ECHA e-News - 11 February 2015

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The Biocidal Products Committee adopts 13 opinions

During its ninth plenary meeting in the beginning of February the Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) adopted 13 opinions. These opinions cover five active substances in 10 product types.

News alert | Annex

The authorisation application process is working

Over 100 participants representing industry, NGOs, Member States and the European Union's authorities have come to ECHA to draw lessons from the concluded applications for authorisation.

"Authorisation application was the last of the REACH processes to be implemented since the REACH Regulation entered into operation in 2008. The process now works well and is fair and transparent. The opinions of ECHA's two scientific Committees are based on evidence provided by the applicants and comments received during the public consultation. We have also heard and acted on the civil society's call to make the process even more transparent," said Geert Dancet, ECHA's Executive Director in his opening speech of the conference.

The conference materials will be made available on ECHA's website in due time.

Press release | Event page

ECHA's regulatory science strategy published

The strategy steers ECHA's cooperation with regulatory partners and the scientific community. It aims to facilitate scientific developments into regulatory decision making and support capacity building between key stakeholders.

ECHA's regulatory science strategy

Public consultation on alternatives to the use of lead chromate has opened

ECHA has received one application for authorisation for the industrial use of lead chromate in the manufacture of pyrotechnical delay devices contained in ammunition for naval self-protection. ECHA's website gives further information about the use applied for, including the description of the function of the substance, exposure scenarios, possible alternatives identified by the applicants, together with socio-economic information. Comments can be submitted using a form on ECHA's website.

The consultation period closes on 8 April 2015 (23:59 Helsinki time).

Applications for authorisation - current consultations

Four new intentions for Risk Management Option Analysis received

The Public Activities Coordination Tool (PACT) has been updated with four new intentions for Risk Management Option Analysis (RMOA) development, and the publication of an RMOA and its conclusion document.

Denmark has sent RMOA intentions for molybdenum trioxide (EC 215-204-7) and manganese sulphate (EC 232-089-9). Sweden has sent RMOA intentions for hexamethylene diacrylate (EC 235-921-9) and glutaraldehyde (EC 203-856-5). In addition, ECHA has published an RMOA and its conclusion document on 1,3-propanesultone (EC 214-317-9).

PACT-RMOA substances

New CLH consultation launched on a biocide active substance

ECHA has started a 45-day public commenting period on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposal for the biocide active substance – 1R-trans-Z-momfluorothrin (CAS number 1065124-65-3).

The CLH proposal was submitted by the United Kingdom. The substance is a biocide and planned to be used as an insecticide. 1R-trans-Z-momfluorothrin has no harmonised classification and the dossier submitter is proposing classification for health and environmental hazards. The final date for submitting comments for the proposal is 27 March 2015.

Current CLH consultations

Work Programme 2015 – facts & figures leaflet published

The leaflet highlights the main activities and estimated baseline figures from ECHA's Work Programme. Among its many activities in 2015, ECHA prepares for the 2018 registration deadline and streamlines the authorisation and biocides related processes.

Link facts & figures | Work Programme 2015

Upcoming changes to information requirements for reproductive toxicity

The REACH annexes are expected to be amended with the inclusion of the extended one-generation reproductive toxicity study (EOGRTS, EU B.56, OECD TG 443). EOGRTS will then be the information requirement for reproductive toxicity in REACH instead of the two-generation reproductive toxicity study (EU B.35, OECD TG 416). The updated annexes are expected to enter into force within the coming months. ECHA will update its guidance on reproductive toxicity to reflect the regulatory changes.

These changes will have an impact of finalising more than 200 draft ECHA dossier evaluation decisions currently giving the registrant a choice on whether to conduct a EOGRTS or a two-generation reproductive toxicity study. These draft decisions have been forwarded to the European Commission for final decision making due to diverging views in ECHA's Member State Committee.

The European Commission has now explained further steps in the decision making on evaluation dossiers with regard to thereproductive toxicity endpoint: "The Commission will start processing evaluation decisions once the revised Annexes enter into force. While each decision is specific and addressed to the individual registrant, a common approach will be adopted; details are being currently discussed with the Member States and ECHA. Once agreed, the approach will be presented here as well as communicated to the registrants."

More information

Give your opinions on a platform with information on substances in materials

Are you a supplier of articles? Do you have or need information on hazardous substances in articles or materials? If yes, we would like to hear your views on the idea of building a "Materials' Information Platform" (MIP) and how it could meet your needs.

ECHA and Ökopol GmbH invite you to participate in the survey and give your feedback. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete and will be open until 27 February 2015.

Survey on the materials' information platform

Presentations for downstream users

ECHA publishes a series of presentations about key issues of REACH and CLP affecting downstream users. They will be aimed at a wide range of audiences, including management, workers, environmental health and safety professionals, industry groups and authorities. The slides can be modified to suit the different audiences.

The first presentation gives an overview of the main obligations, communication in the supply chain and the regulatory impact regarding substances of concern.


Consultation on REACH authorisation

The European Commission has started a public consultation on streamlining and simplification of the REACH authorisation application procedure for applications concerning uses of substances in low volumes and on a one-time extension of transitional arrangements for uses of substances in legacy spare parts.

You can fill in the online questionnaire, which is available on the link below at the latest by 30 April 2015.

Public consultation


Ask ECHA about authorisation applications

25 February 2015, Helsinki

Are you a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and planning to apply for authorisation to use a substance of very high concern? Have you still got questions about the process? Why not ask ECHA?

We will be at your service on 25 February 2015, from 10:00 and 12:00 Central European Time, and will provide support in your own language (where there is more than one official language for your country, we will offer at least one of them).

Book a personal time for a phone discussion online and tell us your question in advance. We will then call you at the agreed time.

News item | Event page (translated in the official EU languages)

Ongoing consultations

Start: 23 January 2015
Deadline: 9 March 2015

11 testing proposals

Identification of substances of very high concern

No ongoing consultations

Draft recommendation of substances for the Authorisation List

No ongoing consultations

Harmonised classification and labelling

Start: 13 January 2015
Deadline: 27 February 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 20 January 2015
Deadline: 6 March 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 3 February 2015
Deadline: 20 March 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 10 February 2015
Deadline: 27 March 2015

1 CLH proposal (new)


Start: 17 September 2014
Deadline: 17 March 2015
1 restriction proposal

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

Applications for authorisation

Start: 11 February 2015
Deadline: 8 April 2015

1 consultation (new)

Biocides consultation

Start: 9 February 2015
Deadline: 10 April 2015

2 active substances (new)

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