The Council today adopted conclusions on chemicals which offer political guidance on the development of a sustainable EU chemicals policy strategy. The conclusions address in particular the topics of REACH, endocrine disruptors, nanomaterials and pharmaceuticals.
ECHA will start to evaluate 20 % of registration dossiers in each tonnage band to improve the compliance of REACH registrations. This will mean approximately 30 % of all registered chemicals will be checked.
In 2018, the European Commission published the second REACH review. Action 3 proposed in this review aims to improve the workability and quality of extended safety data sheets.
ECHA is supporting the Commission in this work that was kicked off in a workshop in March 2019. That workshop focused on the expectations for extended safety data sheets as an information source for risk assessment and management. The participants also discussed various options which should be explored to meet the goals of REACH Review Action 3.
The Forum agreed to conduct a pilot project to check the classification of mixtures, including detergents and cleaning products. It will also explore with ECHA’s stakeholders, whether they can take actions to improve safety data sheets at a meeting on 4 July 2019.
The aluminium industry is at a crossroad, facing considerable challenges but also tremendous business and societal opportunities. Its goal is to strive for a truly sustainable economy, supporting the Paris Agreement and delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This requires a deep transformation and renewal of its existing industrial base and assets.
ECHA’s Management Board has expressed its confidence in the plans to adjust the process for applications for authorisation. The Board also welcomed the joint action plan of ECHA and the European Commission to improve the compliance of REACH registrations.