…REACH Regulation is amended (in Annex XI) and corrected

In order to clarify the criteria providing justification for the omission of substance testing, an amendment has been published to Annex XI of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 on REACH. Article 3(20)(c) of the Regulation (on phase-in substances) has also been the subject of a corrigendum.

[Commission Regulation (EC) No. 134/2009 of 16 February 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 XI. Official Journal of the European Union 2009, L46, 3 (available at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:046:0003:0005:EN:PDF). Corrigendum to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006. Official Journal of the European Union 2009, L36, 84 (available at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:036:0084:0084:EN:PDF).]
…Harmonised classification and labelling – epoxiconazole and diantimony trioxide

Under Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008, suppliers of chemicals (substances and mixtures) are legally obliged to evaluate the hazards of chemicals and to classify and label them appropriately before placing them on the market. In addition, Member State competent authorities or industry may ask for the classification and labelling of a substance to be harmonised across Europe. When proposals for these harmonisations are submitted, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is responsible for organising a public consultation period of 45 days. The first such proposals have now been submitted by Sweden on epoxiconazole (a fungicide) and diantimony trioxide (used as a flame retardant and glass additive, and in the manufacture of pigments and paints). Comments are invited by 9 April 2009; visit for further details. {181038‑9}

…First evaluation progress report published by ECHA

As required by Article 54 of the REACH Regulation, ECHA has issued a report covering the progress made in its evaluation tasks during 2008. Since only 94 registration dossiers were submitted, of which only ten passed the completeness check, the report is brief (four pages) but ECHA anticipates a larger number of dossiers will be evaluated during 2009, allowing it to provide recommendations to potential registrants in the next report.

[European Chemicals Agency. Evaluation Progress Report 2008. ECHA-09-R-01-EN, dated 27 February 2009 (available at http://echa.europa.eu/doc/progress_report_2008.pdf).]

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