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Scientific findings as a basis for decision-making: guideline for assessing the due diligence of scientific rationale

Opinions and decisions are often based on scientific findings. However, it is noticeable that in many, if not most cases, seemingly contradictory findings find themselves opposing each other. This guideline should make it possible to prevent any consideration of apparently untrustworthy bogus findings on the basis of fundamental criteria that are always valid. Read the full guideline here.
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Electroforming with Nickel

Dr. Tony Hart, Hart Materials Limited, Wombourne, UK While there are a large number of written documents on nickel as a coating, there are very few dealing with nickel electroforming. This technology is an important consumer of nickel – about 5,000 tons per year worldwide – used to manufacture a wide range of articles (it is a manufacturing process, not a coating process). It is indeed the...
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Non-profit organisations: experts or populists?

In the field of chemical regulations, documents whose scientific soundness does not stand up to simple plausibility tests are repeatedly being circulated. Some of these require a more rigorous inspection to assess their resilience. However, several authors make no secret of their partiality. Self-proclaimed experts make demands and assertions which, if weighed up carefully, lack any attempt at ob...
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ZVO’s review on periods for chromium trioxide upstream approval applications

After the recent discussion in REACH committee concerning the review periods for upstream applications, ZVO has now compiled a Position Paper on this matter. The use of chromium trioxide became subject to authorisation by inclusion in Annex XIV of REACH. The widespread use of a wide variety of applications in electroplating initially led to seeking higher-level so-called “upstream” application...
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PRESS RELEASE: Surface treatment industry calls on EU to grant authorisations for the continued used of chromium trioxide

Surface treatment industry calls on EU to grant authorisations for the continued used of chromium trioxide The European Committee for Surface Treatment (CETS) has called on the European Commission to grant authorisations for the continued use of chromium trioxide. The applications for authorisation, with reference numbers 0032-01 through to 0032-06, were duly made before the sunset date of 21st S...
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The CETS – Henk de Man Memorial Award 2018 is awarded to Dr. Veronique Steukers (Nickel Institute) for her meritorious service

Every two years, the CETS Henk de Man Memorial Award is presented to a person or organization for meritorious service in the interests of the surface treatment industry in Europe. This year, the honour goes to Dr. Veronique Steukers. She has engaged herself in the Risk Management Options procedure, RMO, that has been developed as an alternative for authorisation within the REACH-legislation. This...
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Position of CETS on intermediates

Recently Malte Zimmer, Chairman Regulatory Affairs prepared an article “Surface treatment industry calls on EU to revise authorisations”. This article is published on July 26th, 2018 in the newsletter of CHEMICAL WATCH, the website for European Global Risk and Regulation News. The European Committee for Surface Treatment (CETS) has called on Echa and the Commission to look again at certain uses...
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Life 2 acid, a research project looking for partners

Life2acid is a project that works towards a substainable use of metallic resources in the galvanic industry. The aim is to demonstrate a new technology that allows the selective recovery of metal zinc and iron chloride from Spent Pickling Acids (SPA's) generated in galvanizing processes. LIFE-2-ACID project aims at contributing to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental...
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CETS – Henk de Man Memorial Award

The CETS – Henk de Man Memorial Award is presented every two years to an individual or organization for meritorious service, in the interests of the surface treatment industry in Europe. This year, the memorial award will take place the 13th of november. The memorial award is in honour of Henk de Man, who was a Dutch entrepreneur in the surface treatment technology area.  He was actively involv...
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Are the Benefits of REACH real or just hypothetical?

Following the recent ECHA report regarding the costs and benefits of REACH, CETS President, David Elliott stated “the only conclusion we can draw from this report is that the costs to industry are very real and making the EU less competitive in the global market place whilst the benefits are, at present, all hypothetical and presented in such a way as to convince everyone that REACH is actuall...
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