e-News - 25 March 2015



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


ECHA focuses on substances that matter most

Together with the Member States and the European Commission, ECHA is focusing its efforts on the substances that matter most for human health and the environment. According to the first annual report on SVHC Roadmap implementation, hundreds of substances were reviewed in 2014.

Press Release | SVHC Roadmap Annual Report

Substances of potential concern web pages revamped

The ECHA web section concerning substances of potential concern has been revamped to include more information on the various processes involved. The web pages for screening have been restructured and extended to explain the common screening approach developed by ECHA and the Member State competent authorities in more detail. Updates were also made to the SVHC Roadmap pages, which now contain the recently published first annual report on the progress of implementing the Roadmap.

Substances of potential concern

ECHA next week

ECHA will be closed on Good Friday 3 April 2015 and Easter Monday 6 April 2015

Are you affected by changes to reproductive toxicity tests?

ECHA encourages registrants, especially those with pending testing proposals, to familiarise themselves with the amended information requirement for reproductive toxicity.

News alert | Amended REACH annexes | Guidance (under update)

Summary of Product Characteristic (SPC) editor updated

An updated version of the Summary of Product Characteristic (SPC) editor to support biocidal product authorisations is now available.

News item | SPC editor | SPC editor web page

Are you a notifier? Then agree on the classification and labelling of your substances

In collaboration with the European Commission, Cefic, Eurometaux and FECC, ECHA launched a pilot project to encourage notifiers to agree on the classification and labelling of substances. The notifiers of approximately 100 substances were contacted and asked to compare the notifications they have made with the harmonised classification or with the notifications provided by other notifiers, as published in the C&L Inventory.

If there is a disagreement on the self-classification, the parties are invited to use ECHA's web-based discussion forum, the C&L Platform, where notifiers and registrants of the same substance can come into contact and agree on a self-classification and labelling of their substance.

In the first three weeks of the exercise, already more than 30 of these discussions have been initiated on the pilot project substances. The registrants and notifiers of other substances are also invited to check the notifications and where needed to use the C&L Platform.

C&L Platform | C&L Inventory

No new restriction proposal on cadmium in plastics

ECHA has published its assessment of the use of cadmium and its compounds in plastic materials not covered by entry 23 of the REACH Restriction List (Annex XVII). The report analyses the use of cadmium in plastics and gives the reasons for not proposing a restriction at this stage.

European Commission's requests to ECHA


Register now: How to identify complex substances in REACH?

27-28 April 2015, Brussels

The European Commission organises a two-day workshop focusing on the challenges companies have in identifying complex substances for REACH registration. The event will bring together stakeholders such as REACH consortia, industry associations and individual registrants as well as competent authorities, the national REACH helpdesks, ECHA and the European Commission.

All organisations whose members need to know about identification of complex substances under REACH are invited to participate and to contribute to the discussions. The registration is now open through the link below.

The workshop will be web streamed. The video recording as well as presented material will be available on the European Commission's website after the event.

Workshop | Registration

Topical Scientific Workshop on Soil Risk Assessment

7-8 October 2015, Helsinki

The first announcement of the workshop has been published on the event page on ECHA's website. Experts in soil risk assessment can express their interest in participating by 15 April using the expression of interest form. Participation will be by invitation only.

Event page | Expressions of interest

Ongoing consultations

Start: 16 February 2015
Deadline: 2 April 2015

21 testing proposals

Start: 16 March 2015
Deadline: 30 April 2015

16 testing proposals

Identification of substances of very high concern

Start: 2 March 2015
Deadline: 16 April 2015

2 SVHC proposals

Draft recommendation of substances for the Authorisation List

No ongoing consultations

Harmonised classification and labelling

Start: 10 February 2015
Deadline: 27 March 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 18 February 2015
Deadline: 7 April 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 10 March 2015
Deadline: 24 April 2015

1 CLH proposal


Start: 17 December 2014
Deadline: 17 June 2015
1 restriction proposal

Start: 18 March 2015
Deadline: 18 May 2015
1 consultation on SEAC draft opinion

Start: 18 March 2015
Deadline: 18 September 2015
1 restriction proposal

Applications for authorisation

Start: 11 February 2015
Deadline: 8 April 2015

1 consultation

Biocides consultation

Start: 9 February 2015
Deadline: 10 April 2015

2 active substances

European Chemicals Agency
P.O.Box 400 FI-00121 Helsinki, Finland