News of the month

Every month, we bring together some of our top news stories from the last four weeks to highlight the biggest developments affecting product safety professionals. Take a look at this month’s top stories below.

In April we reported developments on the PFAS group of chemicals, Nike’s commitment to using ‘cleaner’ alternatives for ten priority chemistries, and Oregon’s advancement of a bill to address classes of chemicals in children’s products. Elsewhere, the European Commission selected members from five trade bodies for its widely anticipated high-level roundtable that will support actions under its new chemicals strategy. In Asia, cosmetics companies selling into China are shifting production to retain market access.

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Report: agency did not conduct 16 planned actions during 2020 amid ongoing resource constraints

29 April 2021

North America

Petition – filed the same day – asks agency to take broader action on new chemicals programme exemptions

27 April 2021

No ‘economically viable’ alternatives to use as catalyst in production of important commodity chemical

29 April 2021


Asia Pacific

Some manufacturers relocating production ahead of 1 May waiver start date

15 April 2021


Members to discuss transition to safe and sustainable substances

22 April 2021

Harmonised classification bottleneck risks delay on future regulatory measures

21 April 2021

Echa head suggests solutions to alternatives assessment problems

15 April 2021

Measure heads to state Senate after clearing House with bipartisan support

21 April 2021

14 April 2021

Overhaul calls for prohibitions on high-risk chemicals, recognition of right to healthy environment

08 April 2021

Mandatory testing on horizon for substances undergoing risk evaluation

08 April 2021

PFASs, bisphenols, VOCs among substance groups retail giant reveals to Chemical Watch

Experts raise concerns over strict certification requirements

11 March 2021

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