Review of analytical methods applicable to environmental fate studies
ECHA commissioned a report which provides a critical literature review of the feasibility of analytical methods that are applicable to environmental fate studies (e.g. OECD Test Guidelines 305, 307, 308 and 309) in the context of the persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent, very bioaccumulative (vPvB) assessment of substances.
The report summarises the recent scientific developments, describes the pros and cons of available analytical tools and aims to give guidance on how to improve the quality of the data obtained from environmental fate studies.
ECHA’s guidance update is expected to include more information on available methodologies.
1,4-dioxane (EC 204-661-8, CAS 123-91-1). The substance is used in laboratory chemicals, pH regulators, water treatment products and as a solvent for the manufacture of other chemicals;
glutaral (EC 203-856-5, CAS 111-30-8). The substance is used as a biocide, in leather tanning and in X-ray film processing. A call for evidence to support a potential restriction proposal will be launched in the coming weeks for this substance and will be announced separately at that time; and
Watch our webinar on poison centre notification: best practice from start to market
31 March 2021, 11:00 – 13:00 (Helsinki time)
This webinar will give advice on how to prepare poison centre notifications, particularly for those of you who are new to dossier preparation, have failing validation rules or need to update your notifications. The tips were put together from real cases received by our support team.
No registration is required. The webinar will be accessible from our home page on the day of the event at 11:00 (Helsinki time). A Q&A chat will take place from 11:00 to 13:00 (Helsinki time). You can join it here.
EUCLEF expanded with 16 additional pieces of legislation
The EU Chemicals Legislation Finder's (EUCLEF) scope has expanded and now gives an overview of 56 pieces of EU legislation on chemicals. Among other areas, the additions cover pesticides, end-of-life vehicles, food contact materials, medical devices, and health and safety at work.
EUCLEF is free of charge and fully integrated with the Search for chemicals on ECHA’s website. Users can also send questions about the covered pieces of legislation to the EUCLEF Helpdesk. EUCLEF is funded by the EU Programme for Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME).
Nordic Council of Ministers publishes report on quality criteria for environmental release information
Specific environmental release categories (SPERCs) provide REACH registrants with information on releases of substances during downstream uses and how the releases can be controlled.
Industry sector organisations publish this information through ECHA's use map library and has also now developed a tool to check the quality of the SPERCs documenation.
On behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers, a Member State working group has now tested this tool for 27 SPERCs. Though identifying some room for improvement, the overall conclusion was that the quality tool works in practice and can help to improve the quality of SPERCs across industry.
Call for tender to develop a guidance on the impact of water treatment processes on people's health
EFSA has launched an open call for tender to support it and ECHA to develop guidance on the impact of water treatment processes on public health. The guidance is expected to help identify concerns to people’s health from exposure to harmful compounds generated when raw water is treated to produce drinking water. Check the details on eTendering.
Workshop: safe and sustainable-by-design criteria for chemicals, materials and products
The European Commission is organising a safe and sustainable-by-design workshop in the framework of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It aims to inform stakeholders on the planned steps for developing the safe and sustainable-by-design criteria, to initiate a first exchange of views with all interested parties, and to gather feedback from stakeholders on the presented steps and first developments on the safe and sustainable-by-design concept.
The workshop will take place on 19 March 2021. Register by 16 March 2021.