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CHCS publishes Newsletters for its members. The Newsletters contain a variety of articles, often providing important insights into changes in regulation and legislation. Our Newsletters are available free-of-charge to CHCS members, who can access the full list of Newsletters by visiting: CHCS Newsletters. (Non-members can Join CHCS, then access the Newsletters). 

Latest CHCS Newsletter: October 2020

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Our October 2020 edition contains several important articles, as introduced below:

A Tribute To Richard Armstrong
A tribute to our friend and colleague who died earlier this year. 

Brexit (REACH) Update
The plans for an independent UK-REACH regulation and guidance to support industry is gaining momentum, as we move closer towards the end of the transition (negotiation) period.

17th ATP To CLP
Currently in draft form - comments deadline has now passed.

Sixth Forum REACH-EN-FORCE Project On Classification & Labelling Of Mixtures
Chemical mixtures inspected during the sixth Enforcement project included washing and cleaning products, paints and paint removers, adhesives and sealants, room fragrances, air fresheners and biocidal products.

EUCLEF Database, The European Union Chemicals Legislation Finder
The European Union Chemicals Legislation Finder (EUCLEF) database of chemicals is funded by COSME, the EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, and ‘hosted’ by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). COSME is managed by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) for the European Commission.

Polymer Registration
In October last year, CHCS alerted members to a new study examining REACH registration for polymers. The Study undertaken by Wood E & I GmbH (Wood) and Peter Fisk Associates (PFA) on behalf of the European Commission (COM) has now concluded in this phase.

Discounted Dangerous Goods Regulations
Our colleagues at Labeline continue to support CHCS members with discounted dangerous goods regulations.

CHCS 2020 AGM and Annual Lectures
Details of this year's event, to be run online on 24 & 25 November 2020. 

CHCS Training Courses & Workshops
There are still places available on some of our training courses and workshops being run in 2020. We’ve also started to release dates for 2021. This article lists all currently available courses. 

News From Our Partners
Both the British Association of Dangerous Goods Professionals (BADGP) and the US-based Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) currently have events that CHCS members can access. 


Want to find out more?

Want to suggest articles for future editions of the Newsletter? Please contact the CHCS Office (enquiries@chcs.org.uk). We look forward to hearing from you.


CHCS News

Second Amendment Of Annex VIII of CLP (Poison Centres) Is Published
The second amendment to Annex VIII to CLP, concerning poison centres was published in the Official Journal on 13 November 2020 and entered into force on 14 November 2020. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 23 November 2020]

SCHC: Benefits to CHCS members 
CHCS have a reciprocal agreement with the US-based Society for Chemical Hazard Communication. Members of both organisations can join certain events of the others.

SCHC have announced "Advanced Topics in EHS: Risk Management & Communication", 1 & 3 December 2020. Please see our SCHC web page for more information. [Posted on 20 November 2020]

New "Brexit" Web Pages 
As the end of the transition period is nearly upon us (31 December 2020), and we are starting to learn more about the changes to our own regulations and our future relationships with the EU, we are pleased to present you with several new web pages on specific Brexit-related topics. Please visit our website Brexit page. [Posted on 13 November 2020]

Poison Centre Portal Updated 
The poison centre portal has recently been updated to support amended Annex VIII solutions. In particular, derogations for fuels, construction products (standard formulas) and the cross-sector concept of interchangeable components. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 30 October 2020]

Member States Slowly Starting To Use The New Portal

There are now six Member States that are accepting Annex VIII notifications through the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) portal.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 24 August 2020]

Option To Anonymise The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI)
The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) generator has been updated to allow companies to chose not to use their company VAT number to create their UFIs.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 22 June 2020]

Endocrine Disruptors - 1st CHCS Video

We have produced our first video for members: "Endocrine Disruptors", which is available to members free-of-charge.

This introductory video explains the various components of the human endocrine system and how they interact, to help understand the mechanisms of endocrine disruptors on human systems.

The video is just over 10 minutes long.

To register for access to the video, please visit our video registration page: Endocrine Disruptors Video Registration.

[Posted on 1 July 2019]

News Briefings Summary
  • 26 May 2020
    New ECHA CLP Guidance Documents Published

  • 19 May 2020
    Draft Regulation Amending Article 25 Of CLP

  • 23 April 2020
    Draft Second Amendment to Annex VIII of CLP

  • 23 April 2020
    Reminder: 13th ATP to CLP applicable from 1st May 2020

  • 23 March 2020
    Multilateral Agreements For ADR & RID

  • 17 March 2020
    The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

  • 3 March 2020
    UK Chemical Industry: Regulatory Divergence

  • 2 March 2020
    Corrigendum To the 14th ATP Published

  • 10 February 2020
    Third Corrigendum To ADR 2019 Published

  • 13 January 2020
    Poison Centres - Annex VIII amendment published

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