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EU REACH standards and regulations

In 2019, the European Union issued the latest environmental regulations. Lihang Testing has always paid attention to the updates of environmental regulations to better serve business friends and provide the latest information. I will give you a detailed answer below about the environmental protection regulations issued in 2019.

On June 12, 19, EU officially issued Regulation (EU) 2019/957, amendedREACH standardAppendix XVII List of Restricted Substances, new Article 73 concerning (3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,8-Tridecafluorooctyl)silantriol and its Restrictions on mono, di, or trioxo (alkyl) derivatives (TDFAs). Since January 2, 21, spray products containing organic solvent mixtures containing the substance ≥ 2ppb cannot be put on the market alone or in any combination. Here, "spray products" refer to aerosol sprays, pump sprays, trigger sprays and other spray applications for protection and immersion.

The EU published a proposal for the FCM Cooperative Management Plan on May 17, 19, which proposed a strategy for EU member states to strengthen market surveillance activities for various substances and multiple contact materials in the next few months. It mainly evaluates the compliance of the EU Food Contact Material Framework Regulations (EC) No 1935/2004, Food Contact Plastic Products Regulations (EU) No 10/2011 and other applicable regulations on the material movement/release requirements. The collaborative management plan cycle runs from June 1, 2019 to the end of the year, and the evaluation results will be reported to the European Commission on February 29, 2020.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a final rule on restricting and stopping the use of asbestos. According to the definition in Chapter 202 of Title II of the United States Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), asbestos includes chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. The scope of restricted use of asbestos includes adhesives, sealants, coatings, cement products and other product categories and other uses not prohibited by TSCA. Individuals and companies planning to produce, import or process asbestos for these purposes must submit a notification to the EPA 90 days in advance to assess potential risks. This final rule takes effect on June 24, 2019.

On May 16, 2019, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued two guidance documents "Current Status of US EPA Formaldehyde Regulations and Comparison with CARB Regulations" and "CARB and US EPA on Reduction of Formaldehyde Release in Composite Wood Products" Comparison of core requirements of TSCA Title VI regulations. According to previous guidelines, CARB will receive composite wood panels and finished products that comply with the TSCA Title VI logo. The latter standard provides a comparison table of CARB and EPA core requirements. It is worth noting that both guidelines point out that the requirements of CARB and EPA are inconsistent, and California's composite wood panels and products should meet the more stringent requirements. 5. Update of Columbia battery regulations

On April 16, 2018, the Colombian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Travel issued a new battery regulation "Resolution 0721-2018", which replaced the previous regulation "Resolution 0172-2012". The main changes involve testing laboratories, testing standards, labeling requirements, etc. Among them, hazardous substances in batteries are required to remain intact. The maximum allowable levels of mercury, cadmium, and lead in carbon-zinc batteries and alkaline batteries are 0.0005% (5 ppm), 0.002% (20 ppm), and 0.200% (2000 ppm) respectively. The new law officially took effect in January 2019, and now the Colombian government has decided to postpone it until July 2019.