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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.

Updated ADR 2021 now truly has global outlook

Updated ADR 2021 now truly has global outlook

The ADR intends to increase the safety of international transport of dangerous goods by road. It has been regularly amended and updated since its entry into force in 1968. The most recent version has been prepared on the basis of amendments applicable as from 1 January 2021. Until now, the formal title of ADR was the "European Agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road (ADR)". In this new edition the word European is removed to acknowledge the global status of ADR and as an encouragement to all UN Member States to join and fully implement it. See here.

     
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ICTA stresses importance of preventing diversion in chemical supply chains

ICTA stresses importance of preventing diversion in chemical supply chains

The G7 Global Partnership has revised its strategic vision to focus more on chemical weapons, a global culture of chemical security, capacity building and working with industry to raise awareness. In his role as chair of the Chemical Security Working Group, the representative of the Department of Homeland Security stressed the need to engage industry effectively. At that moment, however, ICTA was the only chemical industry representative in the room. It was noted that evidence shows Syria exploited weak links in international supply chains to source substances for their chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction program.

During the meetings the OPCW advised that their program and budget for 2019 had been approved. OPCW is recruiting for ten new posts to support the new work plan. There is broad support for OPCW’s work on verification, national implementation and terrorism, but some political divisions remain as key questions. There was for instance a perception that some members of OPCW sought to block effective OPCW action in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria and UK (Salisbury). Verification planning in Syria is ongoing, but the planned work budget currently has a €800k shortfall. OPCW is also looking to fund cyber security, business continuity and physical infrastructure.

The EU gave a presentation stating that CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) threats are real. Internet terrorist propaganda and handbooks are spreading quickly, despite counter efforts. The attack in Salisbury was an eye opener at EU level. It has triggered actions to strengthen resilience to attacks with chemical weapons. The EU has therefore launched a CBRN Centre of Excellence initiative with €156m funding to build capacity. The EU is also developing a common list of threat chemicals, which it has almost finalized and is based primarily on the USA CBRN list. The EU’s next steps is to intensify dialogue with private actors in the precursor supply chain. The EU also wants to improve detection technology and first response capabilities.

On behalf of ICTA, Peter Newport welcomed the redevelopment of an EU list of threat chemicals. He pointed out that the existing list is based on risk perception, not science. He expressed the importance of taking a scientific approach when composing the new list and the importance of sharing the new list with industry. Without information sharing, there can be no effective control of listed substances. It became clear that the EU still concentrates on post supply chain diversion detection technologies, instead of on preventing the diversion in the first place. Meetings have been held with detector technology and equipment vendors, but not yet with chemical vendors. ICTA has expressed its firm belief that the focus should be on preventing diversion.

ICTA will continue to be involved with chemical security in 2019. Chemical security events in Bangladesh and Brussels (for EU & Turkey) took place and are expected to take place in March respectively.

The official report can be found here.