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In February, the European Commission proposed new restrictions on BPA and other bisphenols in food contact materials;, and ECHA aims to add five SVHCs to the REACH authorisation list.  

In the US, analysis of forecasted legislation highlights intensifying state actions to restrict the use of PFAS; and the EPA is to double the costs or bringing substances to market under TSCA.  

Meanwhile, in Asia-Pacific, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment’s Solid Waste and Chemicals Management Centre sets the deadline for new chemical registrants to submit annual reports; and New Zealand bans PFAS in cosmetics from the end of 2026. 

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Europe

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Commission may water down EU essential use text to appease industry – sources

22 February 2024 | Talks between directorates for compromise delaying publication

Regulatory content and sustainability intelligence

European Commission proposes restriction on BPA, other bisphenols in FCMs

13 February 2024 | Draft regulation includes three-year transition for use in certain articles

Regulatory content and sustainability intelligence

ECHA proposes five SVHCs for REACH authorisation list

7 February 2024 | TBPH included despite pending flame retardant restriction

North America

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Concerns grow over TSCA ‘letter’ peer review process

21 February 2024 | Scientists, NGOs and industry united in opposing approach for TCEP review

Regulatory content and sustainability intelligence

US EPA adopts rule to dramatically increase TSCA fees

8 February 2024 | Cost for filing PMN, SNUN to nearly double to $37k

Regulatory content and sustainability intelligence

US state legislation could target PFAS ‘in more uses than ever’ this year, NGO says

8 February 2024 | Focus will continue on personal care items, packaging

Asia-Pacific

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Japan tightens workplace environment standards

20 February 2024 | New report sets values and measurement methods for 119 substances

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China’s MEE-SCC notifies new chemical registrants to submit annual reports

9 February 2024 | Submissions are due before 30 April

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New Zealand bans PFAS in cosmetics from end of 2026

1 February 2024 | Ingredients lists, nanomaterial recordkeeping and scope also updated

Global

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Draft UN plastics treaty floats ban on chemicals and polymers of concern

7 September 2023 | Three options in text for limiting hazardous substances in plastic production

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World Bank: cadmium exposure cost society globally up to $5tn in 2019

13 September 2023 | Research estimates three million possible deaths from cardiovascular disease