European Commission (EC)

On May 18, 2022, the High Level Roundtable on the Implementation of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) held its third meeting. During the meeting, the European Commission (EC) provided an update on the state of implementation of the CSS. According to the written report, main achievements since the last meeting of the

On April 25, 2022, the European Commission (EC) published a Restrictions Roadmap under the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (Restrictions Roadmap) that provides detailed information on all ongoing work on future restrictions under the European Union (EU) chemical legislation. The Restrictions Roadmap prioritizes group restrictions for the most harmful substances to human health and the environment,

By Lynn L. Bergeson

The EC updated the European Union (EU) Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation on March 25, 2022, to clarify the information required by registrants of substances. Major changes include:

  • Requirements and specific rules for adaptation of:
    • In vitro and in vivo mutagenicity studies, specifying when further studies are

By Lynn L. Bergeson

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on April 6, 2022, that together with European Union (EU) member states, it has assessed a group of 148 bisphenols for risks to human health and the environment. Of these, more than 30 have been identified to have the potential for hormonal or reprotoxic effects.

The European Parliament (EP) Legal Affairs Committee announced on March 15, 2022, that it voted 22-1 in favor of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. According to the Committee, if agreed with European Union (EU) governments, the bill would “make businesses more accountable for their impact on people and the planet, while giving investors and the

The EC announced on February 23, 2022, that it adopted a proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence. According to the EC, the proposal is intended to foster sustainable and responsible corporate behavior throughout global value chains. Companies would be required to identify and, where necessary, prevent, end, or mitigate adverse impacts of

The EC announced on February 22, 2022, the launch of a public consultation on how best to reduce the amount of unintentionally released microplastics into the environment. According to the EC, the public consultation will support its initiative on Microplastics pollution – measures to reduce impacts on the environment, “a key deliverable of the

On January 20, 2022, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation seeking comment on a proposed revision of the REACH regulation (No. 1907/2006). The consultation is the most extensive to date; it covers many elements of the legislation and, once changes are implemented, will have a significant impact on industry for the future. The