Update – the conference will now take place online on 2 June 2020.
How is ECHA delivering on safer chemicals?
How can companies prepare for the new EU obligations on chemicals kicking in next year?
To increase the manufacture and supply of disinfectants on the European market, ECHA is supporting EU/EEA authorities to apply derogations from the normal authorisation requirement for biocidal products. As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, it is essential for healthcare professionals and European citizens to have access to more disinfectants. To improve this access, there is a need to increase the manufacture and supply of these products.
ECHA will, together with the European Commission, support Member States and industry in addressing disinfectant shortages. The Agency will also extend some of its deadlines to help chemicals companies.
ECHA has adopted the updated Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for substance evaluation, with 74 substances to be evaluated in 2020-2022. 17 Member States will evaluate these substances over the next three years. For the 14 substances specified for 2020, evaluating authorities have 12 months from today to carry out their evaluations. The aim is to clarify if further information is needed to conclude whether a substance poses a risk to people or the environment. Registrants of the listed substances are encouraged to keep their registrations up to date and to contact the evaluating Member States.
Update – the press release includes a corrigendum.
SEAC adopted its final opinion supporting ECHA’s proposal to restrict the placing on the market of D4, D5 and D6 as substances, as contituents of other substances, or in mixtures in a concentration equal to or greater than 0.1 % weight by weight of each substance. This proposal covers both leave-on personal care products (D4, D5 and D6) and other consumer or professional products as well as wash-off personal care products (D6).
A draft update to the Guidance on labelling and packaging in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 sent for CARACAL consultation is also available.
ECHA’s new online service, the EU Chemicals Legislation Finder (EUCLEF), gives companies access to a free-of-charge overview of 40 pieces of EU chemicals legislation they may need to comply with.
The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) adopted three opinions on active substances, including one proposing non-approval, and four opinions on Union authorisation – with one not supporting authorisation.