The past few months have been dominated by the COVID-19 crisis, and while most of us continue to work from home, chemicals regulation and legislation in the EU remains.
From REACH to biocides and Brexit to COVID-19, Steptoe's EU Chemicals team is still committed to providing their weekly discussion of recent developments in EU chemicals regulation and legislation to ensure you stay up to date.
On October 14, the European Union has outlined its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS), which aims to address the assessment of the risk posed by hazardous chemicals. The CSS marks the first rethink of EU chemicals policy in 20 years.
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David O'Sullivan, Ruxandra Cana, and Algirdas Semeta discussed the judgment of the German Constitutional Court on the European Central Bank Public Sector Purchase Programme and the ECHA Safer Chemicals Conference 2020.
Ruxandra Cana, Deborah Attwood, and Eléonore Mullier covered the Commission's note on the definition of intermediates and the US FDA's and TTB's regulation of hand sanitizers, including their policies applicable to alcohol-based hand sanitizers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Darren Abrahams, Ruxandra Cana, Eléonore Mullier, and Erik Janus discussed ECHA extensions of deadlines for industry, the US EPA's existing regulation of disinfectants and their response to COVID-19, and the renewal of Biocidal Active Substances including draft guidance on data & Art. 95.
David O' Sullivan, Ruxandra Cana, and Eléonore Mullier provided an update on Brexit, and discussed COVID-19 measures for personal protective equipment (PPE) and REACH Committee upcoming meetings and discussions.
Darren Abrahams, Ruxandra Cana, and Eléonore Mullier covered COVID-19 measures for medicinal products, COVID-19 developments in Member States, and the do's and don'ts in submitting comments under REACH and CLP procedures.
Ruxandra Cana and Eléonore Mullier provided an update on REACH completeness check procedure, the impact of COVID-19: on the extension of deadlines and the availability of authorities, and strategy on sustainable chemicals.