Be aware of false invitations - check that the lead registrant is credible
ECHA has received reports of companies falsely claiming to be lead registrants for certain substances. Potential registrants should, therefore, not accept invitations to prepare a joint registration from individual companies who are not following the rules of the REACH Regulation.
Improving how substances are evaluated
An external report suggests that further improvements can be made to substance evaluation under REACH. While significant advances have been made, the report recommends changes to improve workability and efficient use of resources for registrants and authorities.
Restriction on cadmium in paints extended
The existing restriction on cadmium (EC 231-152-8; CAS 7440-43-9) and cadmium compounds in paints has been extended. The restriction was published in the EU's Official Journal on 16 February 2016.
Official Journal | More on cadmium
Two new intentions to identify substances of very high concern
France intends to propose 4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A; BPA) (EC 201-245-8; CAS 80-05-7) as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) by 8 August 2016. By the same date, the Netherlands also intends to propose benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2-anhydride (trimellitic anhydride; TMA) (EC 209-008-0; CAS 552-30-7) as an SVHC.
SVHC intentions | Submitted SVHC proposals
Biocides Apply for approval of active substances used for treating articles by 1 September 2016
The deadline to apply for the approval of active substances which are used in treated articles and not yet in the approval process is 1 September 2016. Companies will need to submit a complete dossier on the active substance to ECHA through R4BP 3 by this date to continue to place a treated article on the EU market.
Board of Appeal New appeals
The Board of Appeal has published announcements concerning two new appeals. Case A-026-2015 concerns a substance evaluation decision. Case A-001-2016 concerns a decision on data-sharing under the Biocidal Products Regulation.
Downstream users Do you give presentations on REACH, CLP and downstream users?
Five presentations have just been updated which describe how REACH and CLP affect downstream users of chemicals. With graphics and speaking notes, they are suitable for managers; workers; occupational health and safety professionals; industry groups and authorities. Select the slides to match your talk and adapt them as necessary to suit your audience.
Calls for information Public consultation on cyanamide and PHMB
ECHA has launched a public consultation on two substances as potential candidates for substitution:
- PHMB (CAS 27083-27-8 and CAS 32289-58-0) used for the disinfection of drinking water for humans and animals in product-type 5
- cyanamide (EC 206-992-3; CAS 420-04-2) used for veterinary hygiene in product-type 3 and as an insecticide in product-type 18.
The consultations are open until 21 April 2016.
Give comments | All ECHA's open consultations
Events Next week: REACH 2018 webinar on how to get organised with your co-registrants
Register for this webinar particularly if you are registering a substance for the first time and do not have previous experience on substance information exchange forum (SIEF) activities and data sharing. The webinar is on 2 March 2016 11:00-12:00 (Helsinki time).
Register | REACH 2018 Stakeholders' Day 24-25 May - register now!
On 25 May, you will hear the latest updates from ECHA, industry associations and NGOs focusing mainly on the 2018 REACH registration deadline. On 24 May, you can get hands-on training on ECHA's revamped IT tools. The event can also be followed online, but come in person to benefit from one-to-one meetings with our experts, IT tool training and the Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) organised back-to-back with our event: 26-27 May. Stakeholders' Day participants can benefit from a reduced registration fee for the HCF if you register using the code: "SHD2016".
Event page | Register | Programme | HCF