ECHA e-News - 22 April 2015

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Biocidal Products Committee

The Biocidal Products Committee adopts five opinions

The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) met for the 10th time from 14 to 16 April 2015. The Committee adopted five opinions; six other opinions are expected to be adopted by written procedure. The opinions are for active substances in biocidal products used as disinfectants, slimicides and metal working or cutting fluid preservatives.

The BPC has also agreed to the participation of Switzerland in the work of the BPC, following the signature of a Mutual Recognition Agreement between the Commission and the Swiss Confederation.

News alert | More information (Annex)

ECHA next week

Workshop: How to identify complex substances in REACH
27-28 April 2015

How to add a new substance/product-type combination in the review programme

ECHA has started to publish the list of active substances that may be added to the review programme following a successful declaration of interest to notify made in application of Article 16 of the Review Programme Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 1062/2014). A webform is available to declare your interest.

The next step is the actual notification which has to be made by the deadline indicated: a company notifies ECHA that it is willing to take over the role of participant.

News item | Webform to submit a declaration of interest

Member States and ECHA to update information on biocidal product authorisations

ECHA and the Member State competent authorities will correct and complete information in the biocides submission tool, R4BP 3, regarding the product authorisations that have expired in error.

News alert | R4BP 3.2 support page

New consultation launched on proposal to revise the harmonised classification and labelling of nicotine

ECHA has started a 45-day public commenting period on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposal for nicotine (EC 200-193-3). Nicotine in its pure form already has an harmonised classification in Annex VI of Regulation 1272/2008 (CLP) as Acute Tox. 3* (Toxic if swallowed, * minimum classification) and Acute Tox. 1 (Fatal in contact with skin). Recently, due to the minimum classification for oral toxicity, uncertainties appeared on how to derive the classification and labelling of nicotine mixtures.

The CLH proposal was submitted by the Netherlands. The dossier submitter is proposing to change the minimum classification Acute Tox. 3* (Toxic if swallowed) into Acute Tox. 1 (Fatal if swallowed) and to add Acute Tox. 2 (Fatal if inhaled) of pure nicotine.

In recent years the use of nicotine in treating nicotine dependence has increased. Controlled levels of nicotine are delivered to users through gums, dermal patches, tablets or nasal sprays. Nicotine is also used in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

The final date for submitting comments for the proposal is 5 June 2015.

Current CLH consultations

Registry of Intentions updated


A new restriction intention on Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4), Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) from the United Kingdom has been submitted.

Submitted Restriction proposals


REACH 2018 webinar: Know your portfolio and start preparing now

24 June 2015, 11:00-13:00 Helsinki (EEST, GMT +3)

This is the first webinar of a series focusing on practical information to successfully register by the deadline of 31 May 2018.

The webinar aims to give information to companies that do not have previous experience of registering chemicals under the REACH Regulation. It will give you a basic understanding of which substances in your portfolio need to be registered before the 2018 deadline, the required information and the main costs that need to be budgeted for that purpose. You will also get a clear indication on how to move forward and where to find further information. Finally, the webinar will include a Q&A session where we will address any outstanding issues related to the topic.

Register | Draft agenda | REACH 2018 web pages

10th Stakeholders' Day – last chance to register!

27 May 2015, Helsinki

Registration closes on Friday 1 May but places are limited and we are quickly reaching our maximum capacity. Don't miss your chance and register now!

If you have already registered but you are no longer able to attend, please inform us of your cancellation to free your place for other interested participants. You can inform us by sending an email to:

The conference brings together industry, regulators and NGOs to discuss key topics related to the REACH 2018 registration deadline, improving dossier quality and risk management. This year, the focus has been placed on external speakers who will present best practice and case studies. Industry participants are also able to book one-to-one sessions with our staff to discuss key topics and receive hands-on advice.

The conference is open to all, free-of-charge. A live webstream will also be available and a link will be published on the ECHA homepage on the morning of the event.

Register | Event page | Programme | List of speakers

Biocides Stakeholders' Day – registration open

1 September 2015, Helsinki

Biocides Stakeholders' Day will take place on 1 September, which is the three-year anniversary of the entry into operation of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR).

The programme will focus on case studies and experiences from companies. There will also be presentations on the regulation and available tools and support.

The day is open to all and the content will be of particular relevance to European and national trade associations, SMEs, large companies, alternative suppliers and environmental as well as health NGOs.

Online registration is now open. There are a limited number of places available on a first-come, first-served basis; so register now to ensure yours.

Event page | Register

Ongoing consultations

Start: 16 March 2015
Deadline: 30 April 2015

15 testing proposals

Start: 17 April 2015
Deadline: 4 June 2015

28 testing proposals (new)

Start: 20 April 2015
Deadline: 8 June 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: 10 March 2015
Deadline: 24 April 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 27 March 2015
Deadline: 11 May 2015

3 CLH proposals

Start: 9 April 2015
Deadline: 26 May 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 21 April 2015
Deadline: 5 June 2015

1 CLH proposal (new)


Start: 18 March 2015
Deadline: 18 May 2015
1 consultation on SEAC draft opinion

Start: 17 December 2014
Deadline: 17 June 2015
1 restriction proposal

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

Applications for authorisation

No ongoing consultations

Calls for comments and evidence

Start: 1 April 2015
Deadline: 28 May 2015

1 substance

Start: 1 April 2015
Deadline: 11 June 2015

1 substance

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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