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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.