Implementing REACH requires a lot of communication within the supply chain, which is not always practical due to the legitimate business concerns of different parties. Geoffroy Tillieux, Director of Regulatory Compliance at Polymer Comply Europe, gives his views.
Microplastics contaminating freshwater and oceans is one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns. It is estimated that 2 to 5 % of all plastics end up in the oceans. To learn more about the impact that microplastics have on our environment, we talked with Dr Rachel Hurley, a post-doctoral researcher based at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA).
ECHA is publishing guidelines for EU-based companies that export hazardous chemicals to countries outside the EU under the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation, to help them improve the quality of their export notifications.
Union authorisation was introduced by the EU’s Biocidal Products Regulation in 2013. It allows companies to place their biocidal products on the entire EU market, without needing to get specific national authorisations. The first biocidal products are now expected to be granted access to the EU market. We talked with Isabelle Demoment from Kersia Group and Gosia Oledzka from Ecolab, which were among the first companies to opt for Union authorisation.
An upcoming poison centres notification portal will offer an easy-to-use and secure way for industry to prepare and submit information, in a recently released harmonised format, to appointed bodies in different Member States. Here’s what you need to know to start preparing.
Despite increasing amounts of nanomaterials in products on the EU market, not enough is known about their hazards to adequately assess and control their risks. To bridge this knowledge gap, the REACH annexes that specify what information is required from companies placing chemicals on the market have been revised, legally obliging industry to also provide data for substances in nanoform. The new changes enter into force in January 2020. Jenny Holmqvist, ECHA’s coordinator for nanomaterials, shares her views on how companies can prepare.
In July 2018, the Netherlands submitted a proposal to ECHA recommending to lower the legal concentration limits under REACH for eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in granules and mulches. These granules and mulches are commonly used on sports pitches and in playgrounds, but there is a concern that they contain chemicals (such as PAHs) that may cause health risks. Let’s take a deeper look at what is being proposed and the implications of restricting the PAHs.
Lead shot has been widely used for decades in hunting and sports shooting. Yet, we know that lead has toxic effects on ecosystems and wildlife. This is why the EU is looking into restricting its use in wetlands in the near future. ECHA Newsletter explains the background.
The seventh and last step to successfully register your chemicals is to maintain your registration data. REACH registration is not a one-off exercise, but rather the start for managing your substance portfolio responsibly under the EU chemicals legislation.
There will be two longer-than-usual maintenance breaks for REACH-IT in the coming weeks. These breaks are to prepare for the launch of a IUCLID 6 upgrade scheduled for late October.
A revised emission scenario document for rodenticides (product-type 14) is now available.
A new proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling has been submitted for 4,4′-isopropylidenediphenol (EC 201-245-8, CAS 80-05-7).
The Poison Centres website has been revamped with support pages for industry on how to prepare and submit information on hazardous mixtures to appointed bodies in a harmonised way.
The public activities coordination tool (PACT) has been updated with information on two substances that are undergoing hazard assessment or risk management option analysis by authorities.
A new study, commissioned by the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON), found gaps in the current knowledge on the hazard and risk assessment of nano-sized pigments. The study identified 81 nano-sized pigments currently used in the EU market.
ECHA recommends that measures are needed to regulate the use of lead ammunition in terrestrial environments in addition to those proposed for wetlands.
Registration numbers have been granted to 32 515 dossiers out of the 33 363 dossiers that were submitted by the final REACH registration deadline on 31 May. These registrations cover 10 708 chemicals. The other dossiers still lack information and ECHA is waiting for companies to update them before granting registration numbers.