The time is approaching to notify your interest in seven active substance and product-type combinations to get them approved in the biocides review programme. Check the substance-specific deadlines and notify your interest through the biocides IT tool R4BP 3.
An updated list of those substance and product-type combinations for which a compliant notification for inclusion in the review programme has been made is available. It also includes the names of the notifying companies to help you collaborate when submitting an application for approval of the active substance and to help avoid unnecessary testing on animals.
ECHA is looking for comments on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals.
The consolidated opinion of the Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) for a use of 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC) (EC 203-458-1; CAS 107-06-2) by Microbeads AS is available.
The European Commission is reviewing the definition of an SME to ensure that it remains fit for purpose and meets its objectives in the current economic environment, and to evaluate the need for possible changes. The survey is available in all EU languages.
The webinar covers a feature for helping SMEs to prepare IUCLID dossiers using the IUCLID Cloud. This feature, named ‘Guided dossier preparation for REACH 2018’, presents SMEs with a series of well-defined tasks to complete based on the type of dossier they intend to submit to ECHA. The guided approach includes task-specific help and links to relevant guidance documents and texts.
A message from ECHA: “Join our webinar to get last-minute advice on how to successfully submit your REACH registration dossier and to ask our experts your questions directly”.
In an EU/EEA-wide project of ECHA’s Enforcement Forum, inspectors found hundreds of consumer products with illegal amounts of restricted chemicals. Every fifth toy inspected contained high levels of restricted phthalates.
A message from ECHA: On 6 February, the European Commission published an amendment to the list of chemicals subject to an export notification (Annex I) and chemicals that are banned for export (Annex V) under the PIC Regulation. The amendment applies from 1 April 2018. However, to ensure continuity of your operations start submitting your export notifications for the new chemicals now!
The second joint Commission and ECHA workshop on the implementation of Annex VIII to CLP took place on 1 February. It covered harmonised information to be notified to Member State appointed bodies for poison centres. It helps to understand legal obligations, how to fulfil them and how to get prepared now! Visit the Commission’s website for the presentations and a full recording of the discussion.
Source: European Chemicals Agency
Watch Dr Kimmo Louekari from ECHA giving a presentation on the 3R approaches to acute oral toxicity testing. He explains the regulatory context of the test in REACH and describes an approach that allows for the waiving of the acute oral toxicity test under certain conditions and with a proper justification.
The webinar explains the screening process, its timelines, and the criteria for shortlisting. It also covers how you can influence manual screening by updating your dossiers and where to get more information on common screening.
A message from ECHA: “We have noticed that for some pre-registered substances both an ELINCS number and a List number have been assigned. To ease sharing of data and make sure that registrants of the same substance form only one joint submission, ECHA will update the List numbers of all affected pre-registrations to refer to the ELINCS number of the notified substance. The corresponding List numbers will become obsolete”.
The European Commission publishes a catalogue of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products in the EU.
The lack of hazard information hampers the risk assessment and identification of the potential need for further risk management measures for nanomaterials on the EU market. ECHA’s strategy for substances with nanoforms highlights the need for increased cooperation with Member States.
A message from ECHA: “We have published three practical examples that can help you with your registration. They are available in 23 EU languages.”
As of 6 February, ECHA has received 15 070 registration dossiers for 6 560 substances manufactured or imported from one to 100 tonnes per year. These registrations cover
4 270 substances that have not been registered before. SMEs have submitted 16 % of the registrations. Follow the overall progress on our interactive infographic.
Are you on LinkedIn? We have recently set up three LinkedIn groups on nanomaterials, IUCLID and substitution, where you can share information and engage in the conversations. If you have a stake in one of these topics, we welcome your expertise.