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Lords criticise post-Brexit regulation plans

Chemistry World | 7 November

A House of Lords report has urged the UK government to clarify how it will handle chemical registrations after Brexit or risk a ‘trading hiatus’ and loss of access to 16,000 substances.

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Small biocides companies face uncertain fate

Chemistry World | 24

Biocides are among the most tightly regulated groups of chemicals in Europe. After all, anything designed to kill or deter microorganisms could pose a danger to the environment or human health. But companies are warning that strict EU law, aimed at ensuring the disinfectants, preservatives and pest control chemicals we use are safe, has an unwanted side-effect. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) cannot cope and are leaving the market, with potentially drastic consequences for the sector.

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Consumer health NGO raises concerns over recycled plastic FCMs

Chemical Watch | 20

The consumer rights NGO Safe Food Advocacy Europe (SAFE) claims several plastic recycling processes due to be approved for the manufacture of food contact materials (FCMs) have not been properly assessed for chemical migration. Industry and other activists disagree, however.

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Water World

Chemistry & Industry | 

A shrinking supply of freshwater is encouraging chemical engineers to look for creative ways to make desalination sustainable and cheap.

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Critics pan EPA plan for evaluating studies of toxic chemicals

Science | 

Academic scientists and advocacy groups are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw and rewrite proposed guidelines for determining which scientific findings to use when evaluating the safety of toxic chemicals. Critics say that if adopted, the guidance will allow regulators to exclude high-quality health and risk studies for “ridiculous” reasons, favor industry-backed research, and prevent EPA from considering academic studies that rest on innovative methods.

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New digital chemical screening tool could help eliminate animal testing

Science | 

Toxicologists today unveiled a digital chemical safety screening tool that could greatly reduce the need for six common animal tests. Those tests account for nearly 60% of the estimated 3 million to 4 million animals used annually in risk testing worldwide.

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Brexit dossier rejig could cause companies extra costs

Chemical Watch | 

The reallocation of biocides dossiers away from Britain to other member states, could result in additional fees for companies, a Commission draft delegated Regulation has outlined.

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Future- proofing preservation

Chemistry & Industry | 13 June

Chemical preservatives do a great job of extending the shelf lives of cosmetics and household products. However, our over-reliance on a small number of preservatives has begun to trigger health concerns, reports Vanessa Zainzinger.​

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Disinfectants essential for infection control, US study says

Chemical Watch | 22 May

Researchers have urged hospitals to use US EPA-registered disinfectants on equipment and surfaces to prevent the spread of healthcare-acquired infections.

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Animal tests surge under new U.S. chemical safety law

Science | 8 May

Two years ago, when the U.S. Congress approved a major rewrite of the nation’s chemical safety law, lawmakers ordered federal regulators to take steps to reduce the number of animals that companies use to test compounds for safety. But a recent analysis by two animal welfare groupsfound that the number of animal tests requested or required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jumped dramatically last year, from just a few dozen tests involving fewer than 7000 animals in 2016, to more than 300 tests involving some 75,000 rats, rabbits, and other vertebrates.

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Mosquito spit can bust blood clots in mice

Science | 10 April

Does your blood run thick? A bit of mosquito saliva might one day be just what the doctor ordered. That’s because scientists have found a new way to reinvigorate anticlotting factors in mosquito spit in the lab. The modified blood thinner has so far only been tested in mice; if it ever works in humans, it could help prevent—and even treat—the blood clots that can lead to hemorrhaging or thrombosis.

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EU authorities agree how EDC criteria will work in practice

Chemical Watch | 27 March

EU authorities have decided how the criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals will be realised in the approval processes for biocidal substances and products. This month’s meeting of the biocides competent authorities (CAs) adopted two papers after months of discussion.

And it was about time, an EU official told CW+BiocidesHub: the endocrine disrupting criteria for biocides will begin to take effect in less than three months, on 7 June.

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A tiny sensor on your tooth could help keep you healthy

Science | 22 March

Wireless sensors are ubiquitous, providing a steady stream of information on anything from our physical activity to changes occurring in the world’s oceans. Now, scientists have developed a tiny form of the data-gathering tool, designed for an area that has so far escaped its reach: our teeth.

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