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Analysis of Alternatives is gaining importance in Europe

July 24, 2020 by Olivia Tran

Olivia Tran recently completed an ECHA training course on ‘analysis of alternatives’ (AoA) for hazardous substances. AoA is required to support applications for substance Restriction and Authorisation under REACH but…
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ECHA report on alternatives to in vivo testing

July 8, 2020 by Rhiannon Smith

In June, ECHA issued a report to the European Commission on progress under the REACH regulation on the reduction of in vivo testing. The report discusses aspects which have been implemented by…
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REACH registration dossiers: Grouping speeds up the evaluation process

July 6, 2020 by Sylwia Kosmala-Grzechnik

The second report on Integrated Regulatory Strategy, entitled ‘Grouping speeds up regulatory action’, released recently by ECHA, provides an update on the current status of registration dossiers evaluations…
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ECHA SME verification

June 19, 2020 by Rhiannon Smith

One of the topics discussed in the draft motion for a resolution on chemicals strategy for sustainability published in February was requests for further support for SMEs to comply with chemical legislation.
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The future of the EU chemicals strategy

June 17, 2020 by Rhiannon Smith

Last week, the EU parliament’s environment committee held a meeting to discuss the draft motion for a resolution, which lists the aims and considerations which the parliament want included…
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SETAC SciCon

June 1, 2020 by Graham Merrington

wca participated in the SciCON SETAC’s 30th Annual European meeting between May the 3rd and 7th of May 2020. We were involved with presentations and posters on metals on the development…
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Update on COVID-19

May 15, 2020 by Dean Leverett

In my previous blog on how wca are coping with the Covid-19 outbreak, I promised further blog updates as the situation developed. I am pleased to report that during the UK’s…
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Statement on COVID-19

March 17, 2020 by Dean Leverett

At this difficult and testing time for everyone, I thought it might be useful to highlight the arrangements that wca are putting in place to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.
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Market Research for Authorisation under REACH

March 3, 2020 by Ed Stutt

ECHA has recently published a report based on a project conducted by wca at the end of last year. Working in collaboration with ECHA, Olivia and I carried out market…
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Draft Regulation sets strict deadlines for registrants to update their REACH registration dossiers

February 10, 2020 by Sylwia Kosmala-Grzechnik

ECHA’s concerns that companies are not keeping their REACH registrations up to date has led to the drafting of an Implementing Regulation, setting out a deadline of 3 months for…
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Conference on Current Issues in Contaminated Land

January 15, 2020 by Ed Stutt

At the end of 2019 I attended a conference on Current Issues in Contaminated Land hosted by theRoyal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Brownfield Risk…
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10 years at wca

January 13, 2020 by Rhiannon Smith

At the start of a new year, and a new decade, it is a time for reflecting on the past and looking to the future. As we return at the…
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Ecolabelling in the UK after Brexit

January 18, 2019 by Olivia Tran

The UK’s plan for ecolabelling after Brexit was briefly discussed in the Resources and Waste Strategy, published in December 2018. In summary, the UK will consider options…
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Rinse-off Cosmetic Ecolabels: Lessons Learned

August 7, 2017 by Olivia Tran

Since the Ecolabel criteria for rinse-off cosmetics were updated in December 2014, wca have prepared and submitted a number of new applications for clients. Our experience with the …
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The importance of the Ecolabel in a Circular Economy

April 19, 2016 by Olivia Tran

The Ecolabel is a voluntary programme in the EU that identifies products and services with reduced environmental impact. There are 32 Ecolabel categories, including rinse-off cosmetics (e.g. soaps and shampoos),…
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