8 March 2019

Court of Justice: stop selling dangerous paint immediately

8 March 2019, Brussels – Lifting EU bans on dangerous chemicals is illegal when safer alternatives exist, the European Court of Justice ruled yesterday. The judgement […]
1 March 2019

Major safety gaps for most chemical files – official

Unsafe and uncontrolled chemical use in 71% of substances   Chemical companies failed to provide important safety information in nearly three quarters (74% or 211 of 286) […]
13 February 2019

Biggest ever EU application to use banned chemical that kills hundreds

Thousands of firms want EU permission to use the banned cancer-causing chemical that made Erin Brockovich famous. A consortium of companies has submitted the biggest ever […]
12 February 2019

Cancer warning to be traded away on sunscreens and cosmetics

Scientific advice rejected to dodge cancer warning after “unprecedented” lobbying This story also appeared in the Daily Mail 12 February 2019, Brussels – Cancer warnings will likely […]
8 February 2019

Chemical Evaluation report: Achievements, challenges and recommendations after a decade of REACH

The REACH Registration process generated knowledge for nearly 22,000 substances in over 90,000 registration dossiers by the third registration deadline on 31 May 2018. With this […]
30 January 2019

EU moves to ban microplastics in most products

The EU will use its powerful chemical laws to stop most microplastics and microbeads being added to cosmetics, paints, detergents, some farm, medical and other products, […]
18 December 2018

More banned chemicals in toys than any other product type

– Toys the worst product for banned chemicals – official figures – Officials destroy 30,000 mainly Chinese dolls of “serious risk” to children – NGOs criticise […]
22 October 2018

‘Erin Brockovich chemical’ set for revival in Europe, despite ban

‘Erin Brockovich chemical’ set for revival in Europe, despite ban   Not a single ‘banned’ chemical blocked from reuse in Europe   Progressive companies warn of […]
12 October 2018

A third of chemicals break EU safety laws

Widespread use of potentially dangerous chemicals in consumer goods – 3 year official study Authorities pledge to continue weak enforcement   Read this story in Sueddeutsche […]
12 September 2018

Get banned chemicals out of consumer products, Europe demands

Chemicals long-banned by the EU are still being blended into consumer products by recyclers. The problem must end, the European Parliament is expected to signal this week. […]
12 June 2018

Industry spending millions to avoid warning labels for cancer-linked chemical

The chemical industry is spending millions to stop people finding out about the potential carcinogenic properties of titanium dioxide, a whitening chemical used in a wide […]
5 June 2018

European Chemicals Agency favouring microplastics industry opinion over scientific evidence of environmental damage

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has been favouring industry during its initial gathering of evidence on microplastics, prompting environmental organisations to remind ECHA not to overlook […]