ECHA e-News - 21 January 2015

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Risk Management

ECHA is prioritising CMR substances for risk management

ECHA's new CMR report shows that companies are adhering well to the harmonised classification of substances which have carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic properties (CMRs). The report furthermore identifies over a thousand CMR substances that potentially merit further regulatory action such as harmonised classification and, where relevant, identification as a substance of very high concern. ECHA, together with Member State competent authorities, is now prioritising such substances for appropriate risk management actions.

Press release | 2014 CMR Report | C&L Inventory

Preconfigured IUCLID 5 available for applications for authorisation

ECHA has released a Preconfigured IUCLID 5 for Application for Authorisation (AfA) to support industry, in particular small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), in creating applications for authorisation.

This new way of providing IUCLID 5 aims to help companies that do not yet have IUCLID 5 installed, particularly SMEs, to prepare dossiers for applications for authorisation.

News item | Preconfigured IUCLID 5 for AfA

Registry of Intentions updated


Two restriction intentions have been submitted. The submissions are: methanol (EC 200-659-6) from Poland and N,N-dimethylformamide, dimethyl formamide (EC 200-679-5) from Italy.

Submitted Restriction proposals

New CLH consultation launched on the biocide reaction products of paraformaldehyde with 2-hydroxypropylamine (ratio 1:1)

ECHA has launched a 45-day public commenting period on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposal for reaction products of paraformaldehyde with 2-hydroxypropylamine (ratio 1:1) submitted by Austria.

This substance is used in disinfectants and algaecides not intended for direct application to humans or animals, in in-can preservatives, preservatives for liquid-cooling and processing systems and metal-working fluid. There is currently no harmonised classification for this biocide active substance, and the dossier submitter is proposing classification for skin corrosion, skin sensitisation, carcinogenicity, germ cell mutagenicity and as hazardous to the aquatic environment. The final date for submitting comments is 6 March 2015.

CLH current consultations

Announcement of a new appeal

The Board of Appeal has published an announcement of a new appeal. Case A-012-2014 concerns a compliance check decision.

Appeal announcements


10th Stakeholders' Day Conference – Registration open

27 May 2015, Helsinki

The 10th conference offers participants the chance to hear the latest news and updates from ECHA, European industry associations and NGOs.

Industry participants have the possibility to book one-to-one sessions with the Agency's scientific experts during the conference to discuss specific topics and to receive advice and guidance for key processes relevant to the implementation of the European chemicals legislation.

A detailed programme will be published on the event page closer to the event date. The conference takes place in ECHA's premises in Helsinki and will be web-streamed live. Participation to the conference is free-of-charge.

For any event related enquiries, contact us at:

Register | Event page

Helsinki Chemicals Forum – reduced registration fee

28-29 May 2015, Helsinki

The next Helsinki Chemicals Forum takes place in Helsinki, following ECHA's 10th Stakeholders' Day conference.

Participants of the Stakeholders' Day are entitled to a reduced entrance fee for the 2015 Helsinki Chemicals Forum by using the registration code "SHD2015" when registering. The standard registration fee will be reduced from 870 € to 650 €. Chemical Watch organises a workshop on the second day of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum which costs an additional 250 €.

The Helsinki Chemicals Forum aims to become the pre-eminent thinktank dedicated to inclusive, transparent and independent debate on the key issues of safe chemicals management. It is an independent forum engaging international authorities, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, the media and other interested parties in an open dialogue.

Helsinki Chemicals Forum

Shaping the future of food safety, together

14-16 October 2015, Milan

Scientists from inside and outside Europe are invited to attend a major scientific conference organised by EFSA on the occasion of the World EXPO 2015. The conference focuses on two major themes - Assessment Science, and Science, Innovation and Society - and is organised in plenary and breakout sessions.

Participants are invited to register online by 15 May 2015. Scientists and early-career researchers have the opportunity to showcase their work by submitting an abstract for the poster session by 3 April 2015.

To help early-career researchers participate in the conference, EFSA is offering to make a financial contribution to the travel and accommodation costs of selected participants. The conference is free of charge for participants.

Register | Event page

Ongoing consultations

Start: 12 December 2014
Deadline: 26 January 2015

16 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: 9 December 2014
Deadline: 23 January 2015

2 CLH proposals

Start: 13 January 2015
Deadline: 27 February 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 20 January 2015
Deadline: 6 March 2015

1 CLH proposal


Start: 10 December 2014
Deadline: 9 February 2015
2 consultations on SEAC draft opinion

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

No ongoing consultations

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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