e-News - 12 November 2014




ECHA e-News is a weekly update from the European Chemicals Agency


Restrictions are focus of new enforcement project

At their recent plenary meeting, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement decided that its next major project will focus on enforcing REACH Annex XVII restrictions. The scope and individual restrictions to be covered will be confirmed in early 2015. Inspections will then take place during 2016 and the final report will become available in 2017.

Press release

ECHA next week

ENES 7, Brussels
18-19 November 2014

Biocides Working Group
18-21 November 2014


ECHA has updated information on the Candidate List substances in articles for consumer use

On 11 November 2014, the non-confidential information on the Candidate List substances in articles has been updated. This update includes information from the 328 notifications and from registration dossiers received by ECHA until 23 September 2014, for substances included in the Candidate List on 16 December 2013 and earlier.

This consists of examples of articles containing those substances, which can be available for consumer use on the EU market. Under certain conditions, importers and producers of articles have to submit notifications of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in articles to ECHA, no later than six months after the inclusion of the substance in the Candidate List.

Information on Candidate List substances in articles | Use your right to ask | Obligations for articles containing Candidate List substances

New guidelines for structuring exposure scenario short titles for communication

To harmonise the exposure scenario short titles communicated in the supply chain, Cefic, DUCC and ECHA have developed an approach for generating them in a structured and consistent way. The document is useful for registrants who generate extended safety data sheets and for downstream users who need to determine whether an exposure scenario covers their uses. Providers of software applications for extended safety data sheets can also implement the guidelines in their systems.

The work has taken place in the context of the CSR/ES Roadmap.

DUCC news item | CSR/ES Roadmap

ECHA welcomes information on alternatives to trichloroethylene (TCE) uses.

ECHA has received twelve applications for authorisation for 17 uses of trichloroethylene (TCE) (EC No. 201-167-4).

ECHA's website gives further 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.


The consultation period closes on 7 January 2015 (23:59 Helsinki time)

Ongoing consultations

Languages required for labels and safety data sheets

As a rule, labels and safety data sheets (SDS) must be written in the official language(s) of the Member State(s) where a substance or mixture is placed on the market. To facilitate this task, ECHA has published a table of languages to be used on labels and in SDS, as required in each EEA country.

Languages required for labels and safety data sheets

Reminder to exporters: Avoid the peak time for PIC notifications

The end of the year will bring a notification peak for exporters under PIC. Please submit your notifications in due time to ensure that exports can take place without interruption in 2015.

Export notification procedure

New chemicals introduced in Annex I of PIC

The amendment introducing changes to the concerned chemicals listed in Annex I will enter into force on 1 December 2014. In order to export the new chemicals after the date, you can already now submit notifications in ePIC.

Amendment to Annex I of PIC


Webinar on mixture classification and communicating safe use of mixtures – materials available and registration for the re-run open

8 December 2014, 12:00 – 14:00 Helsinki Time (EST, GMT +2)

The presentations and the video recording of the webinar that took place on 5 November are now available on our website.

Due to the high demand, we will organise a re-run of the same webinar on 8 December, 12:00 – 14:00 Helsinki Time (EST, GMT +2). The video recording will be played and you will have the possibility to ask questions in writing to our specialists during this time.

The webinar covers the classification of mixtures and how information on their safe use can be communicated in the supply chain. It aims to help formulators and importers understand and implement their obligations according to the REACH and CLP regulations relating to mixtures.

Register for the re-run | Presentations | Recording

Ongoing consultations

Start: 16 October 2014
Deadline: 1 December 2014

33 testing proposals

Identification of substances of very high concern

No ongoing consultations

Draft recommendation of substances for the Authorisation List

Start: 1 September 2014
Deadline: 30 November 2014

22 substances

Harmonised classification and labelling

Start: 14 October 2014
28 November 2014

1 CLH proposal

Start: 21 October 2014
5 December 2014

3 CLH proposals

Start: 28 October 2014
12 December 2014

2 CLH proposals


Start: 16 September 2014
Deadline: 14 November 2014
2 consultations on SEAC draft opinion

Start: 15 October 2014
Deadline: 29 November 2014

2 calls for evidence

Start: 18 June 2014
Deadline: 18 December 2014
2 restriction proposals

Start: 17 September 2014
Deadline: 17 March 2015
1 restriction proposal

Applications for authorisation

Start: 12 November 2014
Deadline: 7 January 2015
17 consultations (new)

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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