…More substances added to candidate list

As announced in an ECHA Press Release (ECHA/PR/10/24) of 3 December 2010, the Member State Committee (MSC) has unanimously agreed to the identification of eight more substances of very high concern (SVHCs) that will be added to the candidate list and may become subject to authorisation. The substances are: chromium trioxide; acids generated from chromium trioxide and their oligomers; cobalt(II) sulphate; cobalt(II) dinitrate; cobalt(II) carbonate; cobalt(II) diacetate; 2‑methoxyethanol; and 2-ethoxyethanol, all of which were judged as either carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction. For the three isomers of trichlorobenzene, MSC deemed that it was not currently possible to identify them as posing a serious risk to human health or the environment. The opinions and supporting documents on the above chemicals will be published shortly (via http://echa.europa.eu/chem_data/authorisation_process/candidate_list_table_en.asp). {186800-8}

…Authorisation list grows

MSC has concurred with ECHA that the following eight SVHCs should be subject to authorisation: diisobutyl phthalate; diarsenic trioxide; diarsenic pentaoxide; lead chromate; lead sulfochromate yellow (C.I. Pigment Yellow 34); lead chromate molybdate sulphate red (C.I. Pigment Red 104); tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate; and 2,4-dinitrotoluene. ECHA will now recommend to the European Commission that these substances should be included in Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation. For further details, see the ECHA Press Release (ECHA/PR/10/24) of 3 December 2010 (at http://echa.europa.eu/news/pr/201012/pr_10_24_msc_20101203_en.asp).

…First registration deadline now passed

By 1 December 2010, about 24,500 registration dossiers, covering around 4300 substances had been submitted to ECHA. Most of the registrations (86%) came from large companies in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. ECHA has now issued a document explaining the next steps in the registration process (access .

…Changes to REACH regulation and CLP clarification

An ECHA News Alert (ECHA/NA/10/76) provides a reminder that a number of amendments to the REACH regulation came into force on 1 December 2010. The News Alert also announces the availability of the document: Questions and answers on the impact of the CLP [Classification, Labelling and Packaging] Regulation on registration dossiers submitted from 1 December 2010. Click on http://echa.europa.eu/news/na/201012/na_10_76_clp_amendments_20101201_en.asp for further information.

…Call for data on various chemicals

Testing proposals involving vertebrate animals have been submitted to ECHA for several more chemicals. To ensure the best use of existing information, third parties are invited to provide relevant data (visit http://echa.europa.eu/consultations/test_proposals/test_prop_cons_en.asp).

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

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