…ECHA unveils web pages for REACH 2018

To encourage companies to prepare for the 31 May 2018 REACH deadline (for substances manufactured or imported into Europe in volumes of 1 to 100 tonnes per year), ECHA has published web pages improving access to relevant information on registration.

European Chemicals Agency (2014). REACH 2018 web pages unveiled. ECHA/PR/14/16. http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/reach-2018-web-pages-unveiled


…ECHA alerts on substances being considered for risk management

A newly available page on ECHA’s website provides notice on the substances currently being considered by the authorities for regulatory risk management (e.g. harmonised classification and labelling, authorisation or restriction). The information is provided by the ‘Public Activities Coordination Tool’ (PACT), which lists the substances to be addressed and risk management options being considered.

European Chemicals Agency (2014). ECHA provides advance notice on substances being considered for risk management. ECHA/PR/14/13. http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/echa-provides-advance-notice-on-substances-being-considered-for-risk-management


…Proposals for harmonised classification and labelling

Under Regulation (EC) 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 submitted by the French, German, Spanish, Norwegian and UK authorities to standardise the classification and labelling of cyanamide, dibutyltin dilaurate, fipronil, 8-hydroxyquinoline and triadimenol.

European Chemicals Agency. CLH reports. Proposals for harmonised classification and labelling based on Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation), Annex VI, Part 2.

Cyanamide. Version 2. August 2014. http://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/ae082560-4c88-4b01-8ddc-0bc0c1e37b52

Dibutyltin dilaurate. Version 2. September 2014. http://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/ba9a8397-291a-432b-aeb4-534a2452c046 Fipronil. Version 1. June 2014. http://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/60053942-a3fb-4908-ba49-3ccf0ad72d19

8-Hydroxyquinoline. Version 3. September 2014. http://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/e5b072dc-dd1d-4f1f-8bba-e034ec94736d

Triadimenol. Version 2. September 2014. http://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/5286ecc0-af56-430e-b896-c2bebdf01faa


…ECHA issues two ‘calls for evidence’ on proposed restrictions for D4 and D5

Interested parties are invited to comment on plans by the UK authorities to submit restriction proposals on two organosilicon substances, octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5), based on concerns over their persistence and bioaccumulative nature. Background documents on these properties have been made available.

European Chemicals Agency (2014). Calls for evidence. Relevant documents available via the links below.




…Other items of interest

Draft updates of ECHA’s guidance on information requirements and chemical safety assessment (IR&CSA), chapter R.7a (sections related to irritation/corrosion, and reproductive/developmental toxicity) sent to Partner Expert Group (PEG). http://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/13643/ir_csa_r7a_irritation_peg_draft_201410_en.pdf


Testing proposals involving vertebrate animals: request for information from third parties on over 20 substances (deadline 1 December).



The above items were taken from the November 2014 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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