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Whether you work with chemicals, have an interest in how chemicals affect us and the environment or work as a journalist or decision-maker in the field of manufactured chemicals, the Safer Chemicals Podcast is for you. We give you the latest updates on how chemicals are being regulated in the EU and what harmful chemicals are being phased out. Listen to expert views on chemical safety in the EU and join the scientific discussion on key topics including microplastics, glyphosate, endocrine disruptors, chemicals used in tattoo inks, and much more. Hosted by Adam Elwan and Päivi Jokiniemi from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Visit our website: https://echa.europa.eu/

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Finland

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Whether you work with chemicals, have an interest in how chemicals affect us and the environment or work as a journalist or decision-maker in the field of manufactured chemicals, the Safer Chemicals Podcast is for you. We give you the latest updates on how chemicals are being regulated in the EU and what harmful chemicals are being phased out. Listen to expert views on chemical safety in the EU and join the scientific discussion on key topics including microplastics, glyphosate, endocrine disruptors, chemicals used in tattoo inks, and much more. Hosted by Adam Elwan and Päivi Jokiniemi from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Visit our website: https://echa.europa.eu/

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Episodes

Joining forces for humans, animals, environment: One Health - Part 1

2/8/2024
Our wellbeing depends on the health of animals, plants and our environment. What affects one affects all the others, and increasingly so. A One Health perspective is about joining forces to find integrated solutions to common challenges such as climate change and antibiotic resistance. Join us to hear from experts at five EU scientific agencies about how we can put One Health into practice. Whether it's safeguarding access to life-saving medicines or combating the next pandemics, a One Health approach will be essential to how our society navigates the future. This is the first of our two part episode with speakers from five EU agencies. Host James Ramsay, Head of Communications - European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Guests Carlos das Neves, Chief Scientist - European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Wim De Coen, Head of Hazard Assessment at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Mike Catchpole, Chief Scientist at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Dario Piselli, Expert in environment and health at the European Environment Agency (EEA) Steffen Thirstrup, Chief Medical Officer at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Check our website and stay updated by subscribing to our newsletter. Useful links EFSA, Science on the Menu podcast ECDC On Air podcast Episode transcript Give us feedback ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast Subscribe to our news Follow us on: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:23:10

EU enforcement project: excessive levels of harmful chemicals found in consumer products

12/9/2023
Welcome to the Safer Chemicals Podcast. In this episode, we explore an EU enforcement project that revealed concerning levels of banned chemicals in everyday consumer goods across Europe. The findings? A significant 18% non-compliance rate in various items like electrical devices, sports gear, toys, and fashion products. Join us as we discuss the project's key discoveries and recommendations with experts Karin Rumar and Maciej Baranski. They shed light on the presence of harmful substances like phthalates, lead, and cadmium in these items, and how enforcement measures were taken to address non-compliant products. The project's recommendations for industry emphasise the responsibility of companies in ensuring product safety. They advocate for heightened awareness, risk-based compliance checks, and stringent assessments to prevent hazardous chemicals in consumer goods. Check our website for the full report and stay updated on future initiatives by subscribing to our newsletter. Useful links Hazardous chemicals found in consumer productsSafety Gate: EU rapid alert system for dangerous non-food productsEpisode transcriptMore episodes on the Enforcement ForumGive us feedback">Give us feedback ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channel">Subscribe to our YouTube channelSubscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast">Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals PodcastSubscribe to our news">Subscribe to our news Follow us on: Twitter">TwitterFacebook">FacebookLinkedIn">LinkedIn Visit our website">Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:20:01

Unpacking 5 600 comments on PFAS restriction: Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committee highlights

12/4/2023
Welcome to the Safer Chemicals Podcast. Join host Adam Elwan as he delves into the work of the European Chemicals Agency's scientific committees. In this episode, we talk about the record number of comments received for the proposed restriction of PFAS and the harmonised classification of tea tree oil. Discover the unprecedented public engagement as we explore the analysis of over 5 600 comments received on the proposed PFAS restriction. Our experts, Roberto Scazzola and Maria Ottati, shed light on the extensive input from various sectors, offering insights into the diverse perspectives and key concerns highlighted by industry experts and individuals alike. From electronic and semiconductor industries to discussions on cosmetics and textiles, we dig deeper into the breadth of feedback received and its potential impact on regulatory decisions. Stay tuned as the Risk Assessment Committee addresses the evaluation of tea tree oil, discussing its potential impact on various sectors including fragrances, cosmetics, and plant protection products. Join us for a deep dive into the world of chemical oversight, scientific opinions, and the profound impact of public input on shaping regulatory decisions. Subscribe to stay updated on our upcoming episodes covering crucial findings and insights on chemical regulations and safety. What the committees do The two committees prepare scientific opinions that are used by the European Commission and EU Member States when deciding how chemical risks need to be controlled. They are made up of scientists from EU Member States and have observers from EU organisations that represent different sectors and interests. Useful links Episode transcriptMore episodes on the committees for risk assessment and socio-economic analysis">More episodes on the committees for risk assessment and socio-economic analysisGive us feedback">Give us feedback More Highlights from November RAC and SEAC meetingsAgenda of RAC’s meetingAgenda of SEAC’s meetingREACH restriction process">REACH restriction processHarmonised classification and labelling">Harmonised classification and labellingRisk Assessment Committee">Risk Assessment CommitteeSocio-Economic Analysis Committee">Socio-Economic Analysis Committee ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channel">Subscribe to our YouTube channelSubscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast">Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals PodcastSubscribe to our news">Subscribe to our news Follow us on: Twitter">TwitterFacebook">FacebookLinkedIn">LinkedIn Visit our website">Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:19:17

Biocidal Products Committee: Data gaps slowing down substance approvals and product authorisations

11/27/2023
Join Päivi Jokiniemi and Joost van Galen in this episode of the Safer Chemicals Podcast. The episode focuses on the most important outcomes of the November meeting of our Biocidal Products Committee. Joost tells, for example, about the adopted Union authorisation opinions and explains why the Committee will continue discussing its opinion on an active substance application for bronopol in an additional virtual meeting in December 2023. He also raises the issue of data gaps and gives tips to companies on how to avoid them. What the Biocidal Products Committee does: The Committee prepares scientific opinions for the European Commission on biocidal active substances and on EU-wide authorisations of biocidal products. Full episode transcript More Highlights from November BPC meetingBiocidal Products Committee & Working procedures Biocides guidanceGuiding principles on handling information provided by the applicant during union authorisation process Give us feedback ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channel">Subscribe to our YouTube channelSubscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast">Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals PodcastSubscribe to our news">Subscribe to our news Follow us on: Twitter">TwitterFacebook">FacebookLinkedIn">LinkedIn Visit our website">Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:12:41

Bridging the gap between scientific research and chemicals regulation

9/29/2023
In this episode of the Safer Chemicals Podcast, we take you on a deep dive into the world of chemical safety with a spotlight on scientific research needs for the regulatory risk assessment of chemicals. Päivi Jokiniemi speaks with ECHA's experts, Wim De Coen and Fleur van Broekhuizen, who give insights into the significance of scientific research in chemical regulation. Together, they explore the fundamental questions: Why is scientific research crucial for EU chemicals regulation, and what is ECHA doing to address the ever-evolving challenges in this field? Learn why scientific research is the cornerstone of ECHA's efforts, enabling the identification of chemical hazards, assessment of risks, and ensuring regulatory compliance. Get an inside look at ECHA's collaborative approach, where engagement with the scientific community is paramount. Understand how ECHA actively cooperates with researchers, fostering dialogue and knowledge exchange to drive chemical safety. Explore the Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC), an initiative that allocates substantial funding to research projects aimed at enhancing regulatory practices and improving chemical safety. Discover the key areas of regulatory challenge highlighted in ECHA's recent report and gain insights into how increased scientific research can provide better protection against harmful chemicals, address chemical pollution in the natural environment, shift away from animal testing, and improve the availability of chemical data. Wim works as a head of unit in our Hazard Assessment Directorate and Fleur in the team coordinating ECHA's activities under PARC. Useful links Episode transcriptGive us feedback">Give us feedbackListen on YouTube">Listen on YouTube More ECHA report: Key Areas of Regulatory ChallengeECHA identifies research needs for regulating hazardous chemicals - ECHA News 15 November 2023More on this topic ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channel">Subscribe to our YouTube channelSubscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast">Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals PodcastSubscribe to our news">Subscribe to our news Follow us on: Twitter">TwitterFacebook">FacebookLinkedIn">LinkedIn Visit our website">Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:28:56

Banning creosote-treated wood: Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committee highlights

9/19/2023
Join Adam Elwan in the latest episode of the Safer Chemicals Podcast as he welcomes the new Chair of the Risk Assessment Committee, Roberto Scazzola, and Maria Ottati, Chair of the Socio-Economic Analysis Committee. They talk about the ongoing evaluation of the universal PFAS restriction proposal, France's proposal to restrict creosote-treated wood, the impact of new CLP hazard classes, and more. Get the latest updates on chemical risk assessment and regulation in Europe. What the committees do The two committees prepare scientific opinions that are used by the European Commission and EU Member States when deciding how chemical risks need to be controlled. They are made up of scientists from EU Member States and have observers from EU organisations that represent different sectors and interests. Useful links Episode transcriptMore episodes on the committees for risk assessment and socio-economic analysis">More episodes on the committees for risk assessment and socio-economic analysisGive us feedback">Give us feedbackListen on YouTube More ECHA's Risk Assessment Committee: banning secondary uses of creosote-treated wood necessaryECHA news, 20 September 2023Agenda of RAC’s meetingAgenda of SEAC’s meetingREACH restriction process">REACH restriction processApplications for authorisation">Applications for authorisationHarmonised classification and labelling">Harmonised classification and labellingRisk Assessment Committee">Risk Assessment CommitteeSocio-Economic Analysis Committee">Socio-Economic Analysis Committee ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channel">Subscribe to our YouTube channelSubscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast">Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals PodcastSubscribe to our news">Subscribe to our news Follow us on: Twitter">TwitterFacebook">FacebookLinkedIn">LinkedIn Visit our website">Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:30:35

Biocidal Products Committee: New Chair's outlook on future challenges

9/19/2023
After the summer break, the Biocidal Products Committee is back in business discussing the latest active substance and Union authorisation cases. In this episode, we will introduce Joost van Galen, the new Chair of the committee, who tells about his background and how it has prepared him for this new role. He also shares his thoughts about the main challenges that the committee will be facing in the coming years. In addition, we cover the most important opinions that the committee concluded on during the September meeting. What the Biocidal Products Committee does The Committee prepares scientific opinions for the European Commission on biocidal active substances and on EU-wide authorisations of biocidal products. Give us feedbackEpisode transcriptMore episodes on the Biocidal Products CommitteeListen on YouTube More Highlights from September Biocidal Products Commitee meeting - ECHA news update, 20 September 2023 Biocidal Products Committee ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channel">Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast">Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast Subscribe to our news">Subscribe to our news Follow us on: *Twitter">Twitter *Facebook">Facebook *LinkedIn">LinkedIn Visit our website">Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:17:28

ECHA's committees in focus: Tim Bowmer reflects on 11 years as Chair, PFAS restrictions, and future outlook

6/20/2023
Welcome to the Safer Chemicals Podcast, where we delve into the world of chemical risk management. In this episode, we speak with Tim Bowmer and Maria Ottati, Chairs of ECHA's Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committees. They update us on the universal PFAS restriction proposal, an ambitious initiative to minimise the release of persistent chemicals. Tim Bowmer also reflects on his impressive 11 years as Chair and sheds light on the evolving regulatory landscape. Join us as we explore the latest developments and discuss the future challenges faced by ECHA's committees. What the committees do The two committees prepare scientific opinions that are used by the European Commission and EU Member States when deciding how chemical risks need to be controlled. They are made up of scientists from EU Member States and have observers from EU organisations that represent different sectors and interests. Useful links Episode transcriptMore episodes on the committees for risk assessment and socio-economic analysisGive us feedback More ECHA’s committees: EU-wide PFAS ban in firefighting foams warrantedAgenda of RAC’s meetingAgenda of SEAC’s meetingREACH restriction processApplications for authorisationHarmonised classification and labellingOccupational exposure limitsRisk Assessment CommitteeSocio-Economic Analysis Committee ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channel">Subscribe to our YouTube channelSubscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast">Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals PodcastSubscribe to our news">Subscribe to our news Follow us on: Twitter">TwitterFacebook">FacebookLinkedIn">LinkedIn Visit our website">Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:36:42

Enforcement Forum's impact and future: insights from the Forum's outgoing Chair

6/18/2023
Join us in this episode of the Safer Chemicals Podcast as we explore the latest developments from the Enforcement Forum of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). In conversation with Katja vom Hofe, the outgoing Chair of the Forum, we reflect on the achievements and challenges faced in promoting chemical safety and enforcement. Discover how the Forum's collaborative efforts have shaped the future of chemical regulation in Europe and learn about the upcoming REACH enforcement project, REF-13. We dive into the topic of enforcing chemical products sold online, exploring the scope, impact, and potential changes in legislation. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights from Katja, an expert with a unique perspective from leading the Forum for many years and discover how enforcement authorities are working together to ensure compliance and protect consumers in the digital age. What the Forum does The Forum and the BPRS are a network of enforcement authorities from the EU and EEA. They are responsible for coordinating the enforcement of REACH, CLP, PIC, POPs and BPR chemicals legislation. Their aim is to protect peoples’ health and the environment while ensuring a level playing field for companies on the EU market. New EU chemicals enforcement project to focus on products sold onlineECHA news, 20 June 2023Episode transcript">Episode transcriptMore episodes on the ForumGive us feedback Useful links Enforcement Forum - who we areMeetings of the Forum

Duration:00:16:27

Biocidal Products Committee: reflecting on ten years of committee work

6/12/2023
This episode gives you the highlights from the June meeting of our Biocidal Products Committee. Our guest is the Chair of the committee, Erik van de Plassche. In this episode we cover, for example, topical active substance and Union authorisation cases. We also discuss some procedural topics related to data that is generated after an active substance has been approved as well as minor and major change applications in the context of Union authorisations. We also take a broader look at the work of the committee and hear Erik’s reflections on how it has developed during the past ten years, as this was his last meeting as the chair of the committee. What the Biocidal Products Committee does The Committee prepares scientific opinions for the European Commission on biocidal active substances and on EU-wide authorisations of biocidal products. Full episode transcript Give us feedback More Biocidal Products CommitteeHighlights from June BPC meeting - ECHA news 13 June 2023 ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channel">Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast">Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast Subscribe to our news">Subscribe to our news Follow us on: *Twitter">Twitter *Facebook">Facebook *LinkedIn">LinkedIn Visit our website">Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:27:09

Risk Assessment Committee backs PFAS ban in firefighting foams

3/20/2023
Tim Bowmer and María Ottati, Chairs of our committees for risk assessment and socio-economic analysis join us to share the highlights from their March 2023 meetings. On the agenda: • Restricting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) The universal restriction proposal prepared by the authorities of Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden was discussed for the first time in the committees. Both committees confirmed that the proposal conforms with the legal requirements of REACH. A six-month consultation starts on 22 March. An online info session to all stakeholders takes place on 5 April. • Restricting PFAS in firefighting foams This proposal would ban the placing on the market, use and formulation of all PFAS in firefighting foams after specific transition periods. RAC adopted its opinion supporting the proposed restriction. SEAC agreed its draft opinion, which is subject to consultation until 15 May 2023. • Restricting DMAC/NEP This proposal would harmonise the occupational exposure limit on these two dipolar aprotic solvents to protect workers. RAC adopted its opinion supporting the initiative. SEAC agreed its draft opinion, which is subject to consultation until 15 May 2023. Both substances are harmful to reproduction and may harm the unborn child. Tim and María walk us through the committees' opinions and how they reached their conclusions. What the committees do The two committees prepare scientific opinions that are used by the European Commission and EU Member States when deciding how chemical risks need to be controlled. They are made up of scientists from EU Member States and have observers from EU organisations that represent different sectors and interests. More • ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee backs PFAS ban in firefighting foams - ECHA news, 21 March 2023 • Risk Assessment Committee - official webpage • Socio-Economic Analysis Committee - official webpage

Duration:00:25:27

Biocidal Products Committee: Nitrogen generated from ambient air as a low-risk active substance

3/3/2023
This episode gives you the highlights from the March meeting of our Biocidal Products Committee. Our guest is the Chair of the Committee, Erik van de Plassche. The main topic of the episode is the nitrogen generated from ambient air. We cover the main points of discussion and motivation for the committee’s opinion. Background The Committee prepares scientific opinions for the European Commission on biocidal active substances and on EU-wide authorisations of biocidal products. Full episode transcript (coming soon) More Highlights from March BPC meeting ************** Give us feedback Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast Subscribe to our news Follow us on: *Twitter *Facebook *LinkedIn Visit our website

Duration:00:21:12

EU enforcement project: full compliance with EU chemicals law needed

2/21/2023
The Forum on Enforcement’s EU wide project on assessing REACH authorisation duties found that the majority of users of substances of very high concern (SVHC), mainly SMEs, already comply with the authorisation requirement to control risks. Inspectors from 28 European countries checked compliance with REACH authorisation requirements in the Forum REF-9 project. Authorisation applies to substances of very high concern (e.g. substances that cause cancer or are toxic to reproduction or mutagenic), which are included in the authorisation list (Annex XIV) of REACH. These substances may only be used or marketed if companies receive an authorisation from the European Commission for their specific uses. Authorisation is meant to protect workers and the environment while phasing out these highly hazardous substances from the market. We are joined by Eugen Anwander, the Chair of the working group for the project who also represent the enforcement authorities and Maciej Baranski who works in the Harmonised Enforcement Team at the European Chemicals Agency. They share their insights into the results and explain the main recommendations and follow-up actions. More Authorities and ECHA push for compliance with authorisation duties - news, 8 March 2023 REF-9 project report on enforcement of compliance with REACH authorisation obligations - PDF document Forum enforcement projects - official webpage ************** Give us feedback">Give us feedback Subscribe to our YouTube channel">Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast">Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast Subscribe to our news">Subscribe to our news Follow us on: *Twitter">Twitter *Facebook">Facebook *LinkedIn">LinkedIn Visit our website">Visit our website

Duration:00:31:05

What we know about (bio)degradation and safety by design of nanomaterials

12/12/2022
In this episode we focus on nanomaterials, and more specifically, on how they persist in the environment and how their safety should be considered already when the products are being designed. Nanomaterials have different properties than larger materials. Producing them opens new opportunities in many fields - but they may also have different effects on our health and the environment than larger forms. The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials, also known as EUON, recently concluded a study looking at what tools are available for assessing the biodegradation of nanomaterials, and how these can be used for regulatory processes. The study also looked at the 'Safe by design' concept for nanomaterials, and if and how safety considerations are introduced when designing and developing products and processes. You will hear three experts discussing the topic: Dr Richard Cross, an Ecotoxicologist from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology who is an expert on biodegradation. He has a particular interest in the fate and behaviours of engineered nanomaterials, microplastics and nanoplastics and how this relates to their biological interactions. Dr Socorro Vázquez-Campos who is the lead of the Human and Environmental Health & Safety Group at LEITAT Technological Centre in Barcelona. She leads an EU project that aims to develop a platform to guide the Safe by Design concept for nanomaterials. Virginia Rodriguez Unamuno, a Scientific Officer from the European Chemicals Agency who will talk us through the study and its findings. Full episode transcript EUON website More: Nanomaterials’ (bio)degradation, persistence, and safe by design (SbD) examined in a recent study - news, 12 December 2022 Report ************** Give us feedback Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast Subscribe to our news Follow us on: *Twitter *Facebook *LinkedIn Visit our website

Duration:00:32:19

Limiting lead use for outdoor shooting and fishing: Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committees

12/7/2022
Our scientific committees have had their last meetings of the year and in this episode we cover the outcomes of the Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis committees. Tim, the Chair of the Risk Assessment Committee and Maria who chairs the Socio-Economic Analysis Committee join us. We talk about the restriction of lead ammunition for hunting and outdoor sports shooting and lead used in fishing tackle. Here, the Socio-Economic Analysis Committee adopted its opinion on the costs and benefits and the Risk Assessment Committee carried out a further analysis of data from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the risks from ingesting lead through game meat. Also on the agenda were the restriction of Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in clay targets for shooting and an opinion on occupational exposure limits for cobalt and inorganic cobalt compounds. Tim also talks us through setting a derived no-effect level for DOTE to protect workers, a chemical which is on the REACH Authorisation List of substances of very high concern. What the committees do The two committees prepare scientific opinions that are used by the European Commission and EU member states when deciding how chemical risks need to be controlled. They are made up of scientists from EU Member States and have observers from EU organisations that represent different sectors and interests. Related episodes: Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committees: Cancer-causing PAHs in clay targets need an EU-wide ban Full episode transcript Give us feedback More ECHA’s scientific committees support limiting lead use for outdoor shooting and fishingHighlights from December RAC and SEAC meetingsRisk Assessment CommitteeSocio-Economic Analysis Committee ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channelSubscribe to our Safer Chemicals PodcastSubscribe to our news Follow us on: TwitterFacebookLinkedIn Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:32:10

Biocidal Products Committee: Rodent traps can be effective at controlling house mice infestations

11/29/2022
This episode gives you the highlights from the November meeting of our Biocidal Products Committee. Our guest is the Chair of the Committee, Erik van de Plassche. The main topic of the episode is the comparative assessment of anticoagulant rodenticides. We cover the main points of discussion and motivation for the committee’s opinion. We also discuss the guidance on analysis of alternatives that was on the agenda for agreement, most interesting opinions on active substance approval and hear how the committee is planning to harmonise and streamline its processes to get ready for the future work load. For more background, you can listen to our previous episodes where the comparative assessment of anticoagulant rodenticides were discussed: Biocidal Products Committee: Sulphur dioxide, iodine & anticoagulant rodenticides Highlights from the December 2021 Biocidal Products Committee More: Rodent traps can be effective at controlling house mice infestations - news, 29 November 2022 Biocidal Products Committee Background The Committee prepares scientific opinions for the European Commission on biocidal active substances and on EU-wide authorisations of biocidal products. Full episode transcript ************** Give us feedback Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast Subscribe to our news Follow us on: *Twitter *Facebook *LinkedIn Visit our website

Duration:00:31:26

EU enforcement project to focus on imported products: Enforcement Forum November highlights

11/15/2022
Katja Vom Hofe, the Chair of the Enforcement Forum joins us to shed light on the discussions of the Forum in their November meeting. We talk about: Next EU-wide REACH enforcement project to focus on imported products - ECHA news, 16 November 2022 More: Report on the pilot project on cooperation with customs in enforcement of REACH restrictions and CLP labellingForum enforcement projectsEnforcement ForumMeeting agendas Background The Forum and the BPRS are a network of enforcement authorities from the EU and EEA. They are responsible for coordinating the enforcement of REACH, CLP, PIC, POPs and BPR chemicals legislation. Their aim is to protect peoples’ health and the environment while ensuring a level playing field for companies on the EU market. The Forum met on 7-11 November and the BPRS on 16 November. The next Forum and BPRS meetings takes place in March 2023. Full episode transcript ************** Give u s feedback Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast Subscribe to our news Follow us on: *Twitter *Facebook *LinkedIn Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:18:19

Biocidal Products Committee: Sulphur dioxide, iodine & anticoagulant rodenticides

10/5/2022
Highlights from the September 2022 meeting of our Biocidal Products Committee. Our guest is Erik van de Plassche, the Chair of the Committee. We talk about: Active substance approvals Properties that lead to meeting exclusion or substitution criteriaSulphur dioxideOzoneMecetronium ethyl sulphate Requests from the European Commission Iodine and PVP-iodine anticoagulant rodenticides and our previous Union authorisations active chlorine What the Biocidal Products Committee does The Committee prepares scientific opinions for the European Commission on biocidal active substances and on EU-wide authorisations of biocidal products. More Biocidal Products Committee Highlights from September BPC meeting - ECHA news, 5 October 2022 Full episode transcript ************** Give us feedback ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast Subscribe to our news Follow us on: *Twitter *Facebook *LinkedIn Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:31:55

Cancer-causing PAHs in clay targets need an EU-wide ban: Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committees' highlights

9/20/2022
Tim Bowmer and Maria Ottati, Chairs of our committees for risk assessment and socio-economic analysis join us to share the highlights from their September meetings. On the agenda: Restricting polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in clay targets for shooting Restriction of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT) Listen Nine opinions of the Risk Assessment Committee on the harmonised classification and labelling for several borate salts Update on the proposed restriction of lead in outdoor shooting and fishing - consultation comments received and next steps Listen Tim and Maria walk us through the committees' opinions and how they reached their conclusions. What the committees do The two committees prepare scientific opinions that are used by the European Commission and EU member states when deciding how chemical risks need to be controlled. They are made up of scientists from EU Member States and have observers from EU organisations that represent different sectors and interests. Full episode transcript Give us feedback More Cancer-causing PAHs in clay targets need an EU-wide banRisk Assessment CommitteeSocio-Economic Analysis Committee ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channelSubscribe to our Safer Chemicals PodcastSubscribe to our news Follow us on: TwitterFacebookLinkedIn Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:29:10

OECD – 50 years of improving chemical safety worldwide

6/23/2022
In 2022, the Chemicals Programme of the OECD – the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – celebrates its 50th anniversary. The aim of the programme has been to improve chemical safety worldwide. In this episode, we’ll speak with Bob Diderich, Head of the Environment, Health and Safety Division of the OECD. We first have a look back and reflect on some of the successes of the organisation before going into more details on what still needs to be done to further harmonise chemicals assessment across the world. But we also discuss the challenge of animal testing that is common to many OECD countries and how the road towards wider acceptance of alternative methods might look. Full episode transcript Give us feedback ************** Subscribe to our YouTube channel Subscribe to our Safer Chemicals Podcast Subscribe to our news Follow us on: *Twitter *Facebook *LinkedIn Visit our website Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

Duration:00:28:39