…Proposals for harmonised classification and labelling

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 (ECHA) organises a public consultation period of 45 days. Under this scheme, proposals have been recently submitted by the Austrian, German and UK authorities to standardise the classification of six compounds: cycloxydim, fenoxycarb, methyl 2,5-dichlorobenzoate, benzoic acid, thixatrol MAX and tralkoxydim. Visit to view the background scientific reports, obtain further information, or comment on these proposals (by 1 or 14 October 2011). {188414-6; 188458-60}

…Consultations for substances of very high concern (SVHCs)

Member State competent authorities and ECHA may prepare Annex XV dossiers for SVHCs, as defined in Article 57 of the REACH regulation. SVHCs include substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR), persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB). The latest Annex XV dossiers, released by ECHA and the Austrian, French, German, Norwegian and Slovakian authorities, cover a number of lead, arsenic and chromium compounds, refractory ceramic fibres, various aniline derivatives, and several other organic compounds (phenolphthalein, N,N-dimethyl acetamide, bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether, 1,2‑dichloroethane, 4-tert-octylphenol and bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate). Dated 29 August 2011, these documents are available on the ECHA website, with comments welcomed by 13 October 2011 (visit . {188461-80}

…Guidance from ECHA on safety data sheets

ECHA has finalised its guidance on the compilation of safety data sheets (SDSs). This guidance, which is dated September 2011, provides information on the requirements to be included in each section of an SDS, and the issues to consider when compiling an SDS (access the ECHA website at http://guidance.echa.europa.eu/docs/guidance_document/sds_en.pdf for more details). {184730}

…Other REACH items of interest

IUCLID version 5.3.1 is now available, comprising bug fixes and new functionalities (http://iuclid.eu/index.php?fuseaction=home.news&type=public&id=53).

The IUCLID Technical Completeness Check (TTC) plug-in 5.3.1 includes substance identity checks for inquiry dossiers (http://echa.europa.eu/news/na/201108/na_11_34_tcc_update_20110819.asp).

Version 1.2 of ECHA’s chemical safety and report tool Chesar is now available (http://echa.europa.eu/news/na/201108/na_11_32_chesar_20110805_en.asp).

ECHA has issued new example exposure scenarios (http://echa.europa.eu/news/na/201108/na_11_36_example_scenarios_20110831_en.asp).

New guidance on the Scope of Exposure Assessment published by ECHA (http://echa.europa.eu/news/na/201108/na_11_35_scope_exp_assessment_20110831_en.asp). {181232}

Guidance on labelling and packaging in accordance with EC Regulation No. 1272/2008 is now available in 22 EU languages (http://guidance.echa.europa.eu/guidance_en.htm).

Testing proposals involving vertebrate animals: request for information from third parties on over 60 substances (16 August 2011; 2 September 2011) (http://echa.europa.eu/consultations/test_proposals/test_prop_cons_en.asp?consultations_status=current).

Three new chemicals submitted to ECHA’s registry of intentions for Annex XV dossiers ).

ECHA urges registrants to verify compliance with data sharing and joint submission obligations (http://echa.europa.eu/news/na/201108/na_11_33_same_substance_registrants_20110810.asp).

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

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