AUSTRALIANICNAS Releases New Tool For Categorizing Polymers: The June 7, 2016, issue of the NICNAS Bulletin includes an item announcing a new tool for polymers. The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) invites stakeholders to try the new polymer categorization tool, which NICNAS developed to help users understand how the health and environment hazards of polymers would be categorized in Australia under proposed NICNAS reforms. NICNAS states that the reforms "propose a more risk-based and proportionate approach to the regulation of new polymers, which aligns NICNAS requirements more closely with the regulatory schemes of Canada and the United States."Australia Publishes 18th Tranche of IMAP Assessments: NICNAS published for public comment the 18th tranche of human health and environmental assessments for chemicals identified as part of the Stage One implementation of the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritization (IMAP) Framework. NICNAS … [Read more...] about New Tool For Categorizing Polymers, Canada Announces Future CMP Activities, OECD, WTO: Top International News in Chemical Policy and Regulation July 12, 2016.
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EUROPEAN UNION (EU)SCHEER Will Develop Scientific Opinion On Aluminum Migration Limits For Toys: The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) will develop a scientific opinion on the tolerable intake of aluminum “with regards to adapting the [migration limits for toys].” This measure is in response to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Committee of Food Additives (JECFA) establishing lower tolerable intake levels for aluminum than those used in the Toy Safety Directive.SCHEER has been requested: ■ To review currently available data on the toxicity of aluminum, taking into account the different tolerable intake levels for aluminum established by EFSA in 2008 and JECFA in 2011; and ■ To advise on a tolerable intake level for aluminum based on most … [Read more...] about Top International News in Chemical Policy and Regulation – January 27, 2017: Europe
Oil and gas in East Africa has long been overshadowed by the successes enjoyed by North and West African states. Anadarko’s gas discoveries of between 35 to 65 Tcf of recoverable gas in Mozambique and Tullow Oil’s discovery of 1.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil in Lake Victoria, Uganda, have made East Africa one of the most exciting new provinces for oil and gas exploration and development. Those discoveries have attracted majors such as Exxon, Statoil and Total, large NOCs like CNOOC and ONGC, and have catapulted some independent oil and gas players like Cove Energy and Ophir Energy into the major league.The discovery of world-class sized reserves in East Africa has resulted in increased deal activity. This is both as a result of new licensing rounds, such as the launch of the 4th licensing round in Tanzania in October 2013, and as a result of greater M&A activity. There have been a growing number of transactions recently, as existing participants in East Africa … [Read more...] about East Africa – Realising the Potential – Oil and Gas Development