…ECHA consults on substances of very high concern (SVHCs)

Member State competent authorities and ECHA may prepare Annex XV dossiers for SVHCs, as defined in Article 57 of the REACH regulation. These include substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR), persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB). The latest batch of dossiers to be issued cover 1,2‑benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters, 1,2‑benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters (C7-rich), cobalt dichloride, 2‑ethoxyethyl acetate, hydrazine, 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, strontium chromate and 1,2,3‑trichloropropane. These documents are dated February 2011, and can be obtained (with “commenting forms” for submission by 7 April 2011) from ECHA (at . {187238-45}

…Several SVHCs to be banned unless authorisation granted

Musk xylene, 4,4′-diaminodiphenylmethane, bis(2‑ethylhexyl) phthalate, benzyl butyl phthalate, dibutyl phthalate and hexabromocyclododecane isomers are scheduled to be phased out of use in the EU within the next 3-4 years unless authorised.

[Commission Regulation (EU) No. 143/2011 of 17 February 2011 amending Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (‘REACH’). Official Journal of the European Union 2011, L44, 2. The Regulation can be accessed on the EUR-Lex website at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:044:0002:0006:en:PDF online. To view a subsequent corrigendum that slightly changes the dates of transitional arrangements, visit http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:049:0052:0053:en:PDF (ibid. 2011, L49, 52).]

…Other REACH items of interest

IUCLID 5.3 is now available (http://echa.europa.eu/news/na/201102/na_11_07_iuclid5_new_version_20110225_en.asp).

Testing proposals involving vertebrate animals: request for information from third parties (http://echa.europa.eu/consultations/test_proposals/test_prop_cons_en.asp).

ECHA has published its Report on Evaluation in 2010, which includes a list of the most common shortcomings found in the dossiers evaluated and gives specific recommendations for registrants (http://echa.europa.eu/news/pr/201102/pr_11_05_evaluation_report_20110228_en.asp).

The above items were taken from the April 2011 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here for more details).

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