In anticipation of last minute submissions, the European Chemicals Agency has decided to keep the REACH-IT system open during weekends from 19 November until the deadline of 30 November 2010 for the registration of phase-in substances (see the News Alert ECHA/NA/10/67).

…Proposals for harmonised classification and labelling

Under EC Regulation No. 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging, there is a legal obligation for suppliers to evaluate the hazards of chemicals (substances and mixtures) to be placed on the market, and to classify and label them appropriately. An option also exists for Member State competent authorities or industry to ask for the classification and labelling of a substance to be harmonised across Europe, whereupon ECHA organises a public consultation period of 45 days. Under this scheme, proposals have been recently submitted by the Dutch and German authorities to standardise the classification of fenamiphos, and to use a group approach for five primary amines (coco alkyl amines, tallow alkyl amines, hydrogenated tallow alkyl amines, octadecylamine and (Z)-octadec-9-enylamine). To view the relevant background scientific reports, obtain further information, or comment on these proposals (by 3 December 2010), is the place to visit. {186542-6; 186640}

…RAC in agreement on harmonised classification of four further substances

ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) has agreed proposals from various Member States (France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK) for the classification of four chemicals, three of which are currently not harmonised at EU level. The substances under consideration were fuberidazole, for classification as a skin sensitizer and for heart toxicity after repeated exposure (RAC also recommended classification as a suspected carcinogen), lucirin for classification for reproductive toxicity, tris(nonylphenyl) phosphite for classification as a skin sensitizer, and acequinocyl for classification as a skin sensitizer, for lung toxicity after acute exposure, and for blood system toxicity after repeated exposure. Categories reflecting danger to the environment were also agreed for the latter two chemicals. The RAC reports will be made available via http://echa.europa.eu/news/na/201010/na_10_62_four_rac_opinions_20101029_en.asp on the ECHA website. {186653-6}

…Other REACH items of interest

New upgrade for IUCLID is available – version 5.2.3 (http://iuclid.echa.europa.eu/index.php?fuseaction=home.news&type=public&id=44).

Proposals for tests involving vertebrate animals. Request for information on: “reaction mass of (rel‑2R,4R)-tetrahydro-4-methyl-2-(2-methylpropyl)-2H-pyran-4-ol and (rel-2R,4S)-tetrahydro-4‑methyl-2-(2-methylpropyl)-2H-pyran-4-ol” and 1,5-bis[1,2-bis(ethoxycarbonyl)ethylamino]-2‑methylpentane (http://echa.europa.eu/consultations/test_proposals/test_prop_cons_en.asp).

The above items were taken from the December 2010 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here for more details).

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