ECHA e-News - 19 August 2015





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


Guidance on safety data sheets updated

ECHA has published an update of the Guidance on the compilation of safety data sheets. The update takes into account in particular the end of the transitional period for labelling mixtures according to the Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD) and the need to indicate the classification of their components according to the Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD). The updated Guidance also takes into account the changes in the REACH Annex II legal text arising from the new Regulation (EU) 2015/830 and removes references to the previous version of Annex II.

Guidance on the compilation of safety data sheets


Updated Registry of Intentions

Five harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) intentions have been submitted.

  • glyphosate (ISO); N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine (EC 213-997-4) was submitted by Germany;
  • azamethiphos ISO (EC 252-626-0) and paclobutrazol (ISO) (CAS 76738-62-0) were submitted by the United Kingdom;
  • 2,2-dibromo-2-cyanoacetamide (DBNPA) (EC 233-539-7) was submitted by Denmark; and
  • bis(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl) ether (EC 205-594-7) was submitted by Austria.

Current CLH intentions

New appeals announced

The Board of Appeal has published announcements concerning two new appeals. Cases A-014-2015 and A-015-2015 concern a substance evaluation decision.

Appeal announcements


Biocides Stakeholders' Day – get to know our speakers

1 September 2015, Helsinki

Registration for the conference has now closed and we expect to receive over 200 people during the day to celebrate the 3 year anniversary of the entry into operation of the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR). The conference presents information about the BPR including available tools and support for companies. Its focus is on case studies and experiences from companies on the various aspects of the regulation.

If you would like to attend but did not manage to register in time, contact our event services at: In case of cancellations, you may still receive a place. For those that have already registered but are no longer able to attend, please inform us by email in order to free your place for another interested participant.

The conference will be web-streamed live and a link to the stream will be available on the front page of the ECHA website, on the morning of the event. The web-stream is free-of-charge and does not require a separate registration.

Event page | List of speakers | Programme

ECHA webinar: Why opt for substitution?

22 September 2015, 11:00 – 12:30, Helsinki (EEST, GMT +3)

The webinar includes a case study from COOP Denmark, one of the largest Danish retailers, who will explain how they have used substitution in their own products and packaging. Dr Karla Pfaff from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will present their role in monitoring a voluntary agreement made by the entire value chain for plasticisers used for certain types of adhesive packaging in Germany. The webinar will conclude with Dr Joel Tickner from the University of Massachusetts Lowell who will present the U.S. approach to substitution and share some practical advice for companies planning to substitute.

This webinar series gives practical information and examples for companies planning to opt for substitution and gives them the unique opportunity to ask questions from other companies and authorities that are directly involved in the substitution process.

Register | Agenda

Workshop on 'Streamlining applications for authorisation'

17 November 2015, Brussels

The European Commission and ECHA are organising a workshop to further improve the functioning of the application for authorisation process. The workshop will focus on two aspects: how to make 'fit-for-purpose' applications in general and how to fulfil the information requirements for 'upstream' applications.

It is a follow-up to the 'Lessons Learned' conference on applications for authorisation, held in Helsinki on 10-11 February 2015.

Event page | Register

Topical Scientific Workshop on New Approach Methodologies in Regulatory Science

19-20 April 2016, Helsinki

This workshop will explore the potential regulatory benefits arising from fundamental change in scientific thinking to try to better understand the underlying biology behind how chemicals cause adverse effects to human health. The workshop will also look at new tools and techniques that provide a huge amount of data that can be used in solving regulatory issues.

Participation in the workshop is by invitation only. If you would like to participate, you are invited to complete the expressions of interest form by 20 September 2015. Official invitations are expected to be sent in November 2015. For further information, you can contact:

Event page | Expressions of interest

Ongoing consultations

Start: 31 July 2015
Deadline: 14 September 2015

3 testing proposals

Start: 7 August 2015
Deadline: 22 September 2015

1 testing proposal

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: 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: 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

Calls for comments and evidence

No ongoing consultations

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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