ECHA e-News - 18 February 2015

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New issue of ECHA Newsletter online

ECHA Newsletter gives you a deeper look into topical issues related to the REACH, CLP, PIC and Biocidal Products regulations. It also interviews experts to give you a chance to learn from their advice and tells you the latest news from ECHA. In the February issue, we interview Dr Howick, who tells what companies should consider when planning substitution. You can always choose to read the Newsletter in PDF format that is available on the Newsletter web page.

Read the Newsletter online | PDF version

Registry of Intentions updated


The registry of intentions was updated with a new intention for harmonised classification and labelling from Finland for the substance propiconazole (ISO); 1-[[2-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-4-propyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-yl]methyl]-1H-1,2,4-triazole (EC 262-104-4). The expected date of submission is in June 2015.

Two harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposals were submitted: silicon carbide fibre, to be further specified (EC 206-991-8) submitted by the Netherlands and copper pyrithione (EC 238-984-0) submitted by Sweden.

Current CLH intentions | Submitted CLH proposals

New consultation on the harmonised classification and labelling on the chemical anthraquinone launched

ECHA has launched a 45-day public commenting period on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposal anthraquinone submitted by Germany.

This substance is mainly used in the paper/pulp industry and as an intermediate for synthesising other chemicals. There is currently no harmonised classification for anthraquinone and the dossier submitter is proposing classification for carcinogenicity. The final date for submitting comments is 7 April 2015.

Current CLH consultations


Tenth Stakeholders' Day conference – new speakers confirmed

27 May 2015, Helsinki

This year's programme features more views from industry representatives, Member States and stakeholder organisations than ever before. 12 new speakers have been confirmed including speakers from the UK Chemical Business Association (CBA), the Downstream Users of Chemicals Coordination Group (DUCC) and the Dow Chemical Company.

The Stakeholders' Day offers participants the chance to hear the latest news and updates from ECHA, European industry associations and NGOs. The event takes place in conjunction with the annual Helsinki Chemicals Forum taking place from 28 to 29 May. Participation to the Stakeholders' Day is free of charge.

Register | Event page | Programme

Sixth meeting of the NGO-ECHA discussion platform

4 February 2015

NGO representatives and ECHA met in February for the sixth meeting of the platform. The topics included the application for authorisation process, ECHA's approach to transparency and animal welfare. The meeting covered the economic feasibility of alternatives in the authorisation process, follow-up of the recent ombudsman decision on the promotion of alternative methods and progress made with guidance and web updates for skin and eye irritation, skin sensitisation and reproductive toxicity.

NGO-ECHA platform | Meeting note

Ongoing consultations

Start: 23 January 2015
Deadline: 9 March 2015

11 testing proposals

Start: 16 February 2015
Deadline: 2 April 2015

21 testing proposals (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: 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

Start: 18 February 2015
Deadline: 7 April 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

Biocides consultation

Start: 9 February 2015
Deadline: 10 April 2015

2 active substances

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