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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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The EU regulation of PFOA published

In the News blog from December 15, 2016, it was discussed, that EU had decided to ban the production and use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) (EC 206-397-9; CAS 335-67-1) and related chemicals used in production of fluoropolymers, textiles, paper and fire-fighting foams, because of their unique properties, with high stability and extremely low surface tensions.…
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The Florence Statement on Triclosan and Triclocarban

At a side-event to the DIOXIN2016 conference in Florence, Italy, in August 2016, a draft "Statement on Triclosan and Triclocarban" was discussed, adopted and signed by more than 200 scientists and medical doctors who were concerned about the continued widespread use of the chlorinated antimicrobials triclosan and triclocarban used as antimicrobials, a class of chemicals present in…
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