Get ready for the last registration deadline for chemicals
All chemical substances produced or imported in the European Economic Area between 1 and 100 tonnes a year need to be registered by 31 May 2018 with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). This is the last deadline for existing chemicals under the REACH Regulation. It will complete the gathering of data on substances manufactured or used in Europe, and will ultimately improve human health and the environment.
Survey to improve the substance evaluation process
ECHA will launch a survey in July about the substance evaluation process under REACH. The survey will be sent to the Member State competent authorities, Member State Committee members, accredited stakeholder organisations who are observers at the Member State Committee, the Commission and to a sample of those registrants whose substances have been included in the Community rolling action plan. The results will feed into the substance evaluation workshop in November 2015 and to the report on the operation of REACH in 2016.
The survey will be conducted by AMEC Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, UK. ECHA hopes to have a high response rate and constructive suggestions for improvements.
Public consultation launched on the proposed restriction of two substances used in personal care products
The United Kingdom is proposing a restriction for personal care products, that are washed off in normal use, if they contain more than 0.1% by weight octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) or decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5).
This public consultation is open from 18 June 2015 to 18 December 2015. ECHA's scientific committees welcome early comments by 1 September 2015 to assist them with their initial discussions. The committees have posed several questions on aspects of the proposal where they wish to receive additional information.
eChemPortal upgraded with improved access to information on chemicals classifications
The OECD eChemPortal, a web portal which offers comprehensive information on chemical substances, has been updated to offer better access to chemical classifications. The classifications follow the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), which the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation is based on.
A new search by GHS classification allows users to view classifications, which have undergone a review by a regulatory body or an intergovernmental organisation. The first data sources linked to through this search are the C&L Inventory of ECHA and the GHS Classification Results by the Japanese Government.
ECHA contributes to the project management of the eChemPortal, in cooperation with the OECD, and is one of the main data providers to the portal.
The Board of Appeal asks anybody considering lodging an appeal to take into account the new appeal fees that are applicable following the entry into force on 25 June 2015 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/864. The latest appeal fees are set out in Annex VIII of that Regulation.
Introduction to OECD QSAR Toolbox webinar – presentations and recording available online
17 June 2015, 11:00-14:00 Helsinki
The webinar provides an introduction to the OECD QSAR Toolbox and its functionalities. Two examples cover endpoints which will be relevant for the REACH registration deadline in 2018 (e.g. skin sensitisation, aquatic toxicity). The Toolbox is the most comprehensive, widely recognised and freely available platform for data gap filling in regulatory hazard assessment, while avoiding tests. It is used for grouping chemicals into categories, identifying and filling (eco-)toxicological data gaps for the hazard assessment of chemicals.