e-News - 29 October 2014

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

REACH and Cosmetics Regulation

Clarity on interface between REACH and the Cosmetics Regulation

Substances used in cosmetic products may need to be registered under REACH but, under certain circumstances registrants may not have to carry out new tests on animals. Answers to questions on the interface between REACH and the Cosmetics Regulation are available on ECHA's website.

News alert | Factsheet | Questions & Answers

ECHA next week

Forum-19 meeting
4-7 November 2014

ECHA's administrative charges will change

At the beginning of October, the General Court annulled the Agency's decision to impose an administrative charge on a company for checking its company's size. ECHA has looked carefully at the Court's judgement and has considered what changes it should make to bring the charging practice into line with the Court's decision. ECHA's Management Board will discuss the changes to the charges at their meeting in December.

News item

New Summary Product Characteristic (SPC) editor for biocides authorisation

ECHA has launched a new online tool, the SPC editor, to be used by companies and authorities for the authorisation of products and product families under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR).

News alert | Summary Product Characteristic (SPC) editor web page

Multi-Annual Work Programme of the Forum 2014-2018 published

The Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement (Forum) has recentlly published its Multi-Annual Work Programme for the period 2014-2018.

MAWP of the Forum 2014-2018 consultations

New CLH consultations launched on salicylic acid and dichlofluanid

ECHA has started a 45-day public commenting period on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposal for the industrial chemical salicylic acid, and the biocide dichlofluanid.

The CLH proposals for salicylic acid (EC number 200-712-3) was submitted by the company Novacyl S.A.S. The substance, which is used among others in cosmetics, cleaning agents, fertilizer formulations and tyre manufacturing and retreading, does not have a harmonised classification. The dossier submitter is proposing classification for acute toxicity and eye damage, but data is provided for other hazard classes as well. Dichlofluanid (EC number 214-118-7) is used in the EU as a biocidal active substance in wood preservatives, film preservatives and antifouling products. The substance has already a harmonised classification, and the dossier submitter, the UK, is proposing to revise the classification for skin sensitisation and remove the minimum classification for acute toxicity (inhalation). The final date for submitting comments for the two proposals is 12 December 2014.

Ongoing consultations

Final chance to tell us how you feel about our website

We recently launched our website user satisfaction survey and want to know your opinions about our website and its content. The survey will close next week on Tuesday and so this is your last opportunity to give your feedback. We really want to encourage you to take part as your input is valuable to us and will help us to improve the website in the coming years. You can access the survey on the ECHA website homepage, through the banner above or through the link below.

The survey will close at the end of business on 4 November 2014.

Website user satisfaction survey


Webinar on mixture classification and communicating safe use of mixtures – log into the webinar on time

5 November 2014, 11:00 – 13:00 Helsinki Time (EEST, GMT +2)

We expect 1 000 participants, so log into the webinar in due time, even a few minutes earlier. If you leave it to the last moment or log in after the webinar has started you might face some delays.

Due to the high demand, we will organise a re-run of the webinar at a later date. The recording of the webinar will be played and you will have the possibility to ask questions to our specialists during this time. The exact date of the re-run will be communicated through our e-News and published on the ECHA website as soon as possible. We thank you for your understanding and hope you find the webinar useful.

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 for mixtures.

In anticipation of the 2015 deadline for classifying mixtures according to CLP, the 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 their obligations.

Draft agenda | Webinars

Ongoing consultations

Start: 18 September 2014
Deadline: 3 November 2014

47 testing proposals

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: 26 September 2014
10 November 2014
4 CLH proposals

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 (new)


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

No ongoing consultations

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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