rd Annual Review Workshop »- European Commission

Luxembourg, 16 December 2015

« L’ANIA Réaffirme L’Attention Permanente des IAA à Proposer des Produits Sûrs aux Consommateurs » – ANIA

« Suite à la conférence de presse tenue par l’association Foodwatch ce mardi 27 octobre 2015, l’ANIA tient à rappeler l’attention permanente des entreprises agroalimentaires à proposer aux consommateurs des produits sûrs et de qualité. L’ANIA s’interroge sur les stratégies de certains acteurs à surfer systématiquement sur les peurs alimentaires et les théories du soupçon.(…) »

Nos entreprises agroalimentaires sont particulièrement attentives à apporter aux consommateurs des produits sûrs. Avant de générer volontairement des peurs infondées visant à jeter le discrédit sur toute une profession, il est indispensable de faire appel aux agences de sécurité en charge d’évaluer les risques liés à la sécurité des aliments dont c’est la mission et l’expertise. Il est nécessaire d’agir avec responsabilité et discernement.

Jean-Philippe GIRARD, Président de l’ANIA

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Article de Muriel Slawyk du 27 Octobre 2015, site ANIA

« Elsevier Announces the Launch of NanoImpact, a New Multidisciplinary Journal Publishing Research »- AlphaGalileo

« Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announces the launch of NanoImpact, a new multidisciplinary journal that is devoted to publishing cutting edge research addressing the behavior and impact of nanomaterials on human health and environmental systems.

NanoImpact welcomes article submissions in the following 4 main areas of research : human nanotoxicology, econanotoxicology, exposure, and risk- and lifecycle assessment.

Other topics of research such as the development of methodological and modelling approaches and the development of materials and methods to enhance nanosafety, will also be considered if there is a clear link to four main areas. (…) »

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Actualités Elsevier du 27 Octobre 2015 , site AlphaGalileo
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=157750&CultureCode=en http://www.journals.elsevier.com/nanoimpact

 » Exposure to Carcinogens and Work- Related Cancer: Review of Assessment Methods « – OSHA

« Estimates of the recent and future burden of occupational diseases indicate that occupational cancer is still a major problem and will remain so in the future as a result of exposure of workers to carcinogens.
That’s why occupational cancer is a problem that needs to be tackled across the European Union.
This summary provides a short overview of assessment tools for the exposure to cancer risk factors and looks into relevant occupational factors: chemical, physical and biological exposures, as well as other possibly carcinogenic working environment conditions (such as shift and night work).
It examines opportunities to identify new causes or promoters of cancer, and evaluates existing sources of information. It also describes occupational cancer prevention measures at European, national and workplace levels and makes recommendations for filling in gaps in relevant knowledge needed to prevent effectively future risks of occupational cancer. (…) »

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Nouvelle du SST du 26/10/2015: https://osha.europa.eu/fr/node/9453
Résumé du rapport : https://osha.europa.eu/en/file/72479/

Campaign For Safe Cosmetics Links Anti-Aging Items To Toxic Contaminants

ong« In a new report, « Anti-Aging Secrets Exposed, » the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics says laboratory analysis of cosmetic products detecting trace levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is evidence that « no one is minding the store » when it comes to the safety of personal-care products.

The NGO urges consumers to press Congress to enact legislation that would provide FDA with added regulatory authority over cosmetics. »


Article by Lauren Nardella

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