Products Finishing

NOV 2013

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NASF REPORT Industry Groups Challenge European REACH on Chromium Trioxide On July 8, VECCO, a German industry association, fled a legal challenge against the European Commission regarding the authorization of chromium trioxide and related compounds pursuant to REACH. The law's so-called "authorization" framework would ban the use of chromium trioxide in the European Union unless parties submit specifc information to justify its continued use for critical applications such as surface fnishing. The challenge alleges that the commission erred in its assessment of chromium trioxide for authorization and failed to provide an exemption for the continued use of it and other related compounds in the surface coatings industry. In addition, the challenge claims that the commission failed to provide key documents that formed the basis of its actions, thereby denying the industry's rights and violating "the principles of sound administration and excellence of scientifc advice." VECCO was formed specifcally to preserve of the use and beneft of chromium trioxide and other hexavalent chromium compounds in the surface fnishing industry. It is working in cooperation with other European industry groups regarding the challenges stemming from the authorization of chromium trioxide and other related compounds pursuant to the REACH regulation. For more information regarding this action, contact Jef Hannapel at jhannapel@thepolicygroup.com. Cobalt Metal and Nickel Nanoparticles to be Included in NTP Report on Carcinogens On September 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Toxicology Program (NTP) issued a notice in the Federal Register requesting information on 20 new substances (including cobalt metal and nickel nanoparticles) that have been nominated for possible review and inclusion in NTP's next Report on Carcinogens (RoC). 78 Fed. Reg. 57868 (2013). Specifcally, NTP is requesting information on the current production, use patterns, human exposure, studies and other scientifc information regarding the carcinogenicity of each of these 20 substances. This information will be used to determine if NTP should propose a formal evaluation of the substances for the next RoC. The RoC is a Congressionally mandated, science-based, public health report that identifes agents, substances, mixtures and exposures in the environment that pose a cancer hazard to humans. It is published biennially and is a cumulative list consisting of newly reviewed substances as well as those listed in previous editions of the RoC. More information on the RoC is available on the NTP website at ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/roc. For additional information about this specifc action or the RoC generally, contact Jef Hannapel at jhannapel@thepolicygroup.com. Southern California Chapter Honors Industry Leader Jerry Wahlin NASF members in Southern California recognized Jerry Wahlin, president of AAA Plating and Inspection, with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Metal Finishing Association of Southern California's Annual Fall Outing in September in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. This honor is awarded to individuals considered to have outstanding career achievements and significant contributions to advancing the industry. Wahlin has been a board member of the NASF and a NADCAP Management Council supplier member. Jerry Wahlin receives an MFASC Lifetime Achievement Award. 14 NOVEMBER 2013 — pfonline.com

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