Speeding hand disinfectant products into the EU market in response to COVID-19

An unprecedented challenge The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for hand disinfectants, driven by recommendations from bodies such as the WHO. Handwashing is a vital measure for reducing the risk of contracting the virus. The WHO specifically recommends that all individuals “regularly and thoroughly clean (their) hands with an …

New REACH nanomaterial requirements: what you need to do

The new EU nanotechnology regulation On December 3, 2018, the European Commission (EC) adopted Regulation 2018/1881, amending the existing , amending the existing Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, to directly address nanoparticles. The nanotechnology regulation applies to any substance that might be, or might contain, a …

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What you need to know about neonicotinoids and the EU

Introduction Neonicotinoids were developed to find safer, more effective alternatives to chlorinated hydrocarbons, organophosphates, carbamates, and pyrethroids, so, ironically, some neonicotinoids are now banned in the EU because of their toxicity to bees and other pollinators, as well as to a wider group of species. The agricultural and environmental consequences …

Understanding Annexes VII-X

Avoiding obstacles with REACH Annexes VII-X Posted by Dr. David Howes, Expert Consultant in Chemical Legislation and Chemistry, Covance In the EU, the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations address the manufacturing and import of chemicals to ensure they are safe for human health and the environment. …

Preserving lifecycles: renewing established pesticides

The regulation that governs the marketing, sale, and use of pesticides is just a fact of life, but the standards imposed are constantly evolving as our scientific insight and knowledge increases. This series of informational blogs is designed to examine how existing active substances (ASs) are managed through the current …