Category Archives: Environmental Law

EUON Reports on Nordic Information Campaign on REACH-Relevant Regulation for Nanomaterials

On May 23, 2018, the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) published an article entitled “Nordic information campaign on REACH-relevant regulation for nanomaterials.”  According to EUON, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark are coordinating an information campaign through the N-Nano project group of the Nordic Chemical Working Group of the Nordic Council of Ministers.  The goal of the campaign is to develop a web-based tool to provide information on European Union (EU) chemical legislation requirements for nanomaterials, such as preparing a Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registration for nanomaterials.  The tool, which will be available in English, will focus on small- and medium-sized companies that may not have sufficient in-house expertise on regulations covering nanomaterials.  EUON states that the tool is mainly based on the current version of REACH and will include a summary of:….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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ECHA Interviews KEMI Regarding Nano Reporting Requirement

The May 2018 ECHA Newsletter includes an interview with Robert Johansson, Head of the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s (KEMI) Chemical Statistics and Registries Unit.  As reported in our December 7, 2017, blog item, KEMI has established a mandatory reporting scheme to obtain information on the quantities and types of nanomaterials used in Sweden, with the first reports due in February 2019.  According to Johansson, “[t]his information can then provide a basis for making changes to legislation or taking other measures regarding nanomaterials, in areas such as healthcare, the environment or workplace safety.”  The article provides the following list of actors required to notify if their products contain nanomaterials: Professional manufacturers or importers of chemical products and biotechnical organisms; Those who, in their own name, package, repackage, or change the names of chemical products or biotechnical organisms for further distribution; Those….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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NICNAS Case Studies Provide Guide to Categorizing Chemicals under New Scheme

On May 16, 2018, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) announced the availability of six case studies intended to help stakeholders understand how the categorization process for new industrial chemicals will work under the new Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS).  The case studies cover typical scenarios for introducing cosmetic and non-cosmetic new chemicals, and show how introducers would categorize chemicals as exempted or reported under the new scheme.  The case studies include checklists of the information needed for categorization; a summary and walk through of the steps to categorize the chemical introduction; and an explanation of what happens next and a brief comparison for the same introduction under the current legislation.  NICNAS provides the following case studies: Low concentration (non cosmetic); High volume lower hazard (non cosmetic); High molecular weight polymer (non cosmetic);….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Supreme Court Validates Employer’s Right to Require Class and Collective Action Waivers in Employment-Related Arbitration Agreements

The United States Supreme Court ruled today that contracts requiring individualized arbitration of employment-related disputes are enforceable and do not violate Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Background Some employers require their employees to enter into agreements binding the parties to arbitrate employment-related disputes.  In recent years, many of those employers have drafted their mandatory arbitration agreements to prohibit employees from pursuing class or collective actions, which can be costly and eliminate the informality and speed of arbitration.  For example, the plaintiffs in the three cases decided by the Supreme Court today agreed not to pursue unpaid overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on behalf of other employees in class or collective actions. In a reversal of its prior position, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) ruled in 2012 that arbitration agreements including class or collective action….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Report Available on March 2018 EUON Stakeholder Dialogue Meeting

The European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) has posted the workshop report from the March 9, 2018, Stakeholder Dialogue meeting.  According to the report, the annual meeting focused on providing an update on EUON and allowing stakeholders an opportunity to share their views on expectations on the future development of EUON.  During his welcome address, Jukka Malm, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), acknowledged that some stakeholders preferred a mandatory register for nanomaterials instead of an observatory.  Malm reminded stakeholders that the meeting should “focus on how to best work together to make EUON more useful within existing limitations.”  According to Abdel Sumrein, ECHA, EUON intends to launch two databases in June 2018, eNanoMapper and NanoData.  Sumrein described the possible future integration of national inventories on nanomaterials to EUON.  Sumrein stated that studies on pigments and on EU markets are….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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