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Announcement

GPC joined hands with Auxilife

We are delighted to announce that Global Product Compliance (GPC) has joined hands with Auxilife Scientific Services Pvt. Ltd. as a part of the recent acquisition by GPC on the 1st of July 2020.

This alliance will strengthen our existing resources and expand our global presence in the agrochemical sector. We will now be able to comprehensively support your aspiration in different countries/regions for agrochemical regulatory compliance.

This teaming up strengthens GPC and Auxilife’s expertise, skills, and global reach across sectors:

  • Complete regulatory compliance for plant protection products, biocides, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, food, and feed additives.
  • Team of experts positioned in India and Germany.
  • Global agrochemical regulatory compliance support.

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Indian legal entity name changed from NSSS Pvt. Ltd. to GPC India.

We are excited to share important news regarding the evolution of our company and if this change will affect any of your on-going or future activities with us.

We are delighted to announce that our Indian Legal Entity has recently changed its registered name from Nagpur Sustainability Support Services Private Limited (NSSS) to GPC Regulatory India Private Limited (GPC India) as part of the recent acquisition by the Global Regulatory Compliance Holding. The name Global Product Compliance is also an indication of our global presence for supporting your company in different countries/regions for respective chemical regulations.

The new name GPC Regulatory India Private Limited (GPC India) will be officially effective from 1st Oct 2020.

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SSS Europe AB name changed to GPC Europe AB

We are delighted to announce that Sustainability Support Services (SSS) Europe AB has recently changed its registered name to Global Product Compliance (GPC)Europe AB as part of the recent acquisition by the Global Regulatory Compliance Holding.  

The new name GPC Europe AB will be officially effective from 1st July 2020. Wherein,  

No change is applicable on the  

  1. Legal Entity Number 
  1. Bank name and Account Number 
  1. Management, professional team and contact persons for your organization. 

The changes that would be affected are: 

  1. Company Logo gpc_europe     gpc_europe1 
  1. Website changed to gpcgateway.com  
  1. Executives email changed to [email protected]  
  1. LinkedIn page changed to GPC Group 

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News

A Global Overview on the RoHS

The RoHS stands for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances, in specific, applies to electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). It aims to prevent pollution in product design, purchase, and production phases by restricting the use of harmful chemicals such as heavy metals, brominated flame retardants, and phthalates in such products. In the EU/EEA, the RoHS prevents the use of certain chemicals in EEEs above a threshold of 1000 ppm and sets out requirements to be applied by manufacturers, importers, and distributors throughout the supply chain.

Despite its undeniably positive impact, the RoHS is facing several challenges. Among these are RoHS’s repeated inconsistencies with REACH, and its inability to tackle the negative effects on human health and the environment of the global increase in E-waste. The increase is especially detrimental for low- and middle-income countries, which are often involved in the informal recycling and landfilling of E-waste. These issues, however, are being addressed: low- and middle-income countries are adopting legislation on E-waste management, and the EU Green New Deal will involve a review of RoHS aimed at enhancing consistency with REACH.

As of 2020, over 45 jurisdictions outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) consider adopting or already introduced RoHS-like regulations. The following sections introduce the RoHS regulation, and its impacts on the electronics industry, a global overview of the RoHS, and current challenges. This month, the Newsletter team at GPC brings to you a Global Overview on the RoHS and to stay updated on how increased concern over environmental and health impacts of electronics boost the RoHS-like regulations around the world.

Please click here to read our report 'A Global Overview on the RoHS'.

Global Toy Safety Requirement Updates

GPC is delighted to bring you our Newsletter October with a summary of toy regulatory updates around the world and other chemical compliance news.

Toys, both imported and locally manufactured, constitute a significant market for many countries. Over the past decades, many countries have adopted toy safety regulations or reinforced their current regulatory framework. The United States adopted the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in 2008, and the European Union adopted Directive 2009/48/EC on the Safety of Toys in 2009. They were soon followed by the Eurasian Economic Union, which adopted regulation CU TR 008/2011 in 2011. Turkey adopted a regulation based on the EU Directive on Toy Safety in 2016, and India’s Toy Quality Control Order was enacted in early 2020.

In countries where comprehensive toy safety regulations have been adopted, toys are most often subject to a two-tier regulatory framework. First, a legislative act sets out the general obligations placed upon the industry. Public authorities then request an authorised standardisation body to draft detailed safety requirements in the form of standards. For example, the European Union, the United States, and the Eurasian Economic Union all have both a regulation and a set of safety standards.

Regulatory frameworks applicable to toy safety may vary from one jurisdiction to another. They tend, however, to share some common features. Such features typically include a requirement to comply with safety provisions in relation to the toys’ physical, mechanical, electrical, radioactive, flammability-related, and, of course, chemical properties. The latter generally include lists of substances that may not be contained in toys, substances that may be contained under certain concentrations, and migration limits.

Other common features often consist of a requirement for manufacturers to affix warnings, ensure the toys’ traceability, and perform a conformity assessment prior to placing the toys on the market. Conformity assessment may be performed according to various modalities (e.g. self-assessment or third-party assessment) and normally results in the issuance of a declaration of conformity.

Russian Inventory Notification Deadline Extended to 1st August 2020!

Recently in a personal communication with CIS Centre, Russia we got notified that due to the COVID-19 crisis the Russian Inventory Notification Deadline due on 1st May 2020 has been extended 3 more months till 1st August 2020.

Below is the full excerpt of the communication:
On the extension of the deadlines for the submission of information as part of an inventory of chemicals in connection with the spread of COVID-19.

In connection with the transfer of a number of enterprises to remote operation due to the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection and in order to provide industry support measures, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation informs in addition to the letter dated February 17, 2020 No. IM-10702/13 about the extension of the deadlines for submitting information procedures for the inventory of chemicals (including as part of mixtures) in circulation and planned for circulation in the territory of the Russian Federation, until August 1, 2020

With detailed information on the chemical inventory procedure, please familiarize at methodological recommendations http://minpromtorg.gov.ru/common/upload/files/docs/Pismo_EVL_s_metod.rek-mi.pdf ) and on the website of the Association “NP KIC CIS” in the section “Preparation for inventory” (URL: https://ciscenter.org/tabstest/faq.php )

If you are exporting to Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU: Russia, ​Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, & Armenia) and has not yet notified your chemical(s) in the Russian Inventory then SSS within its Russian Legal entity can act as a Nominated Representative (located in the EAEU) for your company, and can free of charge submit your chemical(s) notification.

Please submit your CAS details here and for any specific queries reach out to our Regulatory Expert, Ketki Kulkarni at [email protected]

What happens if you miss this inventory notification deadline?

If your substance is not present in the inventory (notified by someone else) then it will be considered as new and will be subject to the submission of a comprehensive study of the properties with a chemical safety report.

Update on BREXIT from HSE, UK Government

In a private and recent communication from June 2020, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has communicated to GPC (Europe) AB that during this transition period, the UK will remain within the EU-REACH regulatory framework and the UK businesses need to continue to comply with EU REACH in their current roles and in their supply chains. The UK authorities have indicated that, the extent to which the provisions in UK REACH will come into effect at the end of the transition period will largely depend on the outcome of the UK-EU trade deal negotiations. Based on the outcome of negotiations, the authorities might need to change some, or all the provisions and any transitional provisions will give sufficient time span for the companies to comply.

UK-REACH and the UK-REACH IT system ‘Comply with UK-REACH’ are not in operation currently. Guidance on how to register under UK-REACH is being prepared by the authorities. Details of the supporting services available to potential registrants (including account creation) for UK-REACH will be released in due course.

GPC (Europe) AB is in constant touch with relevant UK-REACH bodies and will keep you updated as and when the situation would change and/or there are any new advancements.

If you have any further questions then you can contact our UK-REACH manager Priyanka Manapure at [email protected].

Taiwan’s TCCSCA Regulation

Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has amended its chemical control law Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act (TCSCA)’ and renamed it to Toxic Chemicals and Concerned Substances Control Act (TCCSCA). This regulation has come into force from January 1, 2020. 

Companies that manufacture or import Existing Chemical Substance in an annual amount of 100 kilograms or more need to apply for Phase One Registration within 6 months from the date of exporting. Furthermore, if the chemical in a quantity that is above 1 tonne per year or more and falls under the list of 106 Priority Existing Chemicals (PECs) then companies need to do a Standard Registration. 

In the case of Confidential Business Information (CBI), exporters to Taiwan should communicate with their buyers and register via a Third Party Representative (TPR). 

As a TPRSSS can communicate in the supply chain on behalf of your company and also assist you with Phase One & Standard Registration. 

If you have any further questions on TCCSCA compliance, please contact our Regulatory Manager Chia-Sui Hsu at [email protected]