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Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit

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Role of the Unit

The role of the Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit is to formulate policy on regulating chemicals and includes:

Latest News

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) public consultation on proposed restriction on cadium in artists' paints.

ECHA is currently considering a proposal to restrict cadmium and its compounds in artists’ paints. The proposed restriction concerns the placing on the market and use of cadmium and its compounds in artists’ paints (TARIC code 3213), and pigments (TARIC code 3212) that could be used for the manufacture of artists’ paints.

Submissions can be made to ECHA before 19th September 2014 at the latest, but preferably before 29 May.

Further details are available on the website of the European Chemicals Agency.

Proposal being considered by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to modify the existing restriction on cadmium and its compounds in paints and varnishes.

A proposal being considered by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to modify the existing restriction on cadmium and its compounds in paints and varnishes. Currently the intentional addition of cadmium and its compounds to paints and varnishes is restricted.

The proposal will modify the existing restriction so that the unintentional addition of cadmium and its compounds (which can occur as an impurity) to paints and varnishes will be restricted. In addition, a limit value is being introduced in order to improve the enforceability of the restriction.

Submissions can be made to the European Chemicals Agency before 17th June 2014. Further information is available on the ECHA website.

In addition, the Health and Safety Authority have prepared a background document and they can be contacted at chemicals@hsa.ie if you require further assistance.

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 2013

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has made the following Statutory Instrument – “Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 2013, (S.I. No. 572 of 2013)”.

These Regulations transpose Directive 2000/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 September 2000 on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work. This is a codified Directive which repealed and replaced Council Directive 90/679/EEC of 26 November, 1990, as amended.

European Union (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has made the following Statutory Instrument – “European Union (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 571 of 2013)

These Regulations amend the "European Communities (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances) Regulations 2006" (S.I. No. 74 of 2006) in order to transpose Article 30 of the "Seveso III" Directive 2012/18/EU. Article 30 of that Directive concerns heavy fuel oils.

Other News

For older news please see our Archived Updates and Notifications page.

Useful links

Useful Links and Information:

www.hsa.ie

www.echa.europa.eu

eChemPortal

www.europarl.europa.eu/en/headlines

DG Enterprise and Industry REACH pages

DG Environment REACH pages

Euractiv chemicals policy review

European Chemicals Industry Council (CEFIC)

IBEC and Pharmachemical Ireland REACH pages

Rotterdam Convention

Structure of Unit

Margaret Lawlor

(Assistant Principal)

Cliona Ryan

(Administrative Officer)

Seamus McCarthy

(Clerical Officer)

Last modified: 26/03/2014

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Contact this Unit

Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit,
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,
Room 400 Davitt House,
Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.
Fax: 00 353 1 631 3263

E-mail: chemicals@djei.ie

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