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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be aware of the necessity to regulate the production and use of chemical substances. The student will know the most important EU and non-EU regulations regarding all the types of chemical substances. The student will be particularly familiar with the European REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), but he will also know the American TSCA, the Japanese CSCL(Chemical Substances Control Law) and regulations of China and Brazil. A special focus will be put on substances having peciluar regulations like biocides and pesticides. The student will be able to: 1. manage the issues of REACH registration and compliance; 2. compare the requrements and constraints of REACH and other international regulations; 3. comply with the regulation of biocides and pesticides.

Course contents

This CU is composed of three modules:

(1) REACH and CLP

The course provides an overview of the remit of REACH and the increased responsibility it places on industry to manage chemical risks. The course introduces to the aims and core principles of REACH: protection of human health and the environment; enhance EU chemical industry competitiveness; and the promotion of alternative methods of dangerous substance assessment.

The Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008, is another column of the Chemical Management Program in the European Union and provides the rules for the classification of hazardous compounds, their labelling, and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information. The course provides an overview of this important regulation.

(2) Non-EU Regulations: US, Japan, Brazil and China

This module provides a comprehensive overview of the chemical control framework in US, Japan, Brazil and China and other countries and regions. It covers current regulations concerning hazardous chemical substances and their production, import, and use, as well as some essential hazard communication requirements including the GHS-based labelling and SDS requirements implemented by these countries.

(3) Biocides Regulations

This module provides a comprehensive overview of the Biocides control framework


Slides will be available for students.

Teaching methods

The Course Unit is divided in three modules. Each module is organized in theoretical classes where main concepts are explained, as well as tutorial classes with discussion of case-study examples.

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed through a written assignment, or group assignment, or Individual report of a given problem related to the module content, or power point presentation of an assigned topic, including a report on literature research.

The Course Unit grade will be the arithmetic mean of grades from the three modules.

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