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ECHA shortlists substances for possible regulatory action
The Agency has selected approximately 200 substances from the REACH registrations for further scrutiny by the Member State competent authorities. The competent authorities will carry out a manual examination of the dossiers to decide whether there is a need for regulatory action, such as compliance check, substance evaluation, harmonised classification and labelling, authorisation or restriction.
The Biocidal Products Committee adopts 11 opinions
The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) met for the 11th time from 15 to 18 June 2015. The 11 adopted opinions are for active substances for use in biocidal products used as antifouling, disinfectants and preservatives.
Forum starts a project on extended safety data sheets, exposure scenarios, risk management measures and operational conditions
The Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement will prepare and execute a fifth coordinated enforcement project (REF-5) focusing on obligations related to extended safety data sheets (e-SDSs), exposure scenarios, risk management measures and operational conditions.
New consultations for harmonised classification and labelling launched on one industrial and one biocidal substance
ECHA has launched two public consultations on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for isoeugenol; ; (E)-2-methoxy-4-(prop-1-enyl)phenol; ; (Z)-2-methoxy-4-(prop-1-enyl)phenol;  (CAS No. 97-54-1 ; 5932-68-3 ; 5912-86-7 ) and 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-4-(methoxymethyl)benzyl (1R,3R)-2,2-dimethyl-3-[(1Z)-prop-1-en-1-yl]cyclopropanecarboxylate; Epsilon-metofluthrin (CAS 240494-71-7). These substances do not have existing harmonised classification.
Isoeugenol is used as fragrance and flavouring agent in numerous non-food and food products and as an anaesthetic for fish. The proposal is limited to the assessment of skin sensitisation.
Epsilon-metofluthrin is used in biocidal products within the EU, including use as an insecticide for the control of flying insects (e.g. mosquitos). The dossier submitter, United Kingdom, is proposing human health and environmental classification. The final date for submitting comments is 14 August 2015.
ECHA has published new support pages to help companies understand the steps they need to follow to apply for authorisation.
The web pages present eight steps that companies need to take, from finding out whether they need to apply for authorisation to complying with their obligations once authorisation is granted. Useful links and background material are also available at each step along the way.
REACH 2018: Know your portfolio and start preparing now – webinar recording published
24 June 2015, 11:00-14:00 Helsinki
The webinar gives information to companies that do not have previous experience of registering chemicals under the REACH Regulation. It gives a basic understanding of which substances in your portfolio need to be registered before the 2018 deadline, the required information and the main costs that need to be budgeted for that purpose. It also gives a clear indication of how to move forward and where to find further information. The presentations and a video recording are now available on our website.