e-News - 26 March 2014

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

Substance evaluation

ECHA adopts substance evaluation plan for 2014 - 2016

The Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for 2014-2016 is available on ECHA website. The update contains 120 substances that will be reviewed by 21 Member States under the substance evaluation process of REACH. CoRAP now includes 53 newly selected substances and 67 substances from the update published last year.

Press release | CoRAP 2014-2016

RAC delivers sixteen CLH opinions

Among the new CLH opinions there are: eight anticoagulant rodenticides, bisphenol A and biocidal products used in pharmaceutics, agriculture and households including boric acid and disodiumoctaborate tetrahydrate.

News alert

ECHA next week

Workshop on Compliance check 2014-2018
31 March - 1 April 2014

RAC and SEAC agree on new opinions on restriction and authorisation

ECHA's Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted an opinion on the restriction proposal of lead in consumer articles submitted by Sweden. SEAC and the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) agreed on several draft opinions for applications for authorisation of phthalates.

News alert

New features included in ECHA's dissemination database

The database of registered substances has been updated with information from 634 new dossiers. At the same time, there are new features published. From now on, ECHA will also indicate whether a registration is active or not and the first publication date of each dossier.

News alert

CLH consultation launched on the substance diisobutyl phthalate

ECHA has started a 45-day public commenting period on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposal for diisobutyl phthalate. The substance has a harmonised classification, and the dossier submitter, Germany, is proposing a removal of the specific concentration limits for reproductive toxicity. The deadline for submitting comments is 9 May 2014.

Current consultations

Two new intentions for harmonised classification and labelling have been added to the Registry of Intentions

The new substances are: hexaflumuron and cyflumetofen.

Registry of Intentions

One new appeal

The Board of Appeal has published an announcement concerning one new appeal.

Appeal announcements

Upcoming in April: New terms and conditions for REACH-IT clarify communication

A new version of REACH-IT, which will go live mid-April, will bring significant changes to all users - especially on how they receive decisions and other communications from ECHA. These changes include an email address validation and new terms and conditions to be accepted by each user before the company account can be accessed. A factsheet is now available to explain more.

Factsheet – Improving communication through REACH-IT | REACH-IT

Assessing exposure and risk characterisation of nanomaterials – best practice for REACH registrants

ECHA has published generic recommendations for the exposure assessment and risk characterisation of nanomaterials under REACH. The best practice document is based on the outcome of the third and last GAARN meeting, which was held on 30 September 2013. The Group Assessing Already Registered Nanomaterials discussed assessing and managing the safety of nanomaterials under the REACH Regulation. ECHA reminds the registrants that dossiers need to be updated with new nano-specific studies as scientific knowledge is progressing.

Best practice document | Nanomaterials webinar

Illustrative examples with the OECD QSAR Toolbox workflow published

ECHA has published illustrative examples to promote the use of the OECD QSAR Toolbox for the 2018 deadline. The Toolbox is a software that offers the possibility for grouping of substances and filling of data gaps for hazard endpoints. The documents illustrate the application of a rather standard workflow. The aim is to increase the repeatability of the operations and reproducibility of the results obtained with the OECD QSAR Toolbox.

QSAR toolbox


What applicants need to know about technical equivalence and chemical similarity – materials available

21 March, 11:00 – 13:00 EET, GMT +2

The first biocides webinar describes the technical equivalence and chemical similarity processes and explains their differences. It also gives advice to applicants on how to get the technical equivalence/chemical similarity of their active substance assessed. Presentations and recordings are now available on our website.


How to ensure the safe use of nanomaterials under REACH - Part III: Current best practices for human health and environmental exposure assessment and risk characterisation for nanomaterials – register now

31 March, 11:00 – 13:00 EET, GMT +2

This webinar provides feedback to registrants on how to submit information on chemical substances in the technical dossier to ECHA in compliance with REACH.

Agenda | Register

Fifth seminar on applications for authorisation - 28-29 April 2014 - register now

From 28 to 29 April 2014, ECHA will host a new edition of this event which already took place in the three previous years. The aim is to raise the overall understanding of potential applicants on the authorisation application procedure through presentations, discussions and feedback from industry.

The registration will continue until all open seats are filled.

More information | Register

Ongoing consultations

Start: 18 February 2014
Deadline: 4 April 2014
68 testing proposals

Start: 3 March 2014
Deadline: 17 April 2014
36 testing proposals

Start: 21 March 2014
Deadline: 5 May 2014
24 testing proposals

Identification of substances of very high concern

Start: 3 March 2014
Deadline: 17 April 2014
4 substances

Draft recommendation of substances for the Authorisation List

No ongoing consultations

Harmonised classification and labelling

Start: 11 February 2014
Deadline: 28 March 2014
1 CLH proposal

Start: 5 March 2014
Deadline: 22 April 2014
3 CLH proposals

Start: 18 March 2014
Deadline: 2 May 2014
1 CLH proposal

Start: 25 March 2014
Deadline: 9 May 2014
1 CLH proposal


Start: not set
Deadline: 30 April 2014
1 call for evidence

Start: 17 December 2013
Deadline: 17 June 2014
1 restriction proposal

Start: 19 March 2014
Deadline: 19 September 2014
2 restriction proposals

Applications for authorisation

Start: 12 February 2014
Deadline: 9 April 2014
16 substances

Biocides consultation

Start: 10 February 2014
Deadline: 11 April 2014
6 consultations

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