Some of our team here at Enviresearch recently attended the Chemical Watch’s annual Biocides Europe conference, which was held virtually on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd December 2020. It brought together leading figures from industry, member state competent and regulatory authorities, as well as the European Commission and Echa.
Barry Brogan recently joined the regulatory affairs team as our Regulatory Efficacy Consultant and brings extensive experience in the management of efficacy trial programmes for plant protection products, as well as the summarising of efficacy data into regulatory documents.
Prior to joining Enviresearch Barry managed a busy contract research office in the UK, working on efficacy trial programmes for agrochemical companies across the full range of plant protection product types. Through this experience Barry has developed significant expertise in the design of efficient and successful efficacy field trial programmes, as well as a thorough understanding of the requirements relating to efficacy data under Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009. Further to this, Barry has over twenty years experience working on ecological and agricultural research projects, in both academic and private sector settings, gaining a broad range of skills in field research management, data analysis and scientific report writing.
Barry will be developing and expanding our efficacy services here at Enviresearch, offering our clients a full support service around their efficacy needs, from the design and commission of trials using trusted contract research partners across the EU, to the submission of efficacy data in biological assessment dossiers and draft registration reports.
REACH Responsibilities After the Brexit Transition Period
The UK has left the EU, and is currently in a transition period which will come to an end on 31 December 2020. After this period the United Kingdom will implement its own independent chemicals regulatory framework ‘UK REACH’. This will mean that for market access in the EU and UK, separate registrations will be needed for substances under both (EU) REACH and UK REACH. The UK government has provided updated guidance on the measures needed for registrations under the new UK REACH system.
As the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement transition period nears its end, the UK government has published updated guidance on complying with the new UK REACH regulation Under UK REACH, manufactures and importers will have a duty to register chemicals that are produced, distributed or sold in the UK. This change means companies should review their substance registrations and roles in chemical supply chains to ensure continued compliance in the UK and/or the EU where separate registrations will be needed.
New revision of the renewal Regulation published: Regulation (EU) 2020/1740; entry into force from 27 March 2021.
An important new requirement set in article 7 of this Regulation is “The application for renewal shall be submitted via the central submission system using IUCLID software package”
With the on-going public health crisis that has arisen from the Covid-19 pandemic, the availability of hand sanitisers is playing an important role in fighting the spread of the disease. With the huge increase in demand that is now being witnessed for hand sanitizers, it has rarely been more important to ensure that such products can be readily brought to market to help prevent supply shortages.
As a means of improving the availability of hand sanitisers on the UK market, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has utilised Article 55 of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) which enables them to make short term derogations to the requirements for product authorisations in situations of public health emergencies.
Under this derogation, propan-2-ol hand sanitisers do not require authorisation according to the BPR in order to be placed on the UK market. A derogation certificate can be obtained for these products from HSE, on the condition that they meet the WHO formulation requirements.