ECHA e-News - 28 January 2015

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

Dossier Evaluation

ECHA tightens its practice on dossier updates

ECHA starts publishing a list of likely cases for compliance checks. At the same time, the Agency tightens and clarifies deadlines for dossier updates to reduce processing times once dossier evaluation has been started.

News alert | Substances potentially subject to CCH

ECHA awarded ISO 9001:2008 certificate

On 15 December 2014, ECHA received the ISO 9001 certificate by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance. The scope of certification covers the Agency's scientific, technical and administrative tasks under the REACH and CLP regulations and the development of supporting IT applications.

News item | Certificate

ECHA next week

BPC-9 meeting
2-6 February 2015

MSC-40 meeting
2-5 February 2015

Five new CLP Frequently Asked Questions published

The national CLP helpdesks, ECHA and the Commission have agreed on five new CLP FAQs which have recently been published on ECHA's website. They are with the unique IDs 1049, 1050, 1051, 1052, and 1053. These FAQs touch upon harmonised classification and labelling requirements, mixture classification, CLP pictogram requirements, and the classification, labelling and packaging requirements for biocidal products.

Search for Q&As | See all Q&As

Updated guidance to support R&D and innovation translated

Under REACH, potential exemptions from registration exist for substances used in research and development. An updated Guidance on Scientific Research and Development (SR&D) and Product and Process Orientated Research and Development (PPORD) in the English language and a completely new associated guidance in a nutshell document (the latter in 23 EU languages) were published simultaneously in November 2014. The intention of these documents is to support companies better in their decisions to innovate by clarifying the obligations and necessary actions required of those wishing to take advantage of these exemptions. The updated guidance also gives additional information on conditions that ECHA can impose and on the procedures for renewal of an exemption. The translations into a further 22 EU languages of the updated guidance have now also been published on 23 January 2015.

Guidance document | Guidance in a nutshell on PPORD

Announcement of new appeals

The Board of Appeal has published announcements of three new appeals. Cases A-014-2014, A-015-2014 and A-016-2014 concern compliance check decisions.

Appeal announcements


10th Stakeholders' Day Conference – Registration open

27 May 2015, Helsinki

The 10th conference offers participants the chance to hear the latest news and updates from ECHA, European industry associations and NGOs.

Industry participants have the possibility to book one-to-one sessions with the Agency's scientific experts during the conference to discuss specific topics and to receive advice and guidance for key processes relevant to the implementation of the European chemicals legislation.

A detailed programme will be published on the event page closer to the event date. The conference takes place in ECHA's premises in Helsinki and will be web-streamed live. Participation to the conference is free-of-charge.

For any event related enquiries, contact us at:

Register | Event page

Helsinki Chemicals Forum – reduced registration fee

28-29 May 2015, Helsinki

The next Helsinki Chemicals Forum takes place in Helsinki, following ECHA's 10th Stakeholders' Day conference.

Participants of the Stakeholders' Day are entitled to a reduced entrance fee for the 2015 Helsinki Chemicals Forum by using the registration code "SHD2015" when registering. The standard registration fee will be reduced from 870 € to 650 €. Chemical Watch organises a workshop on the second day of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum which costs an additional 250 €.

The Helsinki Chemicals Forum aims to become the pre-eminent thinktank dedicated to inclusive, transparent and independent debate on the key issues of safe chemicals management. It is an independent forum engaging international authorities, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, the media and other interested parties in an open dialogue.

Helsinki Chemicals Forum

Shaping the future of food safety, together

14-16 October 2015, Milan

Scientists from inside and outside Europe are invited to attend a major scientific conference organised by EFSA on the occasion of the World EXPO 2015. The conference focuses on two major themes - Assessment Science, and Science, Innovation and Society - and is organised in plenary and breakout sessions.

Participants are invited to register online by 15 May 2015. Scientists and early-career researchers have the opportunity to showcase their work by submitting an abstract for the poster session by 3 April 2015.

To help early-career researchers participate in the conference, EFSA is offering to make a financial contribution to the travel and accommodation costs of selected participants. The conference is free of charge for participants.

Register | Event page

Ongoing consultations

Start: 23 January 2015
Deadline: 9 March 2015

11 testing proposals (new)

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: 13 January 2015
Deadline: 27 February 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 20 January 2015
Deadline: 6 March 2015

1 CLH proposal


Start: 10 December 2014
Deadline: 9 February 2015
2 consultations on SEAC draft opinion

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

Start: 17 December 2014
Deadline: 17 June 2015
1 restriction proposal

Applications for authorisation

No ongoing consultations

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

European Chemicals Agency
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