REACH: six chemical dangerous substances to be phased out by the EU

Six substances of very high concern will be banned within the next three to five years unless authorization has been granted to individual companies for their use. These substances are carcinogenic, toxic for reproduction, or persist in the environment and accumulate in living organisms. Operators wishing to sell or use these substances will need to demonstrate that the required safety measures have been taken to adequately control the risks, or that the benefits for the economy and society outweigh the risks. Where feasible alternative substances or techniques exist, a timetable for substitution will also have to be submitted. Today’s Commission decision follows the successful first phase of registration and notification of chemicals (see IP/10/1632, IP/11/2). It is part of REACH, Europe’s initiative to make the use of chemicals safer.

European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship said: “Today’s decision is an example of the successful implementation of REACH and of how sustainability can be combined with competitiveness. It will encourage industry to develop alternatives and foster innovation.”

EURO-zone has expanded

On 1 January 2011, the euro will become legal tender in Estonia, replacing the Estonian kroon at the irrevocably fixed exchange rate of €1 = EEK 15.6466.

Commission opens gateway to China for European small and medium size enterprises

Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, has launched the Centre for European Union Small and Medium Enterprises (EU SME Centre) in Beijing on 5 November. Funded by the European Commission, this new venture will provide information, advice, training and matchmaking opportunities for European SMEs wishing to export to or invest in the Chinese market.

Medical Devices CE Documentation Kit

Looking for CE Marking a medical device? The process starts with reading the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EC) and by applying the requirements written there. This can be a tedious process, because the text of the Medical Devices Directive has been amended several times. For your convenience we have a compiled a kit of important documents that you require in order to CE Mark medical devices.

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Risk Assessment Guide

At the very core of the CE marking for machinery is the risk assessment. Manufacturers are allowed to do the risk assessment themselves. It is even highly recommendable to do it, because it provides for a excellent insight in the safety level of the machinery. But how to conduct the risk assessment?
The Risk Assessment Guide explains a standardized methodology for hazard identification and risk analysis and risk evaluation. This methodology is very practical: it is used by our own experts. The Guide also includes the checklist for the hazard identification, and a template to record the risk analysis and evaluation. As a bonus, you’ll receive a copy of the standard for risk assessment for machinery, the EN 14121-1.


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