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Les sciences de la vie sous le feu des projecteurs

Les entreprises belges sont des acteurs mondiaux de l’industrie pharmaceutique et biotechnologique. En octobre prochain, essenscia/Bio.be les mettra en lumière en soutenant la European Biotech Week qui se déroulera du 12 au 18 octobre et l’EFIB-Forum (European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy,) du 27 au 29 octobre à Bruxelles.

essenscia/Bio.be fait également la part belle au contenu. Nous organisons ainsi le 17 septembre un atelier sur les applications des normes ISO pour la biotechnologie où nous accueillerons Tastuo Heki, président du groupe de travail ISO, en tant qu’orateur. Les inscriptions peuvent s’effectuer via le lien repris dans cette newsletter. En outre, vous recevrez très prochainement toutes les informations sur notre séminaire « Use of Genetic Resources » qui se tiendra le 12 octobre à Technopolis.

Enfin, vous pourrez assister au World Biotech Tour un festival scientifique international dédié aux biotechnologies organisé le 5 novembre à Technopolis. Les jeunes et moins jeunes pourront découvrir le rôle des biotechs dans leur quotidien par le biais d’expériences ludiques et de présentations captivantes. Pour vous tenir au courant des dernières nouveautés dans les biotechs belges, surfez sur biovox.be.

Cathy Plasman
Secrétaire général essenscia/Bio.be

Sustainable development
The update takes into account the end of the transitional period for labelling mixtures according to the Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD) and full entry into force of the CLP Regulation 1272/2008 on the 1 June 2015.

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Fast-track update of the guidance limited to only:

(i) Take into account the full entry into force of the CLP Regulation on the 1 June 2015 (i.e. remove the reference to the previous legislation);

(ii) (ii) Take into account the end of the transition period for labelling mixtures according to the DPD and classifying their components according to the DSD;

(iii) Remove obsolete and out of date information which is no longer relevant and would be now potentially misleading;

(iv) Reformat the document in line with the current corporate identity.

In particular the update includes the following:

- Replacement of original Table of Content with new one according to ECHA guidance standard.

- Deletion of original chapter 4 on transition to CLP (and consequently re-numbering of old chapter 5 onwards); relevant information on the applicable transitional provisions have been moved to a subchapter of chapter 3 (“Implementing CLP”).

- Deletion of Figure 8.1 (in original chapter 8) because not in line with the current approach and potentially misleading.

- Restructuring and update of chapter 9 (originally 10) on relevant sources of information.
- Clarification in chapter 16 (originally chapter 17) on the requirements to update an SDS in force from 1 June 2015. Addition of the reference to the Article 31(3) of REACH as amended by CLP from 1 June 2015.

- Addition in chapter 17 (originally 18), on the notification to the C&L Inventory, of the new available option consisting in the creation of a bulk XML file containing more C&L notifications.

- Addition in chapter 18 (originally 19) of clarification that updated SDS must be provided to all recipients supplied with the substance or mixture within the preceding 12 months.

- Deletion in chapter 19 (originally 20), on alternative chemical name, of text referring to obligations in place before 1 June 2015.

- Reduction in chapter 21 (originally 22) of the information on how to submit a proposal for harmonised classification and labelling and provision of the reference to updated specific guidance.  

- Addition in chapter 25 (originally 26), on SIEFs, of the possibility to contact ECHA Helpdesk to be provided with contact details of relevant SIEF members.

- Split of Annex 2 (Glossary) into abbreviations and glossary and transfer of abbreviations to a new list at the beginning of the guidance.

- Replacement throughout the document of the word “Community” with “Union” where not legal text quotation.

- Update and addition of references to relevant guidance documents and other supporting material throughout the document.

The CLP guidance v2 (July 2015) is available here

For more information please contact:

Tine Cattoor, advisor Product Policy
tcattoor@essenscia.be, 02 238 96 48
Innovation & patents
Bio.be workshop “Towards ISO standards for Bioprocessing”
Bio.be workshop “Towards ISO standards for Bioprocessing”, met toelichting door dhr. Heki, voorzitter van de ISO werkgroep, over de scope en impact, en dhr. De Jongh, NBN, over de werking van ISO. Registratie via deze link.
Reach, CLP & Product policy
The update takes into account the end of the transitional period for labelling mixtures according to the Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD) and the changes arising from the new Regulation (EU) 2015/830.

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The updated Guidance takes into account the changes in the REACH Annex II legal text arising from the new Regulation (EU) 2015/830 and removes references to the previous version of Annex II.

Update of the Guidance to take into account the end of the transitional period for labelling mixtures according to the Dangerous Preparation Directive (DPD), the need to indicate the classification of their components according to the Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD) and reflect the full implementation of the CLP regulation. The update is limited to the following:

(1) Deletion of the reference to obsolete version of Annex II (replaced by Annex II to Commission Regulation No 453/2010 and the Annex to Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/830);

(2) Addition of references to Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/830 which applies form 1 June 2015;

(3) Update of references to legal text as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/830;

(4) Addition in chapter 1.1 of reference to tables 3.4.6, 3.6.2, 3.7.2, 3.8.3 and 3.9.4 of Annex I of CLP defining the conditions under which some mixtures which do not meet the criteria for classification as hazardous according to CLP also require an SDS to be prepared or be made available on request;

(5) Addition in chapter 1.2 of a clarification of the scope of the updated guidance;

(6) Addition of a new subchapter 1.3 with explanatory text on the transitional provisions in Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/830;

(7) Deletion of original chapter 2 (and renumbering of chapter 3 and its subchapters) containing out of date information, no longer relevant for this document whose scope is now only to provide guidance on the compilation of SDSs according to the requirements in place from 1 June 2015;

(8) Addition in chapter 2.14 of the clarification that the Hazard Class and Category Codes (as given in Annex VI and VII of the CLP Regulation) must not be translated when used in the SDS;

(9) Addition in chapter 2.15 of clarification of the requirement to provide an SDS for non-hazardous mixtures meeting the requirements set out in Table 3.4.6 of Annex I of CLP;

(10) Addition in chapter 2.16 of a clarification regarding the obligation to provide SDS on request for non-classified mixtures containing substances with EU-level workplaces exposure limits regardless of their concentration;

(11) Addition in chapter 3.2 of the full reference to point 0.5 of Annex II of REACH according to Regulation (EU) 2015/830;

(12) Deletion of Appendix 1 on the transitional period for the application of CLP labelling and corresponding SDS requirements;

(13) Deletion of out of date information and minor linguistic corrections of the English language version.

The guidance is available here 

For more information please contact Tine Cattoor, advisor Product Policy, tcattoor@essenscia.be, 02 238 96 48

The European Federation of Essential Oils (EFEO) and the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) have published, in collaboration with ECHA, a guidance for characterizing and identifying essential oils.

Follow this guidance when you are identifying essential oils for REACH and CLP purposes.

An essential oil is defined as a volatile part of a natural product, which can be obtained by distillation, steam distillation or expression in the case of citrus fruits. It contains mostly volatile hydrocarbons. Essential oils are derived from various sections of plants. The oil is "essential" in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence of the plant.

The guidance is available here

For more information please contact:

Tine Cattoor, advisor Product Policy
tcattoor@essenscia.be, 02 238 96 48

International trade & business development
Do you want to know more about US and EU sanctions and export controls? Do you have to keep abreast of developments in the field of trade controls for professional reasons ?

Then this seminar will definitely be for you!  It will take place on 24 September in Brussels and is organized by the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium.

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There are more and more economic sanctions and export controls in recent years companies find it exceedingly difficult to assess the risks they face.

The aim of the seminar is to create a better awareness of US and EU sanctions and export controls regimes to avoid the risk of severe financial and reputational loss.

Topics will be discussed both from a US and EU perspective with practical case scenarios such as:

- the impact of trade controls on the financial sector  
- recent developments with respect to Iran, Cuba, and Russia
- recent and planned trade control reforms

When ?

Thursday 24 September 2015 from 14:30 to 17:30

Where?

Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (VBO-FEB) Rue Ravensteinstraat 4 1000 Brussels

Find more information on the programme and register online now

Health, Safety & Environment
Chloride, nitraat en sulfaat zijn enkele van de anorganische zouten binnen de industriële waterhuishouding waarvoor op heden geen duurzame oplossingen zijn. De Blauwe Cirkel wil hierop een antwoord bieden, waarbij zowel de water- als de grondstoffencycli zoveel mogelijk gesloten worden.

Lees meer
Op basis van een rondvraag binnen diverse industriële sectoren (chemie, textiel, voeding, afval(water)verwerking, …) werden onderstaande veel voorkomende geconcentreerde zoutstromen geïdentificeerd (zogenaamde typestromen):

• Regeneraat ionenwisselaar voor ontharding
• Neutralisatie zuren/basen
• Regeneraat ionenwisselaar voor demi-water productie
• Zoutstromen met beperkte metaalverontreiniging
• Concentraat RO voor proceswaterbehandeling
• Koeltorenspui
• Natriumsulfaatstromen met organische belasting
• Regeneraat ionenwisselaar met organische belasting
• Zoutbaden van de voedingsindustrie
• Concentraat RO op gezuiverd afvalwater
• (Slib)vergistingsstromen

Voor elk van deze typestromen werd in een eerste fase van het onderzoeksproject nagegaan in welke mate het technisch en economisch haalbaar is om de in deze stromen aanwezige zouten terug te winnen en opnieuw in te zetten als grondstof.

Een haalbaarheidsstudie werd al afgerond voor een 10-tal typestromen. Een samenvatting van resultaten van de haalbaarheidsonderzoeken zijn terug te vinden op de website van het Blauwe Cirkel project.

Hebt u binnen uw bedrijf te maken met één of meerdere van deze typestromen? Neem dan contact op met An Maes (amaes@essenscia.be) en kom te weten wat het project voor u kan betekenen.
News from our partners

De Chemische Revolutie: Hoe open innovatie met grote en kleine bedrijven leidt tot een duurzaamheidsshock in het chemie-ecosysteem
Woensdag 16 september 2015, vanaf 16h00
Portview Antwerpen, Noorderlaan 139, 2030 Antwerpen

FISCH vzw is ruim drie jaar de Vlaamse Competentie Pool voor duurzame chemie. Sinds maart 2014 hebben FISCH en Flanders’ PlasticVision, de Vlaamse Competentie Pool voor kunststof- en rubberverwerkende industrie, de handen in elkaar geslagen.  De behaalde resultaten van deze organisaties zullen voorgesteld worden, alsook zullen verschillende bedrijfsleiders en R&D managers komen getuigen van hun ervaringen binnen FISCH projecten en de meerwaarde die men hierdoor kon realiseren.

Woensdag 16 september 2015, vanaf 16h00
Portview Antwerpen, Noorderlaan 139, 2030 Antwerpen

FISCH vzw is ruim drie jaar de Vlaamse Competentie Pool voor duurzame chemie. Sinds maart 2014 hebben FISCH en Flanders’ PlasticVision, de Vlaamse Competentie Pool voor kunststof- en rubberverwerkende industrie, de handen in elkaar geslagen.  De behaalde resultaten van deze organisaties zullen voorgesteld worden, alsook zullen verschillende bedrijfsleiders en R&D managers komen getuigen van hun ervaringen binnen FISCH projecten en de meerwaarde die men hierdoor kon realiseren.

Programma:

16h00: Ontvangst

16h30: Verwelkoming
Frans Dieryck, Voorzitter FISCH
FISCH en Flanders’ PlasticVision: de resultaten
Jan Van Havenbergh, Managing Director FISCH

17h00: Keynote Speaker
Geert Noels, Co-founder Econopolis en auteur Econoshock

17h40: Panelgesprek en interactie met de zaal
Panelleden: Ludo Lauwers (Janssen Pharmaceutica), Koenraad Debackere (KULeuven), Stefan Tielen (Conwed Plastics), Rudy Dams (3M) en Kris Schatteman (Eco Treasures)

18h15: Netwerkdrink

Deelname aan dit event is gratis, maar inschrijven is verplicht.

Inschrijven kan via e-mail aan Sofia Torcq (storcq@fi-sch.be).
No show fee: 40 €



FRX Polymers
L’entreprise chimique américaine FRX Polymers, qui fabrique des polymères ignifuges, a officiellement inauguré son usine de production aujourd’hui en présence du ministre président flamand Geert Bourgeois et du bourgmestre Bart de Wever sur le site de Bayer à Anvers.

En 2013, elle avait par ailleurs remporté le “Foreign Investment Award» de FIT (Flanders Investment and Trade).

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