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Tin to be impacted by EU lead restrictions?

Post By: Jonathan Rickwood on Friday, 21 July 2017

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has been asked to submit a report on the restriction of lead in hunting shot due to ongoing concerns about toxicity and its impact on wildlife, which could boost the use of tin in alloys as an alternative.

The hunting shot market in the EU is fragmented between lead, steel, tungsten and bismuth shot although there is no data detailing the breakdown of each type in the EU. Tin is not used in isolation...

US House proposes Dodd-Frank conflict minerals repeal

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

After a series of recent court rulings and consultations, the US House of Representatives have passed a financial regulatory bill that would overhaul many of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, including a full repeal of its conflict minerals clause.

Clause 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act was a major stimulus to responsible minerals programmes and development of due diligence schemes in Central Africa, including the iTSCi project, when it was passed in 2010. US corporates registered with the...

EU publishes Due Diligence Regulation

Post By: Tom Mulqueen on Friday, 16 June 2017

EU ParliamentThe final text of the European Union's Conflict Minerals Regulation 2017 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, available here. This outlines supply chain due diligence obligations for EU importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

The Regulation will be phased in, with parts effective from July 9th, and full compliance with all provisions a requirement from 1st January 2021. This aims to give companies sufficient time for implementation, which...

EU countries postpone classification of Pb-containing mixtures

A committee of EU member state representatives on REACH has agreed to postpone the adoption of a harmonised classification for lead-containing mixtures. The classification was included in the proposed EU Regulation, known as the seventh adaptation to technical progress (7ATP) of the EU CLP Regulation.

The proposed classification says lead-containing mixtures or materials should be classified as a category 1A reprotoxicant at a specific concentration limit (SCL) of 0.03%. Meeting last week, the representatives agreed to withdraw it, so that the proposed Regulation, implementing the 7ATP, could be voted through. 

The vote on the 7ATP had been postponed at the committee’s last meeting, because some countries want a higher concentration limit that will help the recycling of lead-containing materials.

Further work on the testing methods for calculating lead concentration in alloys still needs to be done, before coming to a solution, Chemical Watch understands. Echa is expected to be tasked with the work.

The classification will now be added to the proposal for the ninth ATP. It is not yet clear when these discussions will start. Metals industry representatives welcomed the postponement. “In the next months, we look forward to supporting the EU’s work to evaluate how bioelution tests can be used for classification of inorganic substances and address the lead-specific concentration limit issue, including its potential impact on downstream applications and metals recycling,” says Guy Thiran, Eurometaux director general.

China adopts 4th revised edition of GHS

Post By: Jonathan Rickwood on Tuesday, 22 October 2013


Chemical Watch reports that China has announced a raft of new and revised standards that align its classification and labelling requirements with the fourth revised edition of the UN Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of chemicals classification and labelling.

Two new and 26 revised mandatory national standards on classification and labelling were approved, according to two notices issued by the Standardisation Administration of China (SAC) on 10 October. The standards will come into force on 1 November 2014.    

The two new standards...

Public consultaion on lead in consumer articles opened

Chemical Watch reports that ECHA has opened a public consultation on a proposal submitted by Sweden to restrict lead and its compounds in consumer articles. The restriction is proposed for articles that can be easily accessed by, and placed in the mouths of, small children, such as clothes, interior decorations and leisure articles.

The consultation will run until 1 June 2013, and any comments received will then be discussed by the Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC). Interested parties can submit comments via a web form on the ECHA website. Both committees have previously recommended restricting the use of lead in jewellery.

RAC is expected to deliver an opinion in December 2013, with SEAC following in March 2014. A final decision will then be made by the European Commission.

Brazilian researchers publish review of organotins


Chemical watch reports that Brazilian scientists have conducted a wide-ranging review of the reproductive toxicity, biochemistry and environmental fate of organotins, such as those used as biocides in anti-fouling paint. “It is important to improve our knowledge of organotins’ effects on environmental health,” they conclude.

The review will be published in Reproductive Toxicology.

Brussels seeks further advice on dental amalgam

Post By: Jonathan Rickwood on Wednesday, 01 August 2012

ENDS Reports, The European Commission is taking more time to consider what action to take on mercury in dental amalgam, following a recommendation to ban it on environmental grounds. It has asked experts for advice on health impacts.

The EU's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) will update its position by February next year. In an opinion issued in 2008, the committee concluded that mercury-based dental fillings were safe.

The potential health risk of amalgam...

Too much lead found in Danish fishing tackle

Post By: Jonathan Rickwood on Tuesday, 17 July 2012

ENDs Reports: Denmark's ban on the import and sale of fishing tackle containing lead is being widely flouted, according to a survey published by its environment agency on Monday.

Over two thirds of 266 products tested by the agency were illegal and only one of the twenty shops visited complied in full.

The Danish ban has been in place since 2002 and is the EU's only general ban on lead in fishing equipment. The European Commission ruled out...

US industry group highlights concerns with EPA’s 'orphan' HPV proposal

Post By: Katie Hill on Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Chemical Watch reports the US Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (Socma) has highlighted two major concerns with proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for addressing 45 'orphan' chemicals from the High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge Program, and the new approach to issuing significant new use rules (SNURs). Further information can be found here.


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