ECHA e-News - 26 August 2015



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


New Biocides Guidance document published

ECHA has published a Guidance on Active Micro-organisms and Biocidal Products: this is a new guidance document for the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) in Volume V, "Specific Guidance" of the new BPR guidance structure. The guidance provides technical advice on Part A Information requirements, Part B Hazard and risk assessment and Part C Evaluation for the active substances and biocidal products for micro-organisms.

Guidance on Active Micro-organisms and Biocidal Products


Updated Registry of Intentions

Sweden plans to submit a Restriction dossier on Bisphenol A,4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (EC: 201-245-8). The expected submission date is on 31 December 2015.

Current restriction intentions

Product Assessment Report templates available for national and Union authorisation

The Product Assessment Report (PAR) templates for national and Union authorisation under the Biocidal Products Regulation have been finalised and are now available. The templates can be used by both industry and competent authorities when assessing biocidal products and biocidal product families for national and Union authorisation

The PAR templates can be used from the date of publication on our website.

Product Assessment Report templates

Compliance check workshop proceedings published

The aim of the workshop (19-20 May 2015) was to discuss the scope of compliance checks and the implementation of ECHA's new strategy on selecting substances that matter the most. Publishing more information from dossier evaluation and enhancing interaction with the Member States competent authorities were also discussed. The participants included representatives from the Member States, European Commission and stakeholders.

CCH workshop proceedings

Nanomaterials workshop proceedings available

The 2014 workshop brought together nearly 200 experts from academia, industry and NGOs as well as policy makers to discuss the current challenges in this field from scientific and regulatory perspectives.

The anticipated outcome was early emergence of new and/or improved approaches in the context of risk assessment of nanomaterials. The result clearly matched the expectations and the output from this workshop will form a cornerstone in the guidance developments for the implementation of the REACH, CLP and Biocidal Products regulations.

Nanomaterials workshop proceedings

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Biocides Stakeholders' Day – follow the event live

1 September 2015, Helsinki

The conference will be web-streamed live and you can access it from the link below or from the front page of the ECHA website on the morning of the event. The stream is free-of-charge and does not require a separate registration.

You can also submit questions to the expert panel of each plenary session remotely using the link below. Note that only questions of a general interest and relevant to the topic of the plenary will be considered for the panel.

If you would like to attend but did not manage to register in time, contact our event services at: In case of cancellations, you may still receive a place. For those that have already registered but are no longer able to attend, please inform us by email in order to free your place for another interested participant.

You can follow event related discussions on twitter @EU_ECHA using the hashtag #BiocidesDay.

Submit a question | Event page |
Watch live
(Link will become active on the morning of the event)

ECHA webinar: Why opt for substitution?

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

The webinar includes a case study from COOP Denmark, one of the largest Danish retailers, who will explain how they have used substitution in their own products and packaging. Dr Karla Pfaff from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will present their role in monitoring a voluntary agreement made by the entire value chain for plasticisers used for certain types of adhesive packaging in Germany. The webinar will conclude with Dr Joel Tickner from the University of Massachusetts Lowell who will present the U.S. approach to substitution and share some practical advice for companies planning to substitute.

This webinar series gives practical information and examples for companies planning to opt for substitution and gives them the unique opportunity to ask questions from other companies and authorities that are directly involved in the substitution process.

Register | Agenda

Workshop on 'Streamlining applications for authorisation'

17 November 2015, Brussels

The European Commission and ECHA are organising a workshop to further improve the functioning of the application for authorisation process. The workshop will focus on two aspects: how to make 'fit-for-purpose' applications in general and how to fulfil the information requirements for 'upstream' applications.

It is a follow-up to the 'Lessons Learned' conference on applications for authorisation, held in Helsinki on 10-11 February 2015.

Event page | Register

Topical Scientific Workshop on New Approach Methodologies in Regulatory Science

19-20 April 2016, Helsinki

This workshop will explore the potential regulatory benefits arising from fundamental change in scientific thinking to try to better understand the underlying biology behind how chemicals cause adverse effects to human health. The workshop will also look at new tools and techniques that provide a huge amount of data that can be used in solving regulatory issues.

Participation in the workshop is by invitation only. If you would like to participate, you are invited to complete the expressions of interest form by 20 September 2015. Official invitations are expected to be sent in November 2015. For further information, you can contact:

Event page | Expressions of interest

Ongoing consultations

Start: 31 July 2015
Deadline: 14 September 2015

3 testing proposals

Start: 7 August 2015
Deadline: 22 September 2015

1 testing proposal

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: 14 July 2015
Deadline: 28 August 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 28 July 2015
Deadline: 11 September 2015

2 CLH proposals


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

Start: 12 August 2015
Deadline: 7 October 2015
9 consultations

Calls for comments and evidence

No ongoing consultations

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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