The importance of the Ecolabel in a Circular Economy

October 6, 2015 by Olivia Tran

The Ecolabel is a voluntary programme in the EU that identifies products and services with reduced environmental impact. There…

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Updated UK REACH guidance

October 27, 2020 by Olivia Tran

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published detailed guidance to comply with UK REACH.
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Perspectives on Relevancy Assessment for Non Standard Ecotoxicity Data in Environment Quality Standard derivation: Examples for Diclofenac

October 15, 2020 by Graham Merrington

Graham, Adam and Dean have just published the paper "Perspectives on Relevancy Assessment for Non Standard Ecotoxicity Data in Environment Quality Standard derivation:…
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Demonstrating the Reliability of Bio‐Met for Determining Compliance with Environmental Quality Standard (EQS) for Metals in Europe

October 5, 2020 by Adam Peters

Adam and Graham have been working with colleagues in Arche Consulting, NiPERA, IZA and ECI to evaluate the reliability of the simplified metal bioavailability tool…
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Deriving a bioavailability-based zinc environmental quality standard for France

September 24, 2020 by Graham Merrington

wca and colleagues at the International Zinc Association have derived a bioavailability-based zinc EQS for France following recently updated European Technical…
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New guidance on UK REACH

September 4, 2020 by Olivia Tran

Defra published new guidance on UK REACH on 1 September. The new framework will be administered by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and will come into effect on 1…
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Implications for the EU Ecolabel in the UK after Brexit: an update

August 12, 2020 by Olivia Tran

New EU guidance for products with the EU Ecolabel awarded by the UK Competent Authority, no indication for a national product ecolabelling scheme in the UK post-Brexit
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Preparing for UK REACH

August 7, 2020 by Becky Marks

With just months to go until the likely implementation of UK REACH, plans are being made to prepare for the new system. Companies are focussed on understanding how UK…
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Genotoxicity testing – combined in vivo micronucleus and comet assays

July 28, 2020 by Kate Roylance

ECHA’s Member State Committee has recently confirmed that a combined in vivo comet assay (OECD 489) and micronucleus test (OECD 474) will be considered as one study for…
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Analysis of Alternatives is gaining importance in Europe

July 24, 2020 by Olivia Tran

Analysis of Alternatives has a key role to play in safer chemicals and the Circular Economy.
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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 how REACH registrants are applying alternatives to in vivo testing.
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.
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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…
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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, Ed and Olivia 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…
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Conference on Current Issues in Contaminated Land

January 15, 2020 by Ed Stutt

At the end of 2019 Ed attended a conference on Current Issues in Contaminated Land hosted by the Royal 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 start of 2020, both Becky and…
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