CJEU rules on SVHC ‘articles in articles’ case

Yesterday (10 September 2015) the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave it’s eagerly awaited final ruling on whether, in respect of Article 7 and 33 notification requirements,Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) were to be considered in light of the whole article or all component parts. The ruling, which goes against guidance issued by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is likely to have a massive impact on the chemicals supply chain. Under the requirement of the REACH … Continued

Phthalates added to RoHS restricted substances at EU level

EU Directive 2015/863 was confirmed by the UK government yesterday (16 July 2015) as coming into force in the UK on 22 July 2019. The Directive amends Annex II of the RoHS Directive (implemented in the UK as SI 2012 3032) meaning that from the effective date the following substance restrictions apply: no more than 0.1% bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DCEHP) allowed; no more than 0.1% butyl benzyl phthalate (BPP) allowed; no more than 0.1% dibutyl phthalate (DBP) allowed; no more than 0.1% … Continued

Two more substances added to SVHC Candidate list

In it’s latest round of updates, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has announced two more additions to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), bringing the total number of substances on the list to 163 . There is some concern about how easy it will now be to manage the Article 7 and 33 obligations relating to these substances as they are not ‘simple’ substances. The first substance (1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-10-alkyl esters; 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, mixed decyl and … Continued