Product Compliance & Automotive Regulatory

We identify and keep track of worldwide regulatory changes with the focus on areas such as:

product compliance, product safety, vehicle type approval and homologation, import restrictions, international trade law, radio certification, material compliance, chemistry, environmental regulations, electric vehicles, cybersecurity and autonomous driving.

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New EU draft Regulation regarding Microplastic published

This draft Regulation will introduce a new entry to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.

The European Commission has published a draft regulation to restrict placing microplastics and certain products containing microplastics, on the market. The restriction will be adopted under the REACH regulation, which sets the EU framework for chemicals.

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Delegated Regulation regarding chemical substances

Recently, proposals to introduce and update harmonized classifications and labels of certain substances have been submitted to the European Chemicals Agency

The European Chemicals Agency has been notified of suggestions to update, introduce and delete harmonized classifications and labels of certain substances in accordance with Article 37 of CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008.

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Extension of substances listed in the REACH Regulation

An update of the REACH Regulation was recently published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), by which 5 substances were added to the list

Annex XIV to the REACH Regulation lists substances that require authorization before they can be placed on the market. The total number of substances increases from 54 to 59. The list is regularly updated by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

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EU conducts public consultation on revision of REACH

On January 20, 2022 the EU launched a public consultation on the revision of the Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

The revision will aim to align the EU chemical rules with its ambition regarding the safe and sustainable use of chemicals. The goal is a high level of protection of health and the environment, while preserving the internal market. The planned REACH revision is one of the actions announced in the EUs Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, which is part of the European Green Deal.

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Four new substances added to the Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency added four hazardous chemicals to the the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHC)

The Candidate List of substances of very high concern now contains 223 entries for chemicals that can harm people or the environment. Companies are responsible for managing the chemicals safely and providing sufficient information to their customers and consumers.

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Four new substances to be included in the list of SVHC

The EU Commission has launched a new public consultation concerning four potential SVHC

Stakeholders can provide comments on these proposed SVHC until 18 October 2021.  A decision will be made as to whether the substances will be included to the ECHA Candidate List of SVHC after the consultation.

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Intention to restrict PFAS

Several countries notified their intention to submit a restriction proposal for Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Recently, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden announced their intention to submit next year their proposal to restrict the manufacture, placing on the market and use of PFAS in the EU.  It is a legal requirement for a Member State to notify ECHA of its intention to prepare a restriction dossier. The advance notice enables interested parties to plan and prepare for commenting later on.

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Amendments to the REACH regulation for chemicals

A draft Commission Regulation amending Annexes VI to X to the REACH regulation was published.

The Commission Regulation is supposed to amend Annexes VI to X to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

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Five new substances to be included in the list of SVHC

The EU Commission published a draft regulation to include five new substances in the list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)

The Draft Commission Regulation amends the Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) which contains a list of SVHC.

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REACH authorization for legacy spare parts

The EU Commission published an implementing regulation setting out rules for applications for authorisation for substances used in the production of legacy spare parts

Article 56(1) of the REACH Regulation (main EU regulation on chemicals) sets out an authorisation requirement for the placing on the market and the use of substances of very high concern (SVHC) listed in Annex XIV to that Regulation.  Now the European Commission has published the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/876 lays down new, simplified rules for an application for use of these substances in legacy spare parts.

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New Zealand adopts new labeling regulations

On April 30, 2021 new regulations on the labeling of hazardous substances took effect in New Zealand.

The regulations update requirements for product labeling, safety data sheets and packaging to comply with the 7th revised edition of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (GHS). The new system replaces the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) classification system from 2001.

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PFOA re-classified under California Proposition 65

OEHHA intends to classify perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) as carcinogen under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65).

While PFOA is currently listed under the Proposition 65 due to its developmental toxicity, the OEHHA plans to list it as carcinogen as well. PFOA was used in the manufacture of various consumer goods, for example as coating material in the clothing industry or for cookware but also in many other products. OEHHA is requesting comments as to whether PFOA meets the criteria set forth in the Proposition 65 regulations by May 3, 2021.

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New guidance for chemicals notification

Canada published a draft New Guidance Document for the notification and testing of new substances: chemicals and polymers

The new Guidance Document provides assistance for complying with regulatory requirements, including step-by-step instructions for the completion of a New Substances Notification (Chemicals and Polymers) under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

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New regulation for Consumer Chemical Products

South Korea published Designation of Consumer Chemical Products subject to Safety Confirmation, and Safety and Labeling Standards

The regulation contains a list of new product types and their uses which are subject to Safety Confirmation, and Safety and Labeling Standards.

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Industrial Chemicals Registering Law

A new REACH-like law on chemicals was published in Israel.

Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection published a law entitled Industrial Chemicals Registering Law, 5781-2020.  It establishes a mechanism for registering industrial chemicals, similarly to the European REACH regulation.

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