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Current EU SDSs to be allowed until 2017

Post By: Jonathan Rickwood on Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Chemical Watch reports that in an attempt to head off highly anticipated confusion later this year, the EU REACH Committee has agreed that safety data sheets (SDSs) meeting current standards will be valid for two years, if they are given out before 1 June.

The move arose amid fears that the coming into force of two conflicting amendments to REACH Annex II on that date will cause problems. One was introduced through REACH, the other through the CLP...

South Korea's chemical evaluation committee holds first meeting

Chemical Watch reports that South Korea's Ministry of Environment (MoE) has announced that the 15-strong Chemical Substance Evaluation Committee (CSEC), set up under the Act for the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (K-REACH), has held its first meeting (CW 18 December 2014).

A key area of discussion was the draft list of 518 existing chemicals that companies will have to register by 30 June 2018. The final list is expected to be published in June this year. The committee also discussed draft safety labelling standards and the restriction of hazardous substances in products, which MoE says are a primary means of safe chemicals management.

Chaired by the deputy minister in charge of chemicals-related industries, the committee comprises members of both professional and private organisations, and relevant stakeholders. It aims to balance the views of industry and civil society. Its next meeting is scheduled for July.

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