February 2017

February 27, 2017Kirsten Wallerstedt

ECHA is currently consulting on four applications for authorization, two testing proposals, and has two open calls for comments and evidence. The substances at issue are: sodium dichromate, chromium trioxide, nickel and its compounds, polycyclic organic hydrocarbons, and the substance with EC Number 941-357-0. The deadlines for comments range from 27 March 2017 to 19 April 2017.

February 17, 2017Kirsten Wallerstedt

On 24 January 2017, the European’s Parliamentary International Trade Committee (INTA) voted overwhelmingly to support the EU’s conflict minerals proposal, with a vote of 39 in support, none opposed, and two abstentions. The Regulation sets up a Union system for supply chain due diligence for importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. The Regulation, if finalized, is expected to become enforceable on 1 January 2021.