Decision 2017/2334/EU (OJ:L333/64/2017) postponing the expiry date of approval of creosote for use in biocidal products of product-type 8

This Decision postpones the expiry date of approval of creosote for use in biocidal products for product-type 8 to 31 October 2020.

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Review of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA)

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Regulation (EU) 2100/2017 (OJ:L301/1/2017) setting out scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine-disrupting properties pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 528/2012

This Regulation sets out scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine-disrupting properties in accordance with Regulation (EU) 528/2012 on the making available on the market and use of biocidal products.
Legislative background
Regulation (EU) 528/2012 provides for the continuation of the work programme for the examination of all existing active substances used in…

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Regulation (EU) 2326/2017 (OJ:L333/22/2017) approving imiprothrin as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products of product-type 18

This Regulation approves imiprothrin as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products of product-type 18, subject to the specifications and conditions set out in the Annex to this Regulation.
It is made in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Biocidal Products and Regulation (EU) 528/2012, on…

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Regulation (EU) 1777/2017 (OJ:L253/1/2017) amending Annexes 2, 3 and 4 to Regulation (EC) 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels in or on certain products

This Regulation amends Regulation (EC) 396/2005 on maximum residue levels (MRLs) of pesticides in or on food and feed of plant and animal origin.
These amendments alter the MRLs for:

Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain FZB24;
Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain MBI 600;
clayed charcoal;
dichlorprop-P;
ethephon;
etridiazole;
flonicamid;
fluazifop-P;
hydrogen peroxide;
metaldehyde;
penconazole;
spinetoram;
tau-fluvalinate; and
Urtica spp;

in or on certain products.
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Regulation (EC) 396/2005 establishes the need to…

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Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations SI 2017/1200

These Regulations begin to come into force on 1 January 2018 and apply to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Parts 2 and 3 of these Regulations will come into force on 1 April 2018, when the full provisions of these Regulations will apply.
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These Regulations help apply the provisions of Regulation…

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Regulation (EU) 852/2017 (OJ:137/1/2017) on mercury

This Regulation establishes measures and conditions concerning the:

use and storage of and trade in mercury, mercury compounds and mixtures of mercury;
manufacture and use of and trade in mercury-added products;
management of mercury waste.

The aim is to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions…

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Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations SI 2017/1200

These Regulations begin to come into force on 1 January 2018 and apply to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Parts 2 and 3 of these Regulations will come into force on 1 April 2018, when the full provisions of these Regulations will apply.
Legislative Background
These Regulations help apply the provisions of Regulation…

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Regulation (EU) 852/2017 (OJ:137/1/2017) on mercury

This Regulation establishes measures and conditions concerning the:

use and storage of and trade in mercury, mercury compounds and mixtures of mercury;
manufacture and use of and trade in mercury-added products;
management of mercury waste.

The aim is to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions…

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Concerns raised over UK product safety systems

A Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee has expressed concerns over potential widespread failures in the UK's product safety system.

MPs said that the fact that millions of defective tumble-dryers which posed a fire risk were allowed to be sold in the UK demonstrates that current product safety checks were failing consumers.

Defective tumble-dryers sold under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands (owned by Whirlpool) have led to more than 750 fires in homes since 2004. The Committee described the companies response to the over 5 million defective machines as 'woeful' and said it was unacceptable that more than one million potentially dangerous tumble-dryers were still being used in homes.

The Business Committee was looking into the incidents caused by such defective electrical appliances; in one incident a fire killed two men, alongside other high profile cases including Greenfell Tower. The Committee concluded that there were widespread issues over product safety.

Committee Chair, Rachel Reeves, said there was ''a strong case for a single national product safety agency'' adding, ''these problems go deeper than just one firm. Whirlpool's response has highlighted flaws in the UK's product safety regime which is fragmented and poorly resourced.''

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said it would respond to recommendations for a national product safety authority. A spokesman commented: ''We have already taken a number of steps to improve our product safety regime, including upgrading the government's recalls website to make it clear to the public which white goods are safe to use.''

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