e-News - 24 September 2014

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Risk management

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.

Press release | PACT

ECHA next week

BPC-7 meeting
30 September - 2 October 2014

Biocides Stakeholders' Day today in Helsinki

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.

Webstream | Programme | List of speakers | Event page

Official Article 95 list published

Following a correction exercise of the provisional list of active substances and suppliers, the first official Article 95 list is now available on ECHA's website.

Press release | List of active substances and suppliers

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.

News alert | Practical Guide

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.

News alert

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.

JRC report | Abstract

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'.

CEFIC's event web page | CEFIC's press statement

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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.


Ongoing consultations

Start: 14 August 2014
Deadline: 28 September 2014

50 testing proposals

Start: 18 September 2014
Deadline: 3 November 2014

47 testing proposals

Identification of substances of very high concern

Start: 1 September 2014
Deadline: 16 October 2014

10 substances

Draft recommendation of substances for the Authorisation List

Start: 1 September 2014
Deadline: 30 November 2014

22 substances

Harmonised classification and labelling

Start: 12 August 2014
Deadline: 26 September 2014
1 CLH proposal

Start: 9 September 2014
Deadline: 24 October 2014
2 CLH proposals


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

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: 13 August 2014
Deadline: 8 October 2014
3 consultations

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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