ECHA e-News - 22 July 2015

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


First applications for Union authorisation submitted

The first two applications for Union authorisation of biocidal products have recently been submitted to ECHA, according to the procedure established by the Biocidal Products Regulation. The first two applications are for biocidal product families containing the active substance iodine. The products are used as disinfectants for veterinary hygiene purposes.

Press release | Union authorisation

Specific instructions for biocidal product family applications

A temporary workaround for the submission of new applications for product family authorisations is available. The workaround should be used until the meta-SPC concept for a biocidal product family is fully implemented in the Registry for Biocidal products (R4BP 3) and in the Summary of the Product Characteristics (SPC) editor.

Specific instructions for biocidal product family applications (addendum) | Supporting document web page | SPC editor

New active substances/product-type combinations for the review programme

ECHA has published a list of Article 3(3) Commission Implementing Decisions relevant to determine if a substance is a nanomaterial or if a specific product or group of products is a biocidal product, a treated article or neither. These decisions may trigger notifications of active substance or product-type combinations to be included in the review programme.

Legislation | Review programme

New emission scenarios available for risk assessment of biocides

Two new emission scenario documents and one related document for biocides have been published:

  • Emission scenarios for repellents and attractants (product type 19);
  • Refinement of the emission scenarios for working or cutting fluid preservatives (product type 13);
  • Environmental assessment of biocides applied in the offshore oil exploration industry (product types 11 and 12).

These documents should be used to estimate the release of substances from biocidal products to the environment in the frame of an environmental exposure assessment.

Emission scenario documents

REACH Guidance on information requirements updated

Two sections in Chapter R7a of the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment have been updated: Section R.7.2 on Skin corrosion/irritation, serious eye damage/eye irritation and respiratory tract corrosion/irritation and Section R.7.6 on Reproductive Toxicity.

News item | Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment

Prepare for IUCLID 6

A beta version of the upcoming IUCLID 6 is available and you can now test it. A full version of the tool used to compile regulatory data on chemicals will be released in the second quarter of 2016. Until then, you must continue to prepare your submissions with IUCLID 5.

News item | IUCLID 6 website

Read the Evaluation Report and General Report in your own language

The Evaluation Progress Report 2014 and the General Report 2014 are now available in 23 languages.


New appeals

The Board of Appeal has announced four new appeals.

Appeal announcements


Seminar on Applications for Authorisation – material available

The Seminar on Applications for Authorisation was held on 29 and 30 June 2015 to improve future applicants’ knowledge of the authorisation application procedure. The event gathered more than 50 industry participants and other experts. The presentations and recordings are now available on our website.

Event page

Why opt for substitution? Register for our webinar

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

Replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives can bring substantial benefits to the company, the environment and the health of workers and consumers – all good reasons to opt for substitution. An additional driver comes from the chemicals legislation. Companies using substances that have been identified as SVHCs under REACH have to decide whether to apply for permission to continue using these toxic substances for a limited period of time or to substitute them with safer alternatives.

ECHA and a group of accredited stakeholder organisations will organise a series of webinars aiming to inspire companies to substitute hazardous chemicals and explain how it can be done. All webinars include examples of real life substitution projects. This is the first webinar in the series.

Register | Agenda

Register for the Biocides Stakeholders' Day

1 September 2015, Helsinki

This year's conference will bring more views from industry and the Member States who will share their experiences of working with the Biocidal Products Regulation since its entry into operation. Participation to the conference is free-of-charge but places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis, so register now to ensure yours. The conference will also be web-streamed live.

Register | Programme | Event page

Ongoing consultations

Start: 12 June 2015
Deadline: 27 July 2015

1 testing proposal

Start: 25 June 2015
Deadline: 10 August 2015

36 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: 10 July 2015
Deadline: 24 July 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 16 June 2015
Deadline: 31 July 2015

5 CLH proposals

Start: 14 July 2015
Deadline: 31 July 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 2 June 2015
Deadline: 3 August 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 30 June 2015
Deadline: 14 August 2015

2 CLH proposals

Start: 10 July 2015
Deadline: 24 August 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 14 July 2015
Deadline: 28 August 2015

1 CLH proposal


Start: 17 June 2015
Deadline: 17 August 2015
1 SEAC draft opinion

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

No ongoing consultations

Calls for comments and evidence

No ongoing calls

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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