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ECHA's IT-tools and support: limited services at year-end
At the end of the year, the availability of REACH-IT, R4BP 3 and ECHA's support services available through the contact forms will be limited. The Agency premises and switchboard will also be closed on 24 December 2015 and open again on 4 January 2016.
Check the availability of ECHA's IT tools and contact forms at the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016.
Authorisation granted for two uses of trichloroethylene
The European Commission has granted an authorisation to Vlisco Netherlands BV for two uses of trichloroethylene (EC 201-167-4; CAS 79-01-6): as a solvent for the removal and recovery of resin from dyed cloth and as a solvent in a process to recover and purify resin from process water. The review period for the authorisation will expire on 21 April 2028. The Commission has made 12 authorisation decisions in total.
Public consultation on testing proposals – first consideration of alternatives to animal testing received from a registrant
ECHA has received the first consideration on alternative methods to an animal testing proposal from a registrant. The consideration about alternatives to genetic toxicity in vivo testing is included in the information on the testing proposal submitted for public consultation, which is open until 14 January 2016. Stakeholders are invited to submit scientifically valid information and studies on genetic toxicity testing, which ECHA will then forward to the registrant. From 11 September 2015, ECHA has invited registrants with testing proposals involving vertebrate animals to provide their considerations on alternative methods to address missing information. This is a follow-up action of the European Ombudsman's conclusion in case 1606/2013.
New case study for assessing chemical hazards with the QSAR Toolbox
ECHA has published a new illustrative example which demonstrates what elements need to be taken into account when predicting long-term toxicity to fish with the QSAR Toolbox. The new example (part 2b) has been added to the QSAR Toolbox case studies published in February 2014. There are now examples available on four different endpoints, all relevant for companies registering by the last REACH registration deadline of 31 May 2018. The QSAR Toolbox can help registrants to fill their data gaps without testing on animals. The case studies cover four different endpoints:
Short-term toxicity testing on invertebrates (preferred species Daphnia)
New template for proposing harmonised classification and labelling
ECHA's new template for proposals for harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) supports Member States and industry in providing a structured, transparent and consistent CLH dossier for public consultation and assessment by ECHA's Committee for Risk Assessment. The aim is to keep the overall workload of all parties concerned as light as possible. The template consists of two main parts: 1) a hazard assessment by the dossier submitter and 2) detailed summaries of the studies that form the basis of the CLH proposal (Annex I in the template). You are encouraged to use the new template when starting to compile CLH proposals. If you would like further assistance with the use of the template, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by 23 December 2015. Based on the feedback, a webinar can be organised next year.
Register for REACH 2018 webinar "Get organised with your co-registrants - SIEF management and data sharing"
2 March 2016, 11:00 - 12:00, Helsinki time
If you register a substance for the first time and you do not have previous experience on substance information exchange forum (SIEF) activities and data sharing, you will find this webinar useful. It will give you an understanding of the tasks that the SIEF needs to undertake to prepare a registration dossier. If your substance has already been registered but you will join the existing registration only by 2018, you will find useful information about fair, transparent and non-discriminatory data and cost sharing. The webinar will include a Q&A session.