On September 1, 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) proposed to include the following six substances in the list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). ECHA has now opened a public commen, which will last until October 16, 2023. If approved, these substances will be formally added to the SVHC list, becoming the 30th batch of SVHC substances.
On August 23, 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released an investigation report regarding the presence of CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, or Reproductive Toxic) substances in children's products. This initiative aims to provide support for the development of committee restriction measures to protect children from the hazards posed by CMR category 1A or 1B substances in children's products.
On August 8, 2023, the European Commission issued the revised amendment (EU) 2023/1608 to the European Union Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation (EU) 2019/1021. This amendment officially designates PFHxS and its salts, as well as related substances, to be listed in Annex I of the EU POPs Regulation. The revised regulation will come into effect on the 20th day from the date of publication in the official journal and will be applicable to all member states.
On July 12, 2023, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) No 2023/1442, amending the EU Food Contact Plastic Materials Regulation (EU) No 10/2011. The regulation has come into effect on August 1, 2023.
On July 17, 2023, the European Union published Regulation (EU) 2023/1464 to amend the REACH Regulation by introducing a new restriction - Article 77, which specifically addressing formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing substances in Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation. This new provision will come into effect 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. This update can be seen as a comprehensive control measure by the EU to regulate formaldehyde, and the scope of applicable products is no longer limited to those containing boards; it now encompasses almost all lightweight consumer products, including furniture, toys, baby and children's products, tools, stationery, fitness equipment, pet supplies, and sanitary products, among others.
On June 9, 2023, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) of the European Union issued final opinion on salicylic acid (SCCS/1646/22). The preliminary opinion on the safety of salicylic acid in cosmetics was released on December 15, 2022.
On June 8, 2023, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) issued preliminary opinions on Methylparaben (CAS No. 99-76-3, EC No. 202-785-7) and Butylparaben (CAS No. 94-26-8, EC No. 202-318-7). The deadline for public consultation is August 21, 2023.
On June 13, 2023, the European Union Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) pulished the preliminary opinion on the fragrance ingredient "Benzyl salicylate" (CAS No. 118-58-1, EC No. 204-262-9) (SCCS/1656/23). The deadline for comments was set for 4 August 2023.
On June 26, 2023, the European Union Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) released the "Guidelines for the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics (Second Edition)" (SCCS/1655/23). The previous "Guidelines for Safety Evaluation of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics (First Edition)" (SCCS/1611/19) was released on October 30-31, 2019.
On June 20, 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that the European Union Enforcement Forum plans to carry out the 13th Joint Enforcement Project (REF-13) and the 3rd Major Enforcement Project on Biocides (BEF-3) within the EU by 2025.