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.

July 25, 2013Kirsten Wallerstedt

The D.C. District Court on 23 July 2013 denied the plaintiff’s challenges to the Conflict Minerals Rule. Therefore, the Rule as promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will remain in force.

July 15, 2013Kirsten Wallerstedt

Beginning 11 July 2013, the new European Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products will be in effect, replacing the existing Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC), which was first enacted in 1976.

July 10, 2013Mujadala Abdul-Majid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 25 June 2013 published revisions to a draft guidance on good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for cosmetic products. The guidance is to share the FDA’s current thinking concerning what constitutes GMPs for cosmetics.

July 8, 2013Mujadala Abdul-Majid

The Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act (FDASIA) introduces for the first time a legal requirement for manufacturers to be accountable for their suppliers as a part of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP).

July 2, 2013Kirsten Wallerstedt

The ENERGY STAR product labeling program, which began in 1992, helps U.S. consumers, businesses, utilities, and government agencies to identify more efficient products that lower their energy costs. It is jointly administered by EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE), with EPA as the lead agency.

June 11, 2013Kirsten Wallerstedt

Members of the European Parliament (EP) Committee on the Internal Market announced that they struck a deal to update eight product safety directives, including on electrical equipment, phones, and irons, as well as professional products including explosives.

June 6, 2013Sookie Hong and Kirsten Wallerstedt

K-REACH, which becomes effective 1 January 2015, introduces significant changes to South Korea’s chemicals management framework, including an annual reporting requirement on quantities and uses of all manufactured and imported chemicals.

May 31, 2013Kirsten Wallerstedt

California’s Safer Consumer Products (SCP) regulations recently underwent the required economic impact analysis in order to complete the Economic and Fiscal Impact Statement (Notice File Number Z 2012-0717-04).

May 16, 2013Mujadala Abdul-Majid

While the Security Exchange Commission and international regulatory bodies, such as the Organization for Economic Cooperative Development (OECD), have been uncharacteristic drivers of upstream supply chain compliance issues affecting the sourcing of medical device materials, public health regulatory agencies are deliberating over downstream concerns of “critical” medical device product shortages.

April 4, 2013Kirsten Wallerstedt

The European Union and Canada may soon join the United States in requiring certain companies to perform due diligence to investigate whether minerals that are used in their products originated in conflict-affected or high-risk areas.