New UK Packaging Regulations. How will it affect my company?

Extended Producer Responsibility (ERP) is a principle that establishes that producers are responsible for the treatment of their products at the end of their useful life and for the waste they generate. In other words, producers must take the necessary measures to guarantee that their products are properly and responsibly recycled and/or disposed.

This principle, which has been adopted by many countries and has become a key element of waste management policies around the world, has led to a new waste management regulatory framework in the UK, which articulated a new ERP that entered into force on January 1, 2023.

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Entry 74: Diisocyanates restricted under REACH

The European Union (EU) has recently introduced a new restriction under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation for diisocyanates, which will come into effect on 24 August 2023 after a three-year transition period.The new restriction introduces minimum training requirements for workers handling diisocyanates and mixtures containing diisocyanates. The goal is to enhance and harmonize the level of protection of workers using diisocyanates across the EU.

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Vietnam updates its Law on Chemicals

The Decree 82/2022/ND-CP, which came into force last December 2022, updates the existing Decree 113/2017/ND-CP and introduces several amendments to guide the implementation of the Law on Chemicals. Thus, the Decree 82/2022/ND-CP aims to align Vietnamese chemical safety requirements to UN GHS Rev.2 (2007).

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EU vs UK CLP: What’s different and what can we expect?

When Brexit happened 3 years ago, it affected the chemical regulation relationships between UK and the rest of Europe.

Thus, the CLP Regulation was transposed into UK law after Brexit. Importantly, adaptation of the CLP Regulation to UK territory has led to differences in hazard classification, labeling, and communication between the EU and the UK.

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The European Commission shares a draft for new hazard categories under the CLP

The objectives of the CLP Regulation are to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment, and the free movement of substances, mixtures and certain articles.

These objectives are fulfilled, inter alia, by establishing new hazard classes and their criteria for classification of substances and mixtures at EU level to adapt the regulation to technical and scientific progress.

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