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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 2019

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Chemical Hazards Communication Society, CHCS, October 2019 NewsletterOur October edition contains several important articles, as introduced below:

Annex II Amendment Regulation On The Requirements For Safety Data Sheets

A draft regulation updating Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH) on the requirements for safety data sheets (SDS) was submitted for consultation in Europe on 12 September. This article looks at the proposed changes. 

EU Commission To Update The REACH Annexes To Include Data Requirements For Endocrine Disruptors

The European Commission (Commission) is proposing to update the REACH Annexes to include data requirements on endocrine disruption, as part of the European Commission framework: ‘Towards a comprehensive European Union framework on endocrine disruptors’ (November 2018). The article examines the process of updating the Annexes.

A Consortium Of NGOs Submit Comments On Polymer Registration To CARACAL

A consortium of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have issued a joint statement on the REACH registration of polymers to CARACAL, the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP.  This article provides a background to polymers and reports on the contents of the NGOs statement.

REACH Evaluation Joint Action Plan

In September, the Commission published news that the REACH Committee have agreed a proposal to increase compliance checks on registration dossiers from the current target of 5% to 20%. The Commission intend to proceed with this objective by year end, following a scrutiny period of the European Parliament and the Council.

Special News Report: "Titanium Dioxide - Stakeholders Demand An Impact Assessment"

Towards the end of August, CHCS reported that the European Commission (COM) had ratified the draft 14th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation. The Commission concluded that the comments received from stakeholders did not justify amending the draft ATP on the classification of titanium dioxide (TiO2), as no new information of any significance had been presented to challenge the scientific Opinion of ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee (RAC).

However, the decision has triggered another coordinated and impressive effort by industry stakeholders to intervene in the decision-making process. A letter urging the COM to undertake an impact assessment “before deciding on the proposed classification of TiO2 to bring full clarity” was sent to the deputy Secretary-General mid-September. It was endorsed by almost 300 manufacturers and trade associations, adding their stamp to the petition, by inclusion of their company logos.

This Special Report provides an in-depth look at this issue.


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

ECHA publishes draft CoRAP for 2020-2022
ECHA has announced a draft plan incorporating 74 substances proposed for evaluation by Member States (MS) during 2020-2022, under the Community rolling action plan (CoRAP).  CHCS members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings  page. [Posted on 12 November 2019]

CHCS October 2019 Newsletter Now Published

Our October 2019 Newsletter is now available, which includes an in-depth, special report titled "Titanium Dioxide - Stakeholders Demand An Impact Assessment". See our CHCS Newsletters page for more details [Posted on 20 October 2019]

GHS Revision 8
Globally Harmonised System (GHS) Revision 8 has been published and is available online in both English and French. CHCS members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings  page. [Posted on 22 October 2019]

Model Regulations, 21st Revised Edition The United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Model Regulations, 21st Revised edition is now available in English and French. CHCS Members can read more on the page. CHCS News Briefings  [Posted on 21 October 2019]

IATA Publishes Significant Changes To The 61st Edition Of The Dangerous Goods Regulations  

CHCS Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.   [Posted on 20 October 2019]

CHCS & SCHC Sign New MoU
We are delighted to have signed a new MoU with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, outlining the relationship between both Societies and the benefits to members of both. For more information visit our SCHC web page [Posted on 18 October 2019]

CHCS AGM & Annual Lectures - Celebrating 25 Years of CHCS
We are delighted to publish our draft program for the event, including speakers and presentation titles. 

There is still plenty of time to register for the event, which takes place on 20 November at Hilton Hotel, NEC, Birmingham. Free of charge for CHCS members. 

To find out more, download the flier or reserve your place please visit the CHCS 25th AGM event page [Posted on 8 October 2019]

Draft amendment to REACH Annex II
A consultation has been opened on the draft amendment to Annex II of REACH. The draft has also been notified to the World Trade Organisation – G/TBT/N/EU/680.  

CHCS Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.  [Posted on 1 October 2019]

Webinar Series: "Introduction to Chemical Management in Latin America"
Our colleagues in the US-based Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC), have developed a series of webinars, each covering a different country. CHCS members can register at SCHC-member prices. For more details, see our SCHC web page.  
[Posted on 25 September 2019]

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
  • 30 September 2019
    Poison Centre First Deadline To Be Postponed

  • 23 September 2019
    Updated advice for UK-based companies intending to export chemicals listed in the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation to EU countries in the period immediately following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

  • 28 August 2019
    14th ATP To CLP: Outcomes For TiO2, Cobalt & DPTA

  • 22 July 2019
    Draft Amendment To "Poison Centre" Regulations

  • 22 July 2019
    Possible Annex VIII to CLP Extension?

  • 29 June 2019
    Workability Issues: Notification to Poison Centres

  • 24 June 2019
    Eurotunnel publishes 2019 guidance

  • 24 April 2019
    HSE Consultation on revision of Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for a range of carcinogens


  • 28 March 2019
    Poison Centre Guidance Document Published

  • 22 March 2019
    Poison Centre Guidance Document Published

  • 23 January 2019
    Links To Guidance & Legislation Recently Laid Before Parliament

  • 23 January 2019
    RPA Seeks Input From Companies In Chemicals Supply Chain To Assess Impacts Of Brexit

  • 11 January 2019
    Preparing For A Potential 'No-Deal' Brexit

    CHCS Members can read these News items, and older posts, on the CHCS News Briefings page.

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