ECHA e-News - 26 November 2014


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


ECHA publishes updated versions of Chapter R.11, Part C; Chapter R.7b; and Chapter R.7c of the Guidance on IR&CSA (related to PBT/vPvB Assessment)

Following the amendment of Annex XIII to REACH (related to the identification of persistent bioaccumulative and toxic and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (PBT/vPvB) substances), ECHA concludes the formal consultation procedure on the update of the corresponding Guidance and publishes new versions (2.0) of Chapter R.11 and Part C of the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (IR&CSA). Some sections of Chapter R.7b and Chapter R.7c have also been updated to reflect the revised content of Chapter R.11.

Updated Guidance documents

ECHA next week

RAC-31 meeting
2-4 December 2014

BPC-8 meeting
2-5 December 2014

Corrigendum to ECHA's press release: "ECHA's proposal to add new substances to the Authorisation List is now in public consultation"

A corrigendum to the press release "ECHA's proposal to add new substances to the Authorisation List is now in public consultation" of 1 September 2014 has been published. The corrigendum concerns an amendment to the date by when comments can be submitted for the public consultation. The date has been changed to 1 December 2014.

News item | Amended press release

New Q&As published on exemptions from authorisation requirement

The new Q&As clarify how specific uses are exempted from authorisation. These comprise uses in medicinal products, food or feedingstuffs, plant protection products, biocidal products, motor fuels, cosmetic products and food contact materials. They also comprise use as fuels in closed systems, uses in medical devices, in scientific research and development and the case of manufacture of the substances requiring authorisation according to Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation.

Questions and Answers on Application for Authorisation

CLP 2015 deadline - Act now, classify and label your chemicals

We have just published a video to raise awareness about the importance of the CLP Regulation. From 1 June 2015, the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation will be the only legislation to apply to the classification and labelling of both substances and mixtures. CLP requires companies to classify, label and package their hazardous chemicals appropriately before placing them on the market. Get to know the CLP requirements and implement them.

The video is available in 23 languages together with more information for the general public on our dedicated CLP 2015 web section.

Additionally, following the workshop on the "Safe use of chemicals by SMEs" on 16 September 2014, the European Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry published a video of interviews with the participants discussing the challenges faced by small and medium-sized companies related to the implementation of CLP. Watch the video on DG ENTR's YouTube channel EU Growth.

Watch the CLP video on ECHA's YouTube channel EUchemicals | Campaign material | Workshop on the safe use of chemicals by SMEs: Time to update your CLP labels!

ECHA and stakeholders discuss strategic priorities in annual workshop

Once a year, ECHA arranges a strategic workshop for its accredited stakeholder organisations, a platform to discuss topical issues and give recommendations for future improvements. The topics of this year's workshop were: preparations for the REACH 2018 registration deadline, stakeholder involvement in biocides, nanomaterials and transparency. The workshop proceedings and presentations are available on ECHA's website.

Workshop proceedings | Accredited Stakeholders


Webinar on mixture classification and communicating safe use of mixtures – register for the re-run

8 December 2014, 12:00 – 14:00 Helsinki Time (EST, GMT +2)

Due to the high demand, we will organise a re-run of the webinar that took place on 5 November. The video recording will be played and you will have the possibility to ask questions in writing to our specialists during this time. You can already check the presentations and the recording online.

The webinar covers the classification of mixtures and how information on their safe use can be communicated in the supply chain. It aims to help formulators and importers understand and implement their obligations according to the REACH and CLP regulations relating to mixtures.

Register for the re-run | Presentations | Recording

Ongoing consultations

Start: 16 October 2014
Deadline: 1 December 2014

33 testing proposals

Start: 18 November 2014
Deadline: 2 January 2015

7 testing proposals

Identification of substances of very high concern

No ongoing consultations

Draft recommendation of substances for the Authorisation List

Start: 1 September 2014
Deadline: 1 December 2014
(amended by corrigendum)
22 substances

Harmonised classification and labelling

Start: 14 October 2014
28 November 2014

1 CLH proposal

Start: 21 October 2014
5 December 2014

3 CLH proposals

Start: 28 October 2014
12 December 2014

2 CLH proposals

Start: 13 November 2014
2 January 2015

1 CLH proposal


Start: 15 October 2014
Deadline: 29 November 2014

2 calls for evidence

Start: 18 June 2014
Deadline: 18 December 2014
2 restriction proposals

Start: 17 September 2014
Deadline: 17 March 2015
1 restriction proposal

Applications for authorisation

Start: 12 November 2014
Deadline: 7 January 2015
17 consultations

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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