3E EH&S Expressions Blog

3E EH&S Expressions is our forum for sharing our latest musings and observations on the ever-evolving EH&S regulatory compliance landscape. Here we will be introducing you to some of 3E’s most prolific and valued subject matter specialists weighing in on some of the more complex and time-consuming issues affecting our industry today, including TSCA Reform, REACH, GHS, Conflict Minerals and more.

March 5, 2014Kirsten Wallerstedt

On March 5 the European Union announced its proposal for responsible sourcing for minerals from conflict zones. The Regulation would require importers who “opt-in” to the self-certification scheme to exercise due diligence in line with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.

February 3, 2014Kirsten Wallerstedt

If your company has been relying on the “Undeterminable” designation to get you through the first two reporting periods – heads up. Your transition period may already be over, and you didn’t even realize it.

January 24, 2014Kirsten Wallerstedt

Early last week, the California Safe Cosmetics Program (CSCP) publicly launched its new searchable cosmetic product database. Under the California Safe Cosmetics Act, cosmetic companies are required to provide data on products that contain a chemical ingredient known to cause cancer or reproductive harm.

December 12, 2013James Lee

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on 26 November 2013 published the 2014 regulatory agenda of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which lists EPA’s rulemaking priorities for the upcoming months.

December 5, 2013Mujadala Abdul-Majid

The Environmental Protection Agency proposes the first “reduction” in the ethanol standard since the introduction of the Renewable Fuels Standard program.

November 11, 2013Sookie Hong

The Regulation Concerning Hygiene Supervision over Cosmetics has significant impact on the cosmetics industry in China and has provided the foundation for regulating both cosmetics manufacturing in China and cosmetics importing into China.

September 11, 2013Kirsten Wallerstedt

Last week, the European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, gave a speech to the Federation of German Industries (BDI) in Brussels, entitled “Conflict Minerals: The Need to Act.” The BDI event was titled “Responsible Sourcing of Minerals from Conflict-Affected Regions.”

August 22, 2013Kirsten Wallerstedt

Come 1 September, the new Biocidal Products Regulation will become applicable for companies, and all active substances on their own or in biocidal products must be associated with a dossier or a letter of access submitted to the European Chemicals Agency, with certain exceptions.

August 19, 2013Emilia Vassileva and Kirsten Wallerstedt

On its meeting on August 20, 2013, the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission plans to adopt a draft decision on the Technical Regulation of the Customs Union, “On the Safety of Chemical Products.” According to the draft decision, the Technical Regulation will be enforced on February 15, 2015.

August 6, 2013Mujadala Abdul-Majid

On 26 July 2013, the FDA published two proposed rules for purposes of implementing Sections 301 and 307 of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The proposed rules are intended to strengthen global food safety.