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UN Secretary-General emphasizes importance of international negotiations about chemical pollution

UN Secretary-General emphasizes importance of international negotiations about chemical pollution

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed “the State of the Planet” and made an urgent appeal for a course correction to avert a climate catastrophe. In his speech, he referred to the negotiations about the framework on chemicals and waste after 2020, noting this is an important part of the solution towards healing our planet. He highlighted that according to the World Health Organization, sound chemicals management could prevent at least 1.6 million deaths per year. He urged to focus not only on the terrestrial but also on the marine environments when reducing chemical pollution. ICTA participates in the global negotiations about the future framework on chemicals and waste. See here

Israel in process of developing chemical regulation

Israel in process of developing chemical regulation

In Israel the use of industrial chemicals is only partially regulated. It now wishes to close the gap with the other advanced countries when it comes to information about chemicals and risk prevention. A law is being developed which intends to:
- Establish a chemical inventory 
- Require performance of a risk assessment for selected chemicals
- Restrict the use of certain chemicals and/or exposure to them.

The proposal is now open for public consultation, see here.

After deadline passes, only limited options for pre-registration exist in Turkey

After deadline passes, only limited options for pre-registration exist in Turkey

Turkey’s equivalent to the EU’s REACH regulation, the KKDIK, entered into force late 2017. The pre-registration deadline under KKDIK was 31 December 2020, and the registration deadline is set for December 31, 2023, without consideration to the tonnage band. Companies that missed the pre-registration deadline for substances already on the Turkish market were required to stop manufacturing or importing those substances beginning January 1, 2021. A late pre-registration is still allowed until 31 December 2023 for substances manufactured in Turkey, or imported into the country for the first time by a company, at one metric ton or more. More than 22,000 substances have been pre-registered. See here and the ICTA substance regulation overview here.