Chromium III, which is used exclusively by the leather industry, can be used safely and the formation of unwanted chromium VI can be managed. To ensure this happens is the responsibility of all in the leather industry.

To ensure better understanding of chromium chemistry has now been made accessible to a wider audience. The IULTCS has translated the material into six languages. Versions in English, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, Japanese, and Portuguese are now available on the IULTCS website under the section “IULTCS Information Releases” (www.iultcs.org).

The next meeting of the IULTCS Executive takes place on March 31 during the APLF in Hong Kong. One issue to be discussed – and one that is of much importance for the industry – is the development by the International Union Chemical Commission of a standard for “Critical Chemical Substances in leather” along with appropriate leather test methods. Increased testing and Restricted Substances Lists (RSL’s) that have little meaning or relevance for leather is an increasing burden for the industry. During the IULTCS meeting, the executive will also review updates and progress from its other Commissions involved in leather testing, environment, training, and research. The Executive Committee will also approve final plans for the 10thAsian International Conference on Leather Science and Technology” which will be held in Okayama, Japan in November and review plans for the next IULTCS World Congress which is scheduled for Brazil in 2015.