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The Court of Justice of the EU Adopts a Broad Interpretation of the Information on Emissions into the Environment that Authorities Must Disclose to the Public

Last week the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) upheld a broad interpretation of the concept of “information that relates to emissions into the environment” that EU and Member State authorities (e.g., ECHA, EFSA, Commission, national environmental agencies) must disclose to the public.  According to the CJEU, the information that must be disclosed … Continue Reading

The European Commission Launches a Public Consultation on a EU Nano-Registry

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on possible EU measures to increase the transparency of nanomaterials on the European market.  The consultation is the first step of a Commission drafting procedure that is likely to end in a proposal for a Regulation on an EU Nano-Registry that the Commission could formally present by … Continue Reading

Presentation on the New EU Rules on Articles Treated with Biocidal Products

The attached presentation on the New EU Rules on Articles Treated with Biocidal Products was presented at the Annual Conference on European Food Law 2014 of the Academy of European Law ,  Trier, on May 5, 2014.  The slides discuss the new rules for treated articles of the EU Biocidal Products Regulation, the evolving Commission’s interpretation on complex … Continue Reading

ECHA Steps Up its Enforcement Powers Under the REACH Regime

In a move that illustrates a continued political will to step up its enforcement powers, the European Chemicals Agency recently sent out REACH Article 36 letters to 46 companies that according to ECHA failed to correct their registration dossiers of intermediate substances.  Under the EU REACH Regulation, intermediates are subject to less burdensome registration substances … Continue Reading

EU Court Requires EU Authorities to Disclose Information on Impurities and Composition of Substances Submitted by Companies

This post was originally published as a Covington E-Alert Very recently, the General Court of the European Union held that European institutions and agencies (e.g., European Commission, ECHA, EFSA, EMA) must disclose to the public, upon their request, information on the impurities and composition of substances emitted into the environment even if this may affect … Continue Reading

New EU Requirements on Articles Treated with Biocidal Products

Originally posted as Covington E-Alert on August 30, 2013 As of September 1, 2013, the new rules of the EU Biocidal Products Regulation apply to goods manufactured in, or imported into, the European Union and European Economic Area (“EU/EEA”).[1]  The Regulation imposes new approval, labeling and disclosure requirements on goods (i.e., substances, mixtures, objects) that … Continue Reading

Upcoming EU Requirements on Goods Treated with Biocidal Substances

Article originally published in EuroWatch on August 15, 2011 The Council of the European Union has adopted a position at First Reading on a proposal for a Regulation on Biocidal Products that would impose new requirements on goods treated with biocidal products (“Council First Reading”).1 The new rules would apply to a wide variety of … Continue Reading

Getting Ready For Reach: Substances Of Very High Concern

Originally published as Covington E-Alert in April 2011 THE REACH REGULATION AND SUBSTANCES OF VERY HIGH CONCERN The European Union’s Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (“REACH Regulation”) requires the European Chemicals Agency (“ECHA”) to identify so-called Substances of Very High Concern (“SVHCs”) and to list them in … Continue Reading
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