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1 in 4 imported products found to be non-compliant with REACH and CLP

A pilot project by ECHA’s Enforcement Forum examining imports of products into the EU has found that 23 % of inspected products were non-compliant with REACH and CLP. Some imports contained illegal amounts of hazardous substances that are restricted in the EU, while others had incorrect hazard labelling – which could compromise their safe use and put citizens’ health at risk if they enter the market.

ECHA’s committees back restricting over 1 000 skin sensitising chemicals used in clothing and other articles
The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) supports France and Sweden’s proposal to restrict the use of skin sensitising substances in clothing, footwear and other articles with similar skin contact. If adopted, the restriction will prevent many people from developing new skin allergies while also relieving the symptoms of many of those who already have them. This is expected to result in health benefits equivalent to at least €708 million per year.
Working on the world’s broadest restriction of intentional uses of microplastics
ECHA’s proposal to restrict intentionally-added microplastics is the most comprehensive restriction initiative in the world for reducing emissions from intentional uses of microplastics. Following an extensive consultation in 2019, the Agency has updated its proposal while remaining independent and following a transparent and evidence-based scientific approach.


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Applications for authorisation
Consultations: 11
  • Start date: 12/08/2020
  • Deadline: 07/10/2020
Identification of substances of very high concern
Substances: 2
  • Start date: 01/09/2020
  • Deadline: 16/10/2020
Restriction proposals: 1
  • Start date: 25/03/2020
  • Deadline: 25/09/2020
Testing proposals
Testing proposals: 6
  • Start date: 24/08/2020
  • Deadline: 08/10/2020
Testing proposals: 29
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Deadline: 05/11/2020


Harmonised classification and labelling
CLH proposals: 5
  • Start date: 03/08/2020
  • Deadline: 02/10/2020
CLH proposals: 5
  • Start date: 24/08/2020
  • Deadline: 23/10/2020
CLH proposals: 1
  • Start date: 14/09/2020
  • Deadline: 13/11/2020


Potential candidates for substitution
Active substance: 2
  • Start date: 28/08/2020
  • Deadline: 27/10/2020


Public consultations on OEL proposal
OEL proposals: 1
  • Start date: 14/09/2020
  • Deadline: 12/11/2020


There are currently no ongoing consultations.

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