As with many countries, Korea is pursuing a chemicals management approach that ensures substances being placed on its market are assessed for risk potential based on its use patterns while placing the burden of safe use on chemical businesses.
EU Publishes Regulation Regarding REACH Joint Submission of Data and Data Sharing
On January 6, 2016, the European Union (EU) published its Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/9 regarding the joint submission of data and data sharing under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) in the Official Journal of the European Union. The European Commission (EC) Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (CARACAL) has been developing this Regulation to clarify further what is meant by determining data sharing in a “fair, transparent, and non-discrimina...
Trends and projections in the EU ETS in 2015
The European Union (EU) Emission Trading System (ETS) covers about 45% of the EU`s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GHG emissions from the installations included in the ETS decreased by 24% between 2005 and 2014. The emission level reached in 2014 was the lowest since 2005, when the system was launched. It was also lower than the 21% reduction target for the year 2020. Between 2013 and 2014, emissions of stationary installations decreased by 5%. This latest decrease resulted mainly from a reduction in...
Reach: Applying the New Article Interpretation
On September 10th, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) completely changed1 the longstanding interpretation of what constitutes an article under the European Union’s (EU) REACH Regulation2 . Doing so clarified a conflict with respect to the definition, while placing an unprecedented burden on producers of complex articles. Under the revised so-called “French Rule,” or the “once an article, always an article” definition, the entire supply chain must re-evaluate...
Questions and answers on the proposal to revise the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS)
1. Why has the Commission proposed today a revision of EU ETS? The European Commission has presented a legislative proposal to revise the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) in line with the 2030 climate and energy policy framework agreed by the EU leaders in October 2014. The proposal is an integral part of the work on achieving a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy – a top political priority of the Juncker Commission, launched in February 2015. This is the first step in delivering...
EU Plans to Restrict DecaBDE
One year after the last expansion of the list of Persistent Organic a first indication on a possible restriction of Bis(pentabromophenyl)ether (DecaBDE) under REACH Annex XVII or POPs Regulation (proposed by Norway in May 2013) was published on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website on August 1, 2013 (3).The group of polybrominated diphenylethers has a long history of restriction in the European Union including the POP (Regulation (EC) No. 850/2004 (4) and amendments), REACH Annex XVII (Regulation (EC) No...