Non-compliant information on chemicals is a serious issue that needs to be fixed. Progress has been made with evaluation but further measures are planned to raise the percentage of dossiers checked and increase efficiency.
The fifty-first meeting of the EEA Council took place in Brussels on 20 May 2019 under the Presidency of Mr Ștefan-Radu Oprea, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting was attended by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein, Mr Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, and Ms Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, as well as by members of the Council of the European Union and representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service. The EEA Council discussed the overall functioning of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) and held an orientation debate on Climate change: Long-term strategies towards 2050 and the implementation of the Paris agreement.
The European Union Chemical Legislation Finder (EUCLEF) is an upcoming online service that will enable companies to find out how their substances are being regulated in the EU and what legal obligations they have. Work is under way and ECHA is planning to launch the service, which will initially cover 40 pieces of EU legislation, in 2020.
Sometimes products that we buy online are not what they claim to be, and sometimes they turn out to be harmful to our health. Marilin Lutsoja and Annemari Linno tell us more about how the Estonian Health Board took action on such a case in 2018, taking a potentially toxic product, branded as the ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’, off the market.
Throughout spring 2019, two REACH topics have dominated the chemicals safety agenda – compliance of registration dossiers and issues related to the authorisation process.
Improving the compliance of registration dossiers and speeding up evaluation work are our priorities for 2019. As the current debate highlights, it is important for ECHA, Member States and the European Commission to give attention to these matters now. We all need to invest in this important work, which is the starting point for protecting European citizens and the environment from the adverse effects of chemicals.
Since January 2019, ECHA has been supporting the European Commission in establishing occupational exposure limits for selected chemicals to improve the protection of workers’ health and safety. We explain what occupational exposure limits are, how the EU implements them through legislation, and what role ECHA has in their preparation.
The Conference aims to raise awareness about the need and urgency to improve water management across the European Union towards a water-smart society, take stock of key European Commission’s findings based on the 2019 Fitness Check of EU Water Law and promote exchange of best practices and innovative approaches at technical, governance and policy levels.
To get a biocidal active substance approved, your application must contain an assessment of possible endocrine disrupting (ED) properties. This requirement was specified by the European Commission in the endocrine disruptor criteria for biocides, which took effect in June 2018. If you are preparing an active substance application, read our tips on how to assess if your substance is an endocrine disruptor.
By 2027, ECHA aims to have full clarity on all registered substances to improve chemicals safety in Europe. ECHA’s annual Integrated Regulatory Strategy report describes how authorities are prioritising substances of concern. It looks at the status of substances and whether they need further hazard data to be generated by registrants or further regulatory risk management actions from authorities.
Credit card slips, cash register receipts, tickets and product labels are often made from thermal paper coated with a substance that reacts with a dye precursor to form a colour when exposed to heat. A substance commonly used for this is bisphenol A (BPA). In January 2020, the European Commission’s restriction of BPA in thermal paper comes into effect. We look at what is being done to find sustainable and safe replacements for this use of the substance.
Plastic waste shipments that are today destined for intra-EU trade will be affected by the significant new hurdles caused by the new rules, since collection, sorting and recycling often take place in different Member States.
The JRC hosted the 5th meeting of the EU Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU-NETVAL) where international experts shared their knowledge on advancing in vitro methods to improve safety assessment and avoid animal testing.