December 9, 2009

EPA Announces Development of Voluntary Pilot Programs for Antimicrobial Pesticide Products

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) announced the development of two voluntary pilot programs for antimicrobial pesticide products.  Working collaboratively with the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC), OPP explored the different types of label statements and logos for antimicrobial pesticide product labels.  OPP developed the Factual Label Statement Pilot Program and the OPP-Design for the Environment (DfE) Logo Pilot...
December 8, 2009

EPA Announces Revised Risk Assessment Methods for Workers, Children of Workers in Agricultural Fields, and Pesticides with No Food Uses

Earlier today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of a policy paper entitled Revised Risk Assessment Methods for Workers, Children of Workers in Agricultural Fields, and Pesticides with No Food Uses, which describes how EPA plans to use revised methods in conducting risk assessments for pesticide uses and exposures not governed by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).  According to EPA, implementing this policy will increase...
December 7, 2009

ECHA Member State Committee Agrees on New SVHCs to Be Added to the Candidate List and First REACH Testing Decision

During the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Member State Committee’s December 2-4, 2009, meeting, the Committee unanimously agreed that 15 new substances of very high concern (SVHC) would be added to the Candidate List.  The Committee also unanimously agreed on a testing proposal from ECHA that was submitted under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.  More information on these actions is provided below. 15 SVHCs to Be Added to...
December 2, 2009

Senate Committee and Subcommittee Hold Oversight Hearing on TSCA

Today the full Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health held a joint hearing entitled “Oversight Hearing on the Federal Toxic Substances Control Act.”  During the hearing, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Chair of the Subcommittee, stated that he is preparing legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  In 2005 and 2008, Lautenberg introduced the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act, which...
November 30, 2009

EU Council Adopts Updated Cosmetics Regulation Requiring Labeling of Nanoscale Ingredients

On November 20, 2009, the European Union (EU) Council approved an updated cosmetics regulation that would require cosmetic products that contain nanoscale ingredients to be labeled as such.  The regulation would also require the manufacturers of new cosmetic products containing nanomaterials to notify the European Commission (EC) and provide certain information six months before the product is placed on the European market.  If the EC has concerns regarding the safety of the...
November 25, 2009

EPA Seeks Comment on a Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species in Climate Change

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released and requested comment on a draft document titled, “A Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species to Climate Change” (EPA/600/R-09/011).  74 Fed. Reg. 61671.  The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA’s Office of Research and Development.  The draft document describes an evaluative framework to categorize the relative...
November 18, 2009

First Appeal Filed with ECHA Board of Appeal Results in Rectification of ECHA Decision

On September 16, 2009, Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW), with and relying on the advice and assistance of The Acta Group EU, Ltd (Acta EU), an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., submitted the first appeal against a decision of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA or the Agency) with the ECHA Board of Appeal, on behalf of the registrant. On the basis of this submission, on October 14, 2009, the Executive Director of ECHA rectified the...
November 17, 2009

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Prioritizing Chemicals for Safety Determination

Today the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled “Prioritizing Chemicals for Safety Determination.”  The hearing was intended to examine the options for prioritizing chemicals for safety determinations in the event that Congress passes legislation amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and reflects Congress’s sustained interest in chemical management reform legislation. The hearing, which was...
November 13, 2009

ECHA Posts Webinar Online

Today the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the online availability of a webinar regarding preparing and submitting a registration dossier.  ECHA held the webinar on November 4, 2009, for lead registrants.  The objective of the webinar was to provide lead registrants with an understanding of the main technical concepts required to be able to prepare and submit a registration dossier.  ECHA covered the following topics:  exporting information as an IUCLID 5...
November 10, 2009

EC Adopts 2007-2009 Nanotechnology Implementation Report

On October 29, 2009, the European Commission (EC) adopted a Communication entitled Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An Action Plan for Europe 2005-2009. Second Implementation Report 2007-2009. The Communication outlines the key developments during 2007-2009 in each policy area of the Nanotechnology Action Plan 2005-2009, identifies current challenges, and draws conclusions relevant to the future European nanotechnology policy. According to the Communication, the EC has made significant...