…Updated list of pre-registered substances

As announced in its press release ECHA/PR/09/03 of 27 March 2009, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has issued an updated version of the list of pre-registered substances containing about 143,000 chemicals that were pre-registered between 1 June and 1 December 2008. This new list includes CAS numbers for some substances previously identified only by chemical name and provides identification numbers for chemicals without a current EC number (to make registration easier). The search functions have also been upgraded. ECHA hopes that this latest version will help companies find the correct SIEF (Substance Information Exchange Forum). Since the list contains many preparations and substances that ECHA considers do not require registration, the Agency advises companies to check before proceeding. The list is available at http://apps.echa.europa.eu/preregistered/pre-registered-sub.aspx on ECHA’s website. {179288}

…New webpage on socio-economic analysis

Press release ECHA/NI/09/05 of 26 March 2009 publicizes a new webpage on socio-economic analyses in the restriction and authorisation processes of chemical substances under REACH. ECHA’s Socio-Economic Analysis and Risk Assessment Committees form opinions about the proposals for restriction or requests for authorisation that are then sent to the European Commission for a decision. Further information on activities in this area is available from ECHA (via http://echa.europa.eu/reach/sea_en.asp).

…IUCLID provides support for Chemical Safety Report preparation

To help companies in the preparation of sections 1-7 of Chemical Safety Reports (CSRs), which are required for substances manufactured or imported above 10 tonnes/year, the IUCLID software team has provided a CSR plug-in for version 5.1 of IUCLID. This allows extraction of data from a IUCLID dataset or dossier and generates a modifiable document in RTF or XML format, based on the ECHA CSR template. The CSR plug-in and user manuals can be downloaded (via http://iuclid.echa.europa.eu/index.php?fuseaction=home.news&type=public&id=19).

…Workshop report on authorisation

Summary proceedings, and workshop presentations, are now available of a meeting (held 21‑22 January 2009) at which representatives of ECHA, EU Member States and the European Commission discussed the implementation of the authorisation process under REACH (visit http://echa.europa.eu/doc/consultations/authorisation/authorisation_workshop_proceedings_20090121.pdf).

The above items were taken from the May 2009 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here for more details).

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