ECHA provides advance notice on substances being considered for risk management
From now on, ECHA's website gives advance notice on the substances being considered by authorities for regulatory risk management, together with the routes that are being considered. The routes are for example harmonised classification and labelling, authorisation or restriction. The information is useful for many stakeholders, including manufacturers and importers of chemicals, downstream users and civil society.
Over 200 people have joined us today (24 September) from more than 28 countries here in Helsinki to learn more about the EU biocidal products legislation. The programme features the latest news from ECHA and the European Commission and experiences from European industry one year after the entry into operation of the new legislation. You will find the presentations on our website and a video recording of the conference will be available soon.
Follow the event live by webstream and join the discussion on Twitter #BiocidesDay.
ECHA publishes a Practical Guide on the Biocidal Products Regulation
ECHA has published a Practical Guide on the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). To help companies to better fulfil their obligations and tasks under the BPR, this Practical Guide is structured in sections describing what the principles behind each obligation are: who is concerned by the obligations; what are the relevant timelines and the deadlines; which are the information requirements; the procedure to follow and the expected results of the process. The guide also highlights the exceptions and particular cases for some of the processes. Finally, it lists the relevant fees for each obligation.
Additional chapters will follow in late October 2014.
ECHA calls for a new round of comments on the reproductive toxicity of acetochlor
ECHA is launching an additional public consultation on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) for reproductive toxicity of acetochlor (EC No 251-899-3, CAS No 34256-82-1). New comments on this hazard class are welcome.
New JRC report reviews available methods for assessing chemical safety
The JRC has published a state-of-the art review of non-animal methods and non-testing (computational) approaches that help promote the 3Rs (replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal experiments) in the safety assessment of chemicals. The report also includes many "non-standard" methods, e.g. in vitro methods and QSAR modelling that are not included in current regulatory guidelines. The report is of interest for companies that produce or market chemicals and consumer products. It provides a valuable resource for regulatory bodies and non-governmental organisations interested in the use of non-standard methods for enhanced safety testing. The review was completed by the JRC-based European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) within a collaboration agreement with ECHA.
Workshop discussing latest scientific developments in bioaccumulation research held at ECHA
The Long-range Research Initiative programme (LRI) of Cefic organised a workshop on 24 September at ECHA to discuss the latest key developments in bioaccumulation science. LRI also presented ongoing and finalised projects on bioaccumulation. The workshop aimed to evaluate current bioaccumulation assessment practices for organic chemicals and identify optimal assessment approaches based on the 'State of the Science'.
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Mixture classification and communicating safe use of mixtures. Advice for formulators and importers.
5 November 2014, 11:00 – 13:00 Helsinki Time (EEST, GMT +3)
This webinar is about the classification of mixtures and on how information on the safe use of mixtures 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.
In anticipation of the 2015 deadline for classifying mixtures according to CLP, this webinar describes the steps a supplier should take to (re)classify mixtures. It also describes how formulators can handle and communicate the information they receive in exposure scenarios for hazardous substances. The related REACH and CLP obligations are outlined and participants are guided to the wide range of support material that is available to help fulfil these obligations.