ECHA e-News - 25 November 2015

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


New manual on publishing information about biocides

ECHA's new manual explains the basic rules applied when publishing information on approved active substances and authorised biocidal products on our website: Which information from the IUCLID 5 dossier will and will not be made public? Which information can be claimed confidential? The manual is helpful in particular for companies' managers and technical experts responsible for making sure that the dossiers include comprehensive information.


ECHA next week

Risk Assessment Committee
24 November - 4 December

Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis
1-4 December

Video tutorial on new biocidal product family concept

Watch our video tutorial to get acquainted with the new biocidal product family criteria, the meta-SPC concept and the practical steps you need to take to submit an application that relies on the new criteria. Similar uses, levels of risk and levels of efficacy are new criteria you may consider in your biocidal product family application.

Video tutorial | SPC Editor

Comment proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling of 4-tert-butylphenol

ECHA has launched a public consultation on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposal for 4-tert-butylphenol (EC 202-679-0; CAS 98-54-4). It is an industrial chemical used mainly as an intermediate and as monomer for the production of polymers, such as thermoplastics, resins and rubbers. It is also used as hardener in formulating adhesives and sealants and in coatings and paints. The proposal covers environmental hazards only. Submit comments by 8 January 2016.

Current consultations on harmonised classification and labelling

Inspectors' safety data sheet checklist available

A safety data sheet checklist, developed in cooperation with the Enforcement Forum, is available in 23 languages on ECHA's website. Its main purpose is to support inspectors in their examination of safety data sheets, but it can also be used by companies to improve the quality of safety data sheets in the supply chain.

Safety data sheet checklist

Practical guide 12 update available in 23 languages

The updated version of Practical Guide 12: How to communicate with ECHA in dossier evaluation is available in 23 languages.

Practical Guide 12

Minutes of committee meetings available

The final minutes of the September meetings of the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) are available on our website.

RAC-34 minutes | SEAC-28 minutes


REACH 2018 webinars: watch recordings online

The materials and the recordings of the first two webinars in the REACH 2018 series are available online. You can now also register for the third webinar taking place on 2 March 2015, focusing on substance information exchange forum management and data sharing.

Webinar: Get organised with your co-registrants - SIEF management and data sharing
Webinar: Find your co-registrants and prepare to work together
Webinar: Know your portfolio and start preparing now

REACH 2018 roadmap

Information session on new registration process - presentations available

The information session held on 4 November 2015 in Brussels provided an overview of the upcoming changes in tools and processes involved in the registration of substances under REACH. Take a look at the presentations.

Information session on new registration process

Streamlining applications for authorisation workshop - watch recording online

If you missed the workshop on 'Streamlining applications for authorisation' held on 17 November in Brussels, you can now watch a video recording of the event.

Workshop on 'Streamlining applications for authorisation'

Ongoing consultations

Start: 1 November 2015
Deadline: 16 December 2015

4 testing proposals

Identification of substances of very high concern

No ongoing consultations

Draft recommendation of substances for the Authorisation List

Start: 18 November 2015
Deadline: 18 February 2016
11 substances

Harmonised classification and labelling

Start: 20 October 2015
Deadline: 4 December 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 27 October 2015
Deadline: 11 December 2015

2 CLH proposals

Start: 24 November 2015
Deadline: 8 January 2016

1 CLH proposal (new)


Start: 18 June 2015
18 December 2015
1 restriction proposal

Applications for authorisation

Start: 11 November 2015
Deadline: 7 January 2016
3 consultations

Calls for comments and evidence

Start: 8 October 2015
Deadline: 1 December 2015

1 substance

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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