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GHS deadline for mixtures in Thailand

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B.E. 2555 "Hazard Classifications and Communication System of Hazardous Substances" (also known as Thailand GHS) was implemented in 2012 by the Ministry of Industry of Thailand. A phased implementation period is drawing to a close and as of 13 March 2017, both substance and mixtures must be classified according to B.E.2555 (based on the 3rd revision of GHS). Consequently, companies may need to update their SDS and labels to meet the new requirements for mixtures.

If you would like to know more about the recent changes in Thailand, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our regulatory team >> or attend our training course on Asia Pacific >>.

Published: Wednesday 8th March 2017

Alex Paul

Dr Alex Paul's article on The REACH Centre's data sharing experience features in the ECHA newsletter this week.

"On 26 January 2016, the European Commission's Implementing Regulation on data sharing entered into force. Together with ECHA's new data-sharing guidance, this gave joint registrants and particularly small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) clear instructions on what information they can expect and legally request from lead registrants. Perhaps even more importantly, it confirmed that they do not have to accept or agree to the existing data-sharing agreement if they do not believe it is 'fair, transparent and non-discriminatory'..."

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Published: Friday 17th February 2017

Carbon news article Feb 2017

As the demand for our various scientific services has increased over the years, we've increased our resources and we now have a team of eight highly experienced chemists working at The REACH Centre, many with backgrounds in the pharmaceutical and specialty chemical sectors. Last year, we successfully characterised over 100 different substances for REACH!

A significant proportion of the substances we are asked to characterise are highly complex and we've developed a successful and robust approach to tackling these cases. Examples include more than 40 substances from the oil sector (oils and waxes, some containing additives), 15 plant-derived essential oils, over 50 colorants (organic dyes and pigments), 30 complex inorganic substances (including a number of minerals) and a varied range of over 30 ionic and non-ionic surfactants and fatty acid esters.

At the other end of the complexity spectrum are the elemental substances and we've characterised lots of these too including magnesium, copper, cobalt, selenium, neodymium, silver and gold. Usually, the process is relatively straightforward but there are challenges to contend with, even here. Carbon is a good example. Some of the more interesting cases The REACH Centre has encountered have involved the different forms of this element. We've characterised many of them now, including carbon black, synthetic graphite and diamond and we've also looked at some of the more highly engineered forms including nanomaterials and surface-modified species. The difference between certain forms of carbon can be very subtle and the approach to characterising them needs careful consideration. Many forms of carbon have now been fully registered, including carbon black, activated carbon, diamond, carbon nanotubes, graphite and graphene. If one of these is on your list for 2018, let us help you with substance identity and sameness.

In some cases, the physical morphology of a substance may be an important characteristic or even a key substance identifier. Examples include cuboidal zeolite, and single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes. The characterisation of these substances requires additional tests such as particle size analysis and microscopy as well the more usual chemical tests.

If you intend to make a registration in the run up to the 2018 deadline, whatever your substance, we can help you fulfill your regulatory obligations.

Here you can have a discussion with our experts about characterisation service >>

Published: Thursday 16th February 2017

Chemical Watch Biocides USA 2017

29-30 March 2017, San Francisco, USA

CW Biocides USA 2017

Dr Rosalinda Gioia, Managing Regulatory Scientist and Siobhan Murphy, Senior Regulatory Scientist from The REACH Centre will be attending Chemical Watch's Biocides USA conference. The conference takes place on 29 - 30 March 2017 in San Francisco, USA.

The March 2017 event is the the third annual Biocides USA conference from Chemical Watch's BiocidesHub. The conference will focus not only on USA biocidal legislation but also aspects of biocides legislation in the EU, Asia and Latin America.

Siobhan will also be giving a presentation on 'Treated Articles in the USA and the EU' on Day 1 of the conference, which will include an overview of the two systems and a comparison of the key points.

Come and join us to develop essential biocidal knowledge to make sure your organisation adapts and succeed in the complex and evolving biocidal regulatory landscape.

For more detailed information or to book your place please go to

Here you can find more about The REACH Centre's Biocides Services >>

Published: Wednesday 8th February 2017

Free Guidance Launched for Offshore Chemicals

Free guidance on chemical registration under OSPAR HMCS

OSPAR guide

The REACH Centre has published a useful guide to assist chemical suppliers and offshore operators who need to register their substances under the OSPAR Harmonised Mandatory Control System (HMCS) for the Use and Reduction of the Discharge of Offshore Chemicals.

Companies intending to register their chemicals for use in offshore petroleum and gas activities in the North Sea are required to submit a Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Form (HOCNF) to notify chemical products which will include hazard data derived using test protocols approved by OSPAR Offshore Industry Committee (OIC) relating to toxicity, persistence and bioaccumulation in the marine environment. Offshore chemicals are subject to other regulatory requirements other than OSPAR such as REACH and BPR.

Containing definitions and processes, the free guide provides a handy overview and helps affected companies to comply with the two different regulatory schemes.

The guide is complemented by The REACH Centre's free webinars which highlight the fundamental aspects of both regulatory regimes, their terminology, application and evaluation process.

To register for the free webinar go to

Find out more about The REACH Centre's OSPAR Services >> and OSPAR HMCS Training courses

Published: Thursday 14th July 2016