…Ten Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) recommended for authorisation

As announced in a press release dated 17 January 2013 (ECHA/PR/13/02), ECHA has recommended that the following ten SVHCs should, in the future, not be used without authorisation:

  • arsenic acid
  • bis(2-methoxyethyl)ether (diglyme)
  • 1,2-dichloroethane
  • 2,2’-dichloro-4,4’-methylenedianiline (MOCA)
  • dichromium tris(chromate)
  • N,N-dimethylacetamide
  • formaldehyde, oligomeric reaction products with aniline (technical MDA)
  • pentazinc chromate octahydroxide
  • potassium hydroxyoctaoxodizincatedichromate
  • strontium chromate

These substances are classified because of their carcinogenic or reprotoxic properties, and are used in applications where there is potential for worker exposure. The European Commission will ultimately decide on whether these chemicals will be included in Annex XIV of the REACH regulation.



…Proposals for the harmonised classification and labelling of two compounds

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 the European Chemicals Agency organises a public consultation period of 45 days. Under this scheme, proposals have recently been submitted by the German and Irish authorities to standardise the classification and labelling of the following substances:

  • 1,2-epoxybutane
  • sulfoxaflor

European Chemicals Agency.
Proposal for Harmonised Classification and Labelling Based on Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008
(CLP Regulation), Annex VI, Part 2. 1,2-Epoxybutane. Version 2.0, January 2013.


Proposal for Harmonised Classification and Labelling Based on Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation), Annex VI, Part 2. Sulfoxaflor. Version 2 (Post Accordance Check), January 2012.



…A five-year review of REACH

In a five-year review of the REACH regulation, which entered into force in June 2007, the European Commission considered that the use of chemical substances in Europe has become “considerably safer”. Companies have now registered data describing the use and properties of around 8000 chemical substances manufactured or placed on the European market.

European Commission. General Report on REACH. Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions in accordance with Article117(4) of REACH and Article 46(2) of CLP, and a review of certain elements of REACH in line with Articles 75(2), 138(2), 138(3) and 138(6) of REACH. 5 February 2013. COM(2013) 49 final.


See http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-85_en.htm for press release.


…Other items of interest


Toolbox Version 3.1 now available (please see the International section of this issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News for more information).



Dossier Quality Assistant IUCLID plug-in released to help registrants improve the quality of their REACH registrations.



New chemical safety report (CSR) plug-in available for IUCLID.



ECHA launches Classification and Labelling Platform, a web-based discussion forum concerning
the C&L Inventory.



ECHA calls for stakeholders to work on biocides.



ECHA’s eighth stakeholders’ day – specific support and guidance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and member registrants.



First product and process oriented research and development (PPORD) five-year exemptions are to expire in June 2013. ECHA encourages impacted companies to act now.



ECHA calls on registrants and downstream users to clarify list of substances to be registered in May



Registry of current SVHC intentions updated with one new intention: benzo(a)pyrene and all substances that contain benzo(a)pyrene at a concentration equal to or greater than 0.01% by weight.



Testing proposals involving vertebrate animals: request for information from third parties on six compounds (deadlines 1 March to 4 April 2013).



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