Volume 48, Number 10

October 2009


INTERNATIONAL

IPCS CICAD on iodine and inorganic iodides
OECD – ‘draft final’ SIARs
Draft OECD guidance on ARfC (acute reference concentration) determinations
Policies and procedures used for updating WHO drinking water guidelines
OECD Guidelines for testing chemicals 

EUROPEAN UNION

REACH back to work after the summer break
…Happy bunnies as EU introduces replacement in vitro test methods for skin irritation
…ECHA consults on substances of very high concern
…Don’t be backward at coming forward; ECHA’s plea to Lead Registrants
Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP)
…Guidance from ECHA
…Harmonised classification and labelling
…Amendment to CLP legislation
Skin sensitization of rosin derivatives – CEFIC group considers ‘read-across’
Toxtree branches out and other QSAR activities blossom at Commission
Draft assessment reports (DARs) on pesticides published by EFSA
EFSA considers cumulative effects of dietary exposure to triazole pesticides
Biocide evaluations available from EC Environment
Food-contact materials evaluated by EFSA
EFSA submission guidelines for intelligent food-contact ingredients and food enzymes
Group flavouring evaluations from EFSA
No lurking in the undergrowth – EFSA issues advice on botanical food supplements

UNITED KINGDOM

COT September deliberations

UNITED STATES

IRIS draft toxicological review issued by EPA for ethyl tert-butyl ether
NTP Report on Carcinogens (RoC) – draft review on formaldehyde
More chemicals reviewed under EPA’s HPV Program
Proposed Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for 20 hazardous substances
Brief encounters with breathtaking near-death experiences
OEHHA PHGs for 1,2-dichlorobenzene, 1,2,3-trichloropropane and hexavalent chromium
Group approach to dioxin risk assessments receives EPA scrutiny
EPA tolerance exemption established for another inert pesticide ingredient
FDA GRAS status of four food ingredients
Probabilistic methods in risk assessments assessed by EPA

REST OF THE WORLD

Screening assessments from Health Canada and Environment Canada
NICNAS – Full Public Reports on 1,3-cyclohexanedimethanol and ADK STAB PEP-36
RIVM risk assessment approach for substances in food  

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