e-News - 3 September 2014





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


ECHA's proposal to add new substances to the Authorisation List is now in public consultation

ECHA has launched a public consultation on its draft recommendation of new substances to be included in the Authorisation List. Comments can be submitted by 30 November 2014.

In parallel, ECHA facilitates a call by the European Commission on the possible socio-economic consequences of the inclusion of these substances in Annex XIV.

Consultation for recommendation on inclusion in the Authorisation List | Candidate List

ePIC – a new IT-tool for exporters and importers of certain hazardous chemicals

The new ePIC tool will fully replace the European Commission tool, EDEXIM, which is currently used for operations under the Prior Informed Consent Regulation (PIC). ePIC enables exporters, importers, Member States, the European Commission, customs and ECHA to play their roles in managing the export and import of very hazardous chemicals.

ePIC page | ePIC login

New public consultation launched on identification of substances of very high concern

ECHA has launched a public consultation on ten proposals to identify new substances of very high concern (SVHCs). The deadline for submitting information is 16 October 2014.


New restriction Q&As (Annex XVII to REACH)

ECHA has prepared, in collaboration with the Commission services, both new and updated Questions and Answers (Q&As) on restrictions related to toys and childcare articles. They provide general definitions that apply for all restriction entries of Annex XVII to the REACH Regulation. In addition, clarifications are provided for phthalates restrictions.  The new and updated Q&As are: 748, 982, 983, 984 and 985.

The restriction Q&As provide guidance concerning the implementation of the restriction entries in Annex XVII to REACH.

New restriction Q&As


Biocides Stakeholders' Day – from topical updates to case studies

24 September 2014, Helsinki

The event brings you the latest developments from the regulatory side of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), both from ECHA and the Commission as well as the latest news from industry, one year after the entry into operation of the BPR.

You will hear about the forthcoming revision of the Fee Regulation, national fees and relevant policy issues from Pierre Choraine, Biocides Team Coordinator at the European Commission and the impact of the BPR on the EU biocidal market from Sylvie Lemoine, the Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs at A.I.S.E.

Other invited speakers include Ludger Grunwald, Manager of Regulatory Affairs at ECOLAB who will present an analysis of the benefits and risks of Union authorisation and Camelia Mihai, a Counsellor at CEFIC, speaking about product families. Check out the conference programme on the event page for more information.

Participation to the event is free-of-charge. There are a limited number of places still available so register now to ensure yours.

Event page | Registration

ePIC Industry Webinar – material available online

26 August 2014, 11:00 – 13:00 Helsinki Time (EEST, GMT +3)

The webinar gives an overview of the ePIC tool used by industry to meet their obligations under the Prior Informed Consent Regulation. It covered basic aspects of the tool such as the interface, buttons, search functions and other features. The webinar provides a useful introduction to the new features of the tool, ahead of its launch on 2 September.


Ongoing consultations

Start: 14 August 2014
Deadline: 28 September 2014

50 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: 30 July 2014
Deadline: 15 September 2014
1 CLH proposal

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


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

Start: 18 June 2014
Deadline: 18 December 2014
2 restriction proposals

Applications for authorisation

Start: 13 August 2014
Deadline: 8 October 2014
3 consultations

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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