Inspectors in the EU to target REACH authorisation duties
The Enforcement Forum decided that its next major enforcement project will focus on REACH authorisation. The Forum also initiated a pilot project on recovered substances and announced that its pilot project on classification of mixtures will focus on detergents and cleaning products.
Public consultations on applications for authorisation launched
ECHA is looking for comments on 19 applications for authorisation covering 30 uses of:
4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated (EC-, CAS-); and
4-nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated (EC-, CAS-).
The substances are used in the production of various medical devices (e.g. in vitro diagnostic kits and reagents) and medicinal, biopharmaceuticals and laboratory products (e.g. active pharmaceutical ingredients); also used in the manufacture of interlayer polymer films for laminated safety glass.
More information about the uses that authorisation is applied for, including the description of the function of the substance, exposure scenarios, possible alternatives identified by the applicants, together with socio-economic information, is available on ECHA's website.
Webinar: REACH information requirements for nanomaterials – material published
The webinar explained what a nanoform is, how to build a set of similar nanoforms and how to fulfil data requirements for their characterisation. It also introduced new IUCLID fields for reporting nanoforms with practical examples.
The identity of the substance peroxyoctanoic acid (EC -, CAS 33734-57-5), which is a substance in the Review Programme for the use in disinfectants and algaecides not intended for direct application to humans or animals (product-type 2), veterinary hygiene (product-type 3), or the food and feed area (product-type 4) has been redefined to reaction mass of peracetic acid and peroxyoctanoic acid.
Notify us by 8 November 2020 to keep peroxyoctanoic acid in the approval process.
An updated list of those substance and product-type combinations for which a compliant notification for inclusion in the Review Programme has been made is available. It also includes the names of the notifying companies to help you collaborate when submitting an application for approval of the active substance and to help avoid unnecessary testing on animals.
SCIP database on hazardous substances in articles workshop
80 participants joined us in Helsinki and 300 followed online to discuss and share information on the practical implementation of our upcoming SCIP database on hazardous substances in articles. The workshop covered:
state of play of the project and IT implementation of the SCIP database;
break-out discussions on efficient notification procedures; and
how to make the data available to waste operators and consumers.
Identification of lead components to include exposure scenarios in the safety data sheet for mixtures
Working with the Lead Component IDentification Method (LCID) in the framework of the Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios (ENES) has been exemplified. A project report is now available, documenting the experience, providing criteria for choosing among the options for exposure scenario inclusion, and illustrating the outcome with seven mixture safety data sheet examples. The report is relevant for Chapter 7 Identification of Lead Components of the method's Practical Guide only.
Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios meets in November
The Twelfth Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios (ENES12) takes place on 21 November 2019 in Brussels. It will focus on demonstrating what can be achieved with the available supply chain communication tools developed under ENES. 150 representatives from industry (registrants, distributors, downstream formulators and end users), Member States, the Commission services and ECHA will participate. The final agenda and more information i available on the event page.
EU OSHA Healthy Workplaces Summit promotes best practice for managing dangerous substances at work
From 12 to 13 November 2019, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) welcomes European occupational safety and health (OSH) stakeholders to Bilbao, Spain, for the 2019 Healthy Workplaces Summit. After another successful 2-year campaign, this summit provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on lessons learned and share best practice for managing dangerous substances in the workplace. REACH and CLP play an important role in making the workplaces safer - more data available on our website.
Guest Corner: Chemical innovations for a circular economy
We invite stakeholders to contribute articles on their work and priorities related to chemicals in our everyday life in a new initiative that we call the Guest Corner.
Check the latest contribution where Isabelle Alenus, who works in Communications at FEICA, the Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry, explains how adhesives and sealants enable moresustainable products and enhance circularity along their life cycles.
Scientific committees at year end – agendas available
The agenda of the upcoming meetings of the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) are online. RAC meets from 25 to 28 November and from 3 to 5 December 2019; SEAC from 26 to 28 November and 3 to 5 December 2019.