ECHA e-News - 12 August 2015



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Do you have information on alternatives to uses of these four substances?

ECHA has received four applications for authorisation:

  • six uses of chromium trioxide (EC 215-607-8)
  • a use of sodium chromate (EC 231-889-5)
  • a use of sodium dichromate (EC 234-190-3)
  • a use of 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC) (EC 203-458-1).

Further information about the uses that authorisation is applied for, including the description of the function of the substance, exposure scenarios, possible alternatives identified by the applicants, together with socio-economic information, is available on ECHA's website. Comments can be submitted using a form on the website. The consultation period closes on 7 October 2015 (23:59 Helsinki time).

Applications for authorisation - current consultations


Guidance available on substance identification for essential oils

The European industry associations for essential oils have published new guidance to help industry to fulfil their registration obligations under REACH. This is the result of intensive work by stakeholders, in consultation with ECHA, to establish practical solutions for the identification of this specific group of substances.

The sector-specific guidance on substance identification complements the official ECHA guidance on the same topic. The European Commission will translate this guidance into selected EU languages. Translations will be made available in the last quarter of 2015.

News item | Guidelines on substance identification and sameness of natural complex substances under REACH and CLP (EFEO/IFRA)

Updated guide on communicating with ECHA during dossier evaluation

The practical guide on how to communicate with ECHA in dossier evaluation has been updated. It gives an overview of the dossier evaluation process and highlights registrants' obligations in making sure that their dossiers are compliant. It also explains the different administrative outcomes of dossier evaluation and how registrants can react to communications from ECHA. The guide is aimed at registrants but it can also be useful to stakeholders providing information in public consultations.

Practical Guide 12 | Steps of the evaluation process

Upcoming ePIC update – important change for companies notifying exports of mixtures

A new version of the tool used for submitting export and import notifications under the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation, ePIC, will go live in early October. It will include a change for companies notifying mixtures which contain a substance included in an Annex I group entry. An example of such a mixture would be one containing the substance cadmium chloride (EC 233-296-7), which belongs to the "Cadmium and its compounds" group in Annex I.

To submit notifications for these mixtures, the updated ePIC requires that the company provides a CAS or EC number of the actual substance used in the mixture instead of just referring to the generic group entry. This will help to clearly identify the substance already in the notification (and not only in the safety data sheet), ensure a faster decision making for the importing country as well as simplify Article 10 reporting for companies as ePIC will automatically prefill the substance information.

To keep all notifications clear and consistent, ECHA asks companies planning to submit 2016 export notifications for these mixtures to do so only after go-live of the new version of ePIC (release 1.3).

ePIC | PIC Regulation | Annex I chemicals

Check which substances are undergoing informal hazard assessment and risk management option analysis

Check the Public Activities Coordination Tool to see for which substances a risk management option analysis (RMOA) or an informal hazard assessment for PBT/vPvB (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic/very persistent and very bioaccumulative) properties or endocrine disruptor properties is under development or has been completed by authorities. A new column "Latest update" has been added to make it easier to spot which entries in the table have been updated with new information.

Latest updates

Finland has finalised the hazard assessment for PBT properties of (ethoxymethoxy)cyclododecane (EC 261-332-1). According to the assessment, the substance is not PBT or vPvB.

Germany has indicated its intention to prepare RMOAs for four substances:

  • p-(1,1-dimethylpropyl)phenol (EC 201-280-9)
  • 4-tert-butylphenol (p-tert-butylphenol, EC 202-679-0)
  • nickel sulphide (EC 240-841-2)
  • phenol, heptyl derivs (EC 276-743-1).

Greece plans to prepare an RMOA for (-)-pin-2(10)-ene (EC 242-060-2) and Hungary for trinickel disulphide (EC 234-829-6).

In addition, the United Kingdom has published their RMOA for:

  • octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4, EC 209-136-7)
  • decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5, EC 208-764-9).

The conclusion is that the most appropriate follow-up for both substances would be restriction under REACH. A proposal for restriction of these two substances was submitted by the UK already on 17 April 2015.

ECHA has also concluded on an RMOA on 1,2-dibromoethane (EC 203-444-5), developed at the request of the European Commission. It suggests that the substance should be addressed at an international level and/or under EU legislation other than REACH.

PACT - RMOA and hazard assessment activities


Biocides Stakeholders' Day – last chance to register

1 September 2015, Helsinki

Registration for the event ends on Friday 14 August, so register now to make sure you get your place. The focus of this one day event will be on case studies and experiences from companies on the various aspects of the Biocidal Products Regulation. The presentations will be particularly relevant to European and national trade associations, SMEs, large companies, alternative suppliers and environmental, animal-welfare as well as health NGOs.

You will have a chance to book one-to-one sessions with ECHA staff on topical biocides issues. Further information for booking a slot will be sent to all registered participants ahead of the event. Participation to the conference is free-of-charge but places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. If you cannot join us in Helsinki, you can follow the event online.

You will find the link on the ECHA home page 24 hours before the event. If you have registered but are no longer able to attend, remember to inform us at to free your place for other interested participants.

Register | Programme | Event page

Ongoing consultations

Start: 31 July 2015
Deadline: 14 September 2015

3 testing proposals

Start: 7 August 2015
Deadline: 22 September 2015

1 testing proposal (new)

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: 30 June 2015
Deadline: 14 August 2015

2 CLH proposals

Start: 10 July 2015
Deadline: 24 August 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 14 July 2015
Deadline: 28 August 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 28 July 2015
Deadline: 11 September 2015

2 CLH proposals


Start: 17 June 2015
Deadline: 17 August 2015
1 SEAC draft opinion

Start: 18 March 2015
Deadline: 18 September 2015
1 restriction proposal

Start: 18 June 2015
Deadline: 18 December 2015
1 restriction proposal

Applications for authorisation

Start: 12 August 2015
Deadline: 7 October 2015
9 consultations (new)

Calls for comments and evidence

No ongoing consultations

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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