June 2016

June 29, 20163E Global Research Team

The historic referendum vote on 23 June 2016 by the public in the United Kingdom (UK) (which includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Gibraltar) on whether the UK should remain in the European Union (EU), otherwise known as “Brexit,” has sparked many concerns in businesses operating in Europe and the UK. The future of many political, trade and commerce issues between the UK and the EU will remain unsettled until the former’s formal initiation of Article 50 procedures under the Treaty on European Union (“Withdrawal of a Member State from the EU”) and the related negotiations. However, it is clear now that if Brexit does occur – and the UK does leave the EU – companies, especially importers of chemicals and chemical products, must have a proactive strategy to handle the commerce and regulatory impacts of the UK's departure from the EU.

June 29, 2016Bernie Henn

On June 20, 2016, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added one new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the REACH Candidate List for Authorization. The new substance added is called: Benzo[def]chrysene also called benzo[a]pyrene also called (carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic for reproduction, PBT, and vPvB) and is a polycyclic aromatic...

June 17, 2016Kirsten Wallerstedt

On 16 June 2016, the European Union (EU) Commission, the Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on conflict minerals. EU firms importing tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold and their ores (3TG), including processed metals, will be required to do due diligence checks on their suppliers. The aim is to stop trade in 3TG which funds conflicts and human rights abuses around the world. The Commission will also develop incentives and voluntary supply chain due diligence reporting tools for downstream EU companies that use these metals and minerals as components in their products.

June 9, 2016

Editor's Note: The original artcle has been updated since June 9, 2016. On 22 June 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2576) which modernizes the 40- year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).