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Quinoline, styrene and styrene oxide are chemical carcinogens

More than 40 experts and observers from more than 14 countries met at an IARC Working Group meeting in Lyon, France, during 20-27 March 2018, in order to evaluate the cancer evidence for quinoline, styrene and styrene oxide for the IARC Monograph No. 121. As always participation in an IARC WGs is hard, intense but…
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Three siloxanes to be restricted in Europe

On January 11, 2018, ECHA, as requested by the European Commission, included dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6) in a previous restriction intent of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) submitted on 13 April 2017. Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6) The scope of the restriction is that leave-on personal care products and other consumer/professional products (e.g. dry cleaning, waxes and…
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Nine new substances of very high concern proposed by ECHA

 Authorisation in REACH The first step of the authorisation procedure in the REACH chemicals regulation is the identification of substances of very high concern (SVHC) and their inclusion in the Candidate List. For identification of SVHC substances ECHA or member states are preparing Annex XV dossiers. SVHC substances are: Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or toxic to Reproduction (CMR),…
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Continued decline of semen quality in the Western World

In 1992 Carlsen and coworkers published a controversial meta study claiming, that there had been a decline in mean sperm count from 113 million per ml in 1940 to 66 million per ml in 1990 and in seminal volume from 3.40 ml to 2.75 ml (p = 0.027), indicating an even more pronounced decrease in…
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