…Annex XVII of REACH Regulation revised

Amendments have been made to Annex XVII, which imposes restrictions on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain dangerous substances, preparations and articles that pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment.

[Commission Regulation (EC) No. 552/2009 of 22 June 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards Annex XVII. Official Journal of the European Union 2009, L164, 7. Published 26 June 2009. Available at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:164:0007:0031:EN:PDF on the internet.] {182458}

…Draft guidance documents on Annex V exemptions and information requirements

When ECHA (the European Chemicals Agency) updates or develops new guidance, a consultation process takes place to hopefully iron out any shortcomings before the documents are finalised. The consultation procedure consists of three steps involving discussions with a Partner Expert Group (PEG; composed of experts from stakeholders, interested parties, the European Commission and Member State competent authorities), dialogue with ECHA Committees and/or the Forum, and a concluding consultation with the European Commission and Member State competent authorities. To ensure transparency, drafts at various stages of the procedure are being made available on the ECHA website (via http://guidance.echa.europa.eu/guidance4_en.htm). Three documents were listed in June 2009 as having reached the PEG stage – a guidance on applying the different exemptions for Annex V of the REACH Regulation, and two updated guidances relating to information requirements and chemical safety assessment (Chapter R. 12: use descriptor system, and Part D: exposure scenario building). {179540; 181234; 181248}

…Guidance in a Nutshell, for those allergic to reading complete works

As reported in ECHA press release ECHA/NA/09/09 of 24 June 2009, simplified versions (both dated 16 June 2009) of the full guidance documents have been published on “requirements for substances in articles” and “registration data and dossier handling”. ECHA warns that these Guidance in a Nutshell documents aim to explain certain aspects of REACH in simple terms and do not contain all the details available in the full guidance publications.

…Shape up for summer by getting active in a SIEF

ECHA reminds companies that intend to register a substance by 1 December 2010 that they need to join a SIEF (Substance Information Exchange Forum), and reports that the number of SIEFs has increased from 42 to 650 in the last 3 months (up to 7 July 2009). SIEFs are formed by companies that intend to register the same substance and are established to facilitate the exchange of information, to avoid duplication of new laboratory studies, and for agreement on appropriate classification and labelling. Couch potatoes can find further information on becoming active at on the ECHA website.

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

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