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Open letter CPR review continuation ETA route | EOTA | August 2020

The European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA) is concerned over the radical changes proposed by the European Commission in the Refined Indicative Options for the Review of the Construction Products Regulation of 8 April 2020, especially with regard to the possible discontinuation of the ETA route.


Building Regulations and Approved Documents index | | July 2020

An enhanced Manual to the Building Regulations designed to be clear and useful for a range of audiences, and a fully searchable PDF of all Approved Documents.


Draft Building Safety Bill | | July 2020

The draft Building Safety Bill takes forward reforms to the building and fire safety system.


New EADs published | EOTA | July 2020

A list of new EADs is published Official Journal of the European Union


Statutory enforcement actions | | June 2020

Statutory enforcement actions from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2020.


Candidate List update: Four new hazardous chemicals to be phased out | ECHA | June 2020

The additions include three substances that are toxic to reproduction and one endocrine disruptor. The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) now contains 209 substances that may have serious effects on people or the environment.


Fire Safety Bill | | April 2020

The Home Office is today introducing a new bill to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales.


Covid-19 | SIG Trading Ltd | March 2020

Covid-19 Customer Update


Brexit – guidance to stakeholders on impact in the field of industrial products | European Commission | March 2020

Since 1 February 2020, the UK has withdrawn from the EU. The ‘withdrawal agreement’ provides for a transition period ending on 31 December 2020. As of 1 January 2021 there will be broad and far-reaching consequences, regardless of the outcome of ongoing Brexit negotiations. Stakeholders must make sure they are ready for them.


New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers | European Commission | March 2020

Today, the European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan - one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe's new agenda for sustainable growth. 


Supply Chain Update - Coronavirus | SIG Trading Ltd | February 2020

Supply Chain Update - Coronavirus


Towards circular economy: test our database to track harmful chemicals in products | ECHA | February 2020

Companies can now start to test ECHA’s SCIP database of products containing Candidate List substances of very high concern. The final database will be launched later this year. Companies will need to submit information to it from January 2021 onwards.


Which pieces of EU legislation apply to your substances? | ECHA | February 2020

The European Union Chemical Legislation Finder (EUCLEF) is an upcoming online service that will enable companies to find out how their substances are being regulated in the EU and what legal obligations they have. Work is under way and ECHA is planning to launch the service, which will initially cover 40 pieces of EU legislation, in 2020.


Construction industry shows support for new Common Assessment Standard | SHP | January 2020

The construction industry is getting behind a new scheme designed to simplify and strengthen the construction prequalification process.


Statutory enforcement actions | | January 2020

Statutory enforcement actions from 1 April 2016 to 30 September 2019.


44 % of hazardous mixtures not compliant with classification and labelling obligations | ECHA | December 2019

An EU-wide Forum enforcement project has found significant non-compliance in the classification and labelling of mixtures.


Regulations: restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) | | December 2019

Guidance for manufacturers, importers and distributors. 

Many types of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) are regulated to control the levels of hazardous substances and chemicals they contain and prevent them entering the waste stream with consequential adverse impacts to human and animal health.


Raw materials: Commission launches new online portal to support responsible sourcing in businesses | EC| November 2019

Today, the European Commission is launching 'due diligence ready!', an online portal that provides businesses with guidance on how to check the sources of the metals and minerals entering their supply chains – the so-called 'due diligence' process. It will help them ensure that their use of raw materials respects human rights while improving transparency and accountability across their value chains.

Companies need to improve communication of hazardous substances in products | ECHA | November 2019

A Forum pilot enforcement project in 15 participating countries has found that 12 % of inspected products contain substances of very high concern (SVHCs). The majority (88 %) of suppliers of these products are failing to communicate sufficient information to their customers about SVHCs in products they supply.


Office for Product Safety and Standards Delivery Report | | October 2019

The Delivery Report sets out how OPSS protects consumers through robust product regulation, working with local trading standards officers and delivering with partners.


ECHA proposes 18 substances for authorisation | ECHA | October 2019

18 substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are recommended to be added to the REACH Authorisation List.


Hazardous substances – rules on information to be provided for an emergency health response (update) | European Commission | September 2019

The CARACAL (expert group on CLP) has agreed unanimously to the European Commission’s proposed changes to Annex VIII to CLP. 


Chemicals regulation (REACH) – safety data sheets (update) | European Commission | September 2019

Consultation running to change Annex II – format and content of a Safety Data Sheet


SCIP database will improve transparency on hazardous substances in articles | ECHA | September 2019

The information requirements for the upcoming database on articles containing Candidate List substances (SVHCs) are now published. Companies will need to submit information to the database from January 2021 onward.


Concern over uncertified drainage products | MPA British Precast | September 2019

British Precast has discovered that a range of imported precast concrete drainage products such as manhole rings, manhole covers, seating rings, corbels and gully raisers are being placed in the UK market without visible proof of third-party verification or assessment of conformity to relevant European and British standards.


ECHA Enforcement to Target Mixture Classifications | PSI | July 2019

Since mid-2015, European Union (EU) Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) have been required to be written in compliance with Annex II of the REACH regulation, Reg. (EC) No 1907/2006, as amended. On 18-19 June 2019, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement met in Helsinki. Many non-compliance issues were discussed, dealing specifically with SDSs that were found during inspections.


Statutory enforcement actions | | July 2019

Statutory enforcement actions from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019.


WEEE regulations: distributor templates | | June 2019

Templates to help distributors fulfil their obligations under the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations.


Restrictions to be extended on products containing plasticising chemicals | | June 2019

Restrictions on phthalates will come into force on 22 July 2019 for most electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).


New EADs published | EOTA | June 2019

A list of new EADs is published Official Journal of the European Union.


Which pieces of EU legislation apply to your substances? | ECHA | May 2019

The European Union Chemical Legislation Finder (EUCLEF) is an upcoming online service that will enable companies to find out how their substances are being regulated in the EU and what legal obligations they have. Work is under way and ECHA is planning to launch the service, which will initially cover 40 pieces of EU legislation, in 2020.


ECHA releases new submission portal for poison centres | ECHA | April 2019

ECHA has released a new portal that allows companies to prepare and submit information on hazardous mixtures that can be used by poison centres.


Enforcement and market surveillance annual report | | April 2019

Office for Product Safety & Standards

Enforcement and Market Surveillance Annual Report 2017-2018 now available on line


Construction Takes Major Step towards Improved Efficiency with Launch of First Phase of New Pre-Qualification System | Build UK | April 2019

Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) have announced the launch of the first phase of a new pre-qualification (PQ) system designed to reduce inefficiencies that are costing the construction industry up to £1 billion a year.


Product safety advice for businesses | | March 2019

What you need to know about and do to comply with the law and keep consumers safe.


New EADs published | EOTA | March 2019

A list of new EADs is published in the Official Journal of the European Union. 


Inspectors checking consumer products for hazardous chemicals | ECHA | March 2019

Inspections for two EU-wide enforcement projects are currently under way to identify hazardous chemicals in consumer products. One project focuses on treated articles and chemical mixtures for consumer and professional uses under the Biocidal Products Regulation. The other targets REACH and CLP obligations for imported products and is performed in cooperation with customs authorities.


Guidance on CLP | ECHA | March 2019

ECHA has published Guidance Documents which are available, or will be available, on their website. 

These documents have been developed with the participation of many stakeholders: Industry, Member States and NGOs. The objective of these documents is to facilitate the implementation of CLP by describing good practice on how to fulfil the obligations.


Act now to stay on the EU market after the UK’s withdrawal | ECHA | February 2019

All companies placing chemical substances onto the markets of the European Union and European Economic Area need to prepare for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU. New instructions are now available on ECHA’s website.


ECHA to provide recommendations for occupational exposure limits | ECHA | January 2019

The European Commission and ECHA have signed an agreement for the Agency to provide recommendations on a regular basis for occupational exposure limits (OELs) that protect workers exposed to hazardous chemicals. The agreement requires ECHA to assess four to five OELs per year from 2020 onwards.


Six new substances added to the Candidate List | ECHA | January 2019

The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains 197 substances.


Company director sentenced for sales of illegal chemicals | HSE | January 2019

A company director has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for the online sale of products containing prohibited substances.


Treated articles in brief | ECHA | December 2018

A new publication outlines your obligations related to products treated with biocides. Next year, an EU harmonised enforcement project will focus on treated articles. Get prepared and read the advice.


European Standardization addressing Brexit’s impact | CEN | November 2018

In order to ensure the stability of the European standardization system and to provide legal certainty and continuity at technical and policy level to all the experts contributing to the development of European standards, CEN and CENELEC agreed, at their General Assemblies of 23 November, to apply a transition period from the date of Brexit (expected to be 29 March 2019) until 31 December 2020.


New EADs published | EOTA | November 2018

The European Commission communicated 22 new references to EADs (European Assessment Documents) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ)


How will the UK withdrawal affect you? | ECHA | November 2018

The withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) will take effect from 30 March 2019.

If your company is established in the EU-27/EEA, you will be affected whenever your supply chains as a customer or supplier extend to the UK.


New EADs published | EOTA | October 2018

The European Commission communicated 6 new references to EADs (European Assessment Documents) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ)


How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal | | October 2018

The UK government has prepared guidance information in the event of a no deal Brexit


CEN publishes five Technical Specifications on Assessment of release of dangerous substances | CEN European Committee for standardization | September 2018

CEN/TC 351 'Construction Products - Assessment of release of dangerous substances' is devoted to developing modular horizontal test methods. 'Horizontal' in this case means that these methods can be used for a wide range of materials and products with certain properties, whereas 'modular' means that a test standard developed with this approach concerns a specific step in assessing a property instead of the whole chain of measurement (from sampling to analyses). This approach aims at avoiding work duplication's within different Technical Committees that focus on specific products.


Registration numbers granted to 32 515 REACH 2018 registrations | ECHA | September 2018

Registration numbers have been granted to 32 515 dossiers out of the 33 363 dossiers that were submitted by the final REACH registration deadline on 31 May. 


EH40/2005 Workplace exposure limits

Containing the list of workplace exposure limits for use with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended)

the list of workplace exposure limits for use with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended)


New EADs published | August 2018 | EOTA

The European Commission communicated 6 new references to EADs (European Assessment Documents) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ).


CEN Workshop Agreement - CWA 17316:2018 - Smart CE marking for construction products is now published | CEN | July 2018

Construction product manufacturers must comply with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR - 305/2011) and deliver a Declaration of Performance (DoP) to the market according to harmonized standards (hENs).

In several cases, this will represent very detailed information being made available and exploited to its full potential. The goal is to promote CE marking for construction products through the optional use of an electronic declaration of performance. 


New database on Candidate List substances in articles by 2021 | ECHA | July 2018

ECHA will establish a new database on the presence of hazardous chemicals in articles by the end of 2019 for waste treatment operators and consumers.


10 new substances added to the Candidate List | ECHA | June 2018

The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains 191 substances.


Inspectors to check internet sales of chemicals | ECHA | June 2018

A new enforcement project on online sales will be carried out in 2020. It will likely include restrictions and labelling duties. The report of the REF-5 project checking the safety of the working environment is under preparation.


REACH Registration final deadline: 21,551 chemicals on EU market registered by 31 May 2018 | June 2018

31 May 2018 marked the end of the 10-year period for registering existing chemicals under EU's Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). 13,620 European companies have submitted information to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on 21,551 chemicals manufactured or imported in the EU and EEA at above one tonne a year.


Circular Economy: New rules will make EU the global front-runner in waste management and recycling | European Commission | May 2018

Today EU Member States approved a set of ambitious measures to make EU waste legislation fit for the future, as part of the EU's wider circular economy policy.


Tackling Modern Slavery in Construction | | May 2018

"Workers within the construction sector are at risk of abuse and exploitation as traffickers and slave masters target the vulnerable. This is modern slavery, something we cannot shy away from, and I am pleased that construction companies have started to take ownership of this issue"

82 % of inspected internet advertisements for hazardous chemicals lack required warning | ECHA | May 2018

An enforcement project checking online advertisements for hazardous chemical mixtures finds a significant number with no hazard statements. Administrative orders, fines and criminal complaints have been undertaken.


First lists of references of harmonised standards on personal protective equipment and cableway installations published | EC | April 2018

The first list of references of harmonised standards in support of Regulation (EU) 2016/425 on personal protective equipment was published in the Official Journal (OJ) of the European Union C 113 of 27 March 2018 (172 references) together with the updated list of references of harmonised standards in support of Directive 89/686/EEC on personal protective equipment (10 new references).


Amended Approved Document L1B and Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide | Gov UK | April 2018

This circular letter informs building control bodies about the amended Approved Document L1B and the Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide


ECHA establishes new web site | European Commission | March 2018

ECHA has launched a new dedicated website to make consumers more aware of the benefits and risks of chemicals in their everyday lives.

Helsinki, 15 March 2018 – Are the chemicals used in tattoos safe? Will I get an allergic reaction if I dye my hair? Many consumers in Europe are concerned about the possible risks posed by chemicals in their lives – a 2016 Eurobarometer study of almost 28 000 people in 28 countries showed that 65 % of respondents were concerned about being exposed to hazardous chemicals.


New references of harmonised standards on radio equipment, machinery, ATEX, construction products, ecodesign and energy labelling, and conformity assessment published | European Commission | March 2018

The updated lists of references of harmonised standards were published in the Official Journal of the European Union (C 92, 9 March 2018) in support of Directive 2014/53/EU on radio equipment (3 new references), Directive 2006/42/EU on machinery (20 new references), Directive 2014/34/EU on equipment for explosive atmospheres (ATEX) (2 new references), Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 on construction products (3 new references), Commission regulation (EU) No 206/2012 and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 626/2011 on ecodesign and energy labelling of air conditioners and comfort fans (2 new references), and Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 on the new legislative framework (3 new references).


New EADs cited in OJEU | EOTA | March 2018

European Commission communicated 7 new references to EADs (European Assessment Documents) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

New guide to improve consumer product safety recalls | March 2018

BSI Code of Practice will help businesses understand what to do if their product needs to be recalled.


European Commission | Press release - Ten years of REACH: making chemicals safer for consumers, workers and the environment | March 2018

For the last 10 years, the key EU law on chemicals ("REACH") has significantly enhanced the protection of human health and the environment and promoted alternatives to animal testing. Building on this, the Commission today proposes actions to further facilitate its implementation.


New EADs published | February 2018 | EOTA

The European Commission communicated 7 new references to EADs (European Assessment Documents) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ).

Experts call for improvements to EU Commission’s construction products proposal | February 2018

The German environment agency (UBA) has released a report critiquing the European Commission’s draft proposal on how to communicate the indoor emissions of hazardous substances from construction products.


New EADs published | January 2018 | EOTA

7 new references to EADs (European Assessment Documents) were cited in the Official Journal of the European Union (


ECHA to consider restrictions on the use of oxo-plastics and microplastics | January 2018

Following the requests from the European Commission, ECHA has started to prepare restriction proposals for oxo-plastics and for intentionally added microplastic particles to consumer or professional use products of any kind.


Nanotechnology in Construction and Demolition | January 2018

Based upon research by Loughborough University the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (iosh) has published a guidance document for the construction and demolition industry regarding nano-materials.


EU-OSHA prepares for hazardous chemicals campaign | December 2017

Hazardous chemicals in the workplace will be at the core of EU-Osha's next two-year Healthy Workplaces Campaign (HWC), which officially begins in April next year.


Restriction proposal on diisocyanates | ECHA | December 2017

The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) agreed on proposed restrictions on diisocyanates and on lead stabilisers in PVC articles. RAC also endorsed the joint ECHA/RAC-SCOEL Task Force report on scientific methods to assess exposure to chemicals at the workplace.


Consultation on implementing new and revised Workplace Exposure Limits | November 2017

The HSE is consulting on the implementation of new and revised Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for thirty-one chemical substances to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.


Study reveals 'massive weaknesses' in conflict minerals policies | November 2017

Independent research has found that 95% of company conflict mineral policies are not aligned with the OECD's Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. 


12 new EADs (European Assessment Documents) cited in the Official Journal of the European Union | October 2017

These new EADs provide methods and criteria for assessing the performance of construction products via the ETA route


European automotive group develops list of absent SVHC ‘unique identifiers’ | October 2017

The European Automotive Industries Association (Acea) has developed a list of unique substance identifiers missing from the REACH candidate list.


Commission releases first EU-wide tool for sustainable building performance reporting | September 2017

The European Commission launched the pilot phase of Level(s), a new EU framework for sustainable buildings which will help transform the building sector. It is the first tool of this kind that has been developed for use across the whole of Europe.


BSI revises standard for fire detection and fire alarm systems | September 2017

BSI, the business standards company, has revised its standard for fire detection and fire alarm systems.


Building (Amendment) Regulations 2017 | | September 2017

Effective 1st October 2017: Benchmark Certification Limited and Network VEKA Limited removed

Effective 28th February 2018: BM Trada Certification Limited are substituted by Assure Certification Limited


European Commission Adds 25 CMRs To REACH Annex XVII | UL SAFEWARE QUASAR | September 2017

If you supply chemical products to the European market, you should be aware that last week the European Commission made significant amendments to the Appendices to Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation. Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1510


Call for Experts – ETAG conversion into EADs | August 2017

Under the Construction Products Directive (CPD - 89/106/EEC) EOTA had developed European Technical Approvals Guidelines (ETAGs) which need to be developed in EADs in the sense of the Regulation (EU) No 305/2011


Enforcement Authorities To Target Labelling & SDS Compliance With CLP | UL Safeware Quasar | August 2017

Earlier this year UL Safeware Quasar advised that Inspectors in EU Member States would be investigating the quality of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) as they launched their fifth REACH Enforcement Project (REF-5) in January 2017. 


European Commission Clamp Down On Non-Compliance Of Products Sold Online | UL Safeware Quasar | August 2017

If you are a chemical company supplying products online, you should be aware of this important notice. The European Commission (EC) has this month issued guidelines to help national market surveillance authorities better control products sold online. With the majority of Europeans now buying products online and getting items shipped directly to their door, the Commission has raised concerns over the compliance of these products, and is assisting Member State authorities in the enforcement of relevant EU legislation.


Workshops on the EU Construction & Demolition Waste Management Protocol in 6 EU capitals | EC | July 2017

Local stakeholders in the construction and waste sectors are coming together with the European Commission in Portugal, Ireland, Croatia, Slovakia, Romania and Spain to discuss construction & demolition waste, and in particular the management of it.


EU countries compliance with EU law not yet good enough | EC | July 2017

The online Single Market Scoreboard, published today (6th July 2017), shows that whilst most barriers to the free movement of persons, services, goods and capital are being eliminated, in some fields the situation is stalling or even worsening.


Guidance on substances in articles updated | ECHA | June 2017

ECHA has published a comprehensive update to its Guidance on requirements for substances in articles. It gives more clarity on the communication and notification obligations of companies when substances of very high concern are contained in articles.


EU observatory for nanomaterials launched | ECHA | June 2017

ECHA publishes a new website that gives citizens, workers and professionals access to information on nanomaterials on the EU market in 23 languages.


Happy Birthday ECHA - 10 years making chemicals safer in Europe | June 2017

On 1 June 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is 10 years old. ECHA has been working to protect human health and the environment from the toxic effects of chemicals, promote their safe use, control the most dangerous ones and encourage innovation.


EU publishes further restriction on Mercury and its compounds | May 2017

EU 2017/852 has been published repealing Regulation EC 1102/2008.

This regulation adds to the drive across the European Union as enactment of the Minamata Convention on mercury 2013 to remove mercury and its compounds from the supply chain by placing restriction on the import, use in manufacturing and export of materials and products containing mercury.


EU publishes EU 2017/821 “Conflict Minerals” | May 2017

17th May Brussels – The European Parliament publishes regulations laying down due diligence obligations for those businesses importing to the European Union: Tin, Tantalum, Tungsten (their ores) and Gold originating from conflict affected high risk areas.


Rapex 2016 annual report available | May 2017

The Rapid Alert System enables quick exchange of information between 31 European countries and the European Commission about dangerous non-food products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers.


Will your branch break the law in June? | April 2017

Deadline Before 31st May 2017

Thursday 1st June 2017 is the date set in the Classification, Labelling & Packaging Regulations (CLP) when it will become illegal to supply (chemical) substances and mixtures carrying the old classification system markings on materials such as cements, mortars, grouts, adhesives, sealants, aerosols, paints.


Restriction proposal adopted on four phthalates | April 2017

Restriction proposal adopted on four phthalates.

The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) agreed on a restriction proposal on four phthalates (DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP) in articles and on TDFA in sprays used by the general public. 


What biocidal substances can be used to treat products | April 2017

Do you market treated articles? For example paints that contain an in-can preservative, timber products treated with fungicide or sofas where the fabric has been treated with a preservative.


HSE updates its guidance pages regarding the supply of new products to market | March 2017

This is to reflect  that a number of New Legislative Framework (NLF) alignment Directives concerning: electrical equipment (Low Voltage Directive), pressure equipment (PED), simple pressure vessels (SPVD), equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX), and lifts (LD) have now been implemented in to UK Law.


Flame Retardant decaBDE (bis(pentabromophenyl)ether) given sunset date | March 2017

In Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, the following entry is added:

Entry No 67

Bis(pentabromophenyl)ether (decabromodiphenyl ether; decaBDE) CAS No 1163-19-5, EC No 214-604-9


Eco-Labelling of wood floor products – new criteria published | February 2017

A new product group "Wood-, Cork- and Bamboo-based Floor Coverings" is replacing the previous criteria for "Wooden Floor Coverings", enlarging the scope of floor covering products.


CLP Update - Major Changes to Poison Centre Requirements | February 2017

A significant update to the CLP Regulation will see Poison Centre information harmonised across the EU, the addition of a new Annex VIII into the CLP Regulation and is expected to be adopted by the end of February 2017.


ADR 2017 Is Now Available for download | January 2017

ADR is the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road with the 2017 version released online by UNECE (The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) this week.


No time to lose: a cross industry commitment to tackle respirable crystalline silica | January 2017

Research suggests that in Britain nearly 800 people die a year from lung cancer caused by breathing in silica dust at work. In the European Union, around 7,000 cases of lung cancer are caused by this carcinogen annually. Worldwide, it’s estimated that millions of employees are exposed to silica dust.


EU conflict minerals | December 2016

On 22 November 2016, the EU Institutions reached an agreement on the final shape of an EU Regulation on conflict minerals, which aims to stop the financing of armed groups in developing countries through the trade of the following substances:

Tin [CAS# 7440-31-5]

Tantalum [CAS# 7440-25-7]

Tungsten [CAS# 7440-33-7]

Gold [CAS# 7440-57-5]

The agreement on the Regulation, brokered by the EU Commission, will ensure that the vast majority of these minerals and metals imported to the EU are sourced responsibly.


Let's launch our Case for a Fire Safety Strategy! | December 2016

EOTA, through its Members (TABs), provides for the necessary tools to individually assess construction products with regard to their reaction and resistance to fire. Therefore, EOTA is pleased to be supporting the involvement in Fire Safety as being a major issue for coordinated action in Europe.


Updated interactive Guide on safety data sheets and exposure scenarios | November 2016

Updated interactive Guide on safety data sheets and exposure scenarios available.


Respirable crystalline silica on construction sites: new European Guidance for Labour Inspectors launched | November 2016

The Senior Labour Inspectors’ Committee (SLIC) together with the Dutch ministry of Labour (labour inspection) have published guidance for National Labour Inspectors on addressing risks to workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) on construction sites.



Regulatory Delivery Enforcement FLEGT Update | September 2016

The EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation establishes rules for the import of timber products covered by Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber-exporting countries. Once VPAs are fully implemented, timber-exporting countries will issue FLEGT licenses which verify the timber’s legality.


Guidance on labelling and packaging in accordance with CLP updated | September 2016

This update of the Guidance on labelling and packaging in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 consists of a full revision of the guidance.


List of harmonised classifications updated | August 2016

The European Commission has recently amended the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation, updating the list of substances with a harmonised classification. Companies have to apply the revised classifications for the safe use of these chemicals by 1 March 2018 at the latest. EU 2016/1179


Preservative to be removed from hand creams, sun screens and other cosmetic products | August 2016

Methylisothiazolinone [CAS# 2682-20-4] a.k.a MIT

The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has concluded that current clinical data indicates that the concentration of 100 ppm of Methylisothiazolinone in cosmetic products is not safe for the consumer.


ASFP: Standards and BREXIT and Commission issues consultation on indicators for environmental performance of buildings framework | July 2016

BSI, as the UK’s National Standards Body appointed by the UK Government, is a Member of CEN and CENELEC and has issued a statement stating that they see no change to BSI’s status and obligations as a full member of CEN and CENELEC in light of BREXIT.  


Control of Electro Magnetic Fields at Work Regulations | July 2016

1st July 2016 the Control of Electro Magnetic Fields at Work Regulations (2016) come in to force.


Child Resistant Packaging | June 2016

An enforcement project has shown that a high proportion of products with hazardous chemicals that should be sold in packaging with child resistant fastenings and can be found on supermarket shelves in the EU, do not comply with the CLP requirements and do not adequately protect children.


Product labelling for the UK(EU) market | June 2016

All EU manufacturers, importers and distributors of chemical substances, mixtures and certain articles must apply CLP labelling to new production and support the supply with a CLP format SDS.


EFBWW policy paper on chemicals and the carcinogens Directive | June 2016

On May 13th, the European Commission presented a draft for a revised Directive for the protection of workers against the exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at the workplace.

The European Federation of Building and Woodworkers welcomes the proposal, but has made additional requests in a policy paper available in five languages regarding a number of carcinogens and the inclusion of reprotoxicants into the scope of the Directive.


Commission proposes better workers' protection against cancer-causing | May 2016

Based on input from scientists, employers, workers, Member States' representatives and labour inspectors, the Commission has proposed limit values for 13 of a list of priority chemical agents identified through the consultation process. For the remaining chemical agents there is additional analysis to be done and a proposal for limit values will follow by end 2016.


Rapex 2015 annual report available | May 2016

The Rapid Alert System enables quick exchange of information between 31 European countries and the European Commission about dangerous non-food products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers.


PPE - no longer the manufacturers sole responsibility under EU 2016/452 | April 2016

The PPE Directive was one of the first New Approach Directives and is now over 20 years old. in order to reflect current technologies and processes for developing and bringing PPE to the market, it is in the process of being superseded by a new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425.



The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) | Europa.EU | April 2016

The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2006/95/EC ensures that electrical equipment within certain voltage limits provides a high level of protection for European citizens, and benefits fully from the Single Market. However, as of 20 April, 2016, this Directive will be repealed by the new LVD Directive 2014/35/EU.


All HM Government construction tenders need to demonstrate BIM Level 2 | BSI | April 2016

All HM Government construction tenders need to demonstrate BIM Level 2
after 4 April 2016


ECHA Guide - Tips for users of Chemicals in the Workplace | ECHA | March 2016

A short guide for users of chemicals in the workplace on how to get the most from the classification and labelling information you receive


Industry News | Fortis | Issue 9 | February 2016

For over a year SIG Assured has established itself in the industry as an important resource for contractors and continues to grow in strength.


The new sentencing guidelines: is your board prepared? | SHP | Mon 1st February 2016

The new sentencing guidelines for health & safety offences are in force from today, 1 February 2016. They were intended to increase the level of fines, particularly for larger organisations. However, unintended consequences of the way punishments are now calculated mean that judges will be forced to hand out very much greater fines than expected and send many more directors, managers and junior employees to jail for breaching health & safety laws.


CSCS skills cards revoked after 'dodgy' safety tests | Construction Enquirer | Mon 25th January 2016

4,615 skills cards revoked after 'dodgy' safety tests.  Thousands of industry skills cards have been revoked following fraud at five test centres.


Amendment to manner in which chemical information is displayed | ECHA | Wed 20th January 2016

ECHA have changed the manner in which information on chemicals is presented


Many companies still miss their registration duties | ECHA | Thu 10th December 2015

The third REACH-EN-FORCE project by ECHA's Enforcement Forum shows that 13 % of inspected companies have missed some of their REACH registration duties. Only representatives and importers are more at risk of non-compliance than manufacturers of substances.


REACH Guidance document on use description updated | ECHA | Tue 8 December 2015

ECHA has published an update of Chapter R.12 of the Guidance on information requirements and chemical safety assessment (IR&CSA) on use description.


Guidance on the compilation of safety data sheets | ECHA | November 2015

ECHA has published a corrigendum to the Guidance on the compilation of safety data sheets to correct the quotation of the legal text of Regulation (EU) 2015/830 and the highlighting of the new legal text in some of the translated versions. Minor editorial corrections have also been made in all language versions (except Danish).


FEIE announces strategy for 2016 chemicals & 2017 articles through internet trade| ECHA | Tues 10th November 2015

At its November meeting, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement decided on two new pilot projects for 2016 and 2017.


ECHA will update the Guidance on substances in articles | ECHA | Weds 30th September 2015

Following the judgement of the Court of Justice, ECHA will update its Guidance on requirements for substances in articles in two stages.


CE Marking for Construction Products Step by Step | Europa | Tues 8th September 2015

CE marking for construction products 'step-by-step' guide now available in all EU languages


Notify ECHA of your uses covered by a REACH authorisation| European Chemicals Agency | Wed 16th September 2015

ECHA/NA/15/31 - If you use a substance for which an actor up your supply chain has an authorisation, you have to notify your use of that substance to ECHA.


ECHA Publishes New Support Pages | The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) | Thu 4th September 2015

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has produced new support pages and concise guidance regarding chemical safety in the EU supply chain.


Welding warning over Chinese rebar | Grant Prior | Fri 16th January 2015

Construction companies are being urged to check their rebar stocks following the latest warning over the quality of Chinese imports.


Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 | HSE / Association for Specialist Fire Protection | Mon 23rd February 2015

Manufacturers of construction products need to be aware of the following areas of obligation under these Regulations

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