ECHA e-News - 30 September 2015

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

REACH registration

Upcoming: Registration process changes in 2016

In 2016, ECHA will release new versions of the IT tools used for creating (IUCLID) and submitting (REACH-IT) registrations. The main changes will be an updated completeness check process and an improved system to make sure that all registrations for the same substance are made with a single joint registration. What are these about? Read more in the latest issue of the ECHA Newsletter.

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ECHA next week

Topical Scientific Workshop on Soil Risk Assessment
7-8 October 2015

Stay up-to-date with upcoming biocides deadlines

Consult the new 'Upcoming deadlines' page on our website to stay up-to-date with all the main deadlines related to the Biocidal Products and the Review Progamme regulations. Currently, the nearest deadlines are in October 2015 to submit notifications to ECHA for certain active substance/product type combinations.

Upcoming deadlines

New consultations on three plant protection products launched

ECHA has launched three public consultations on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for pinoxaden (ISO); 8-(2,6-diethyl-4-methylphenyl)-7-oxo-1,2,4,5-tetrahydro-7H-pyrazolo[1,2-d][1,4,5]oxadiazepin-9-yl 2,2-dimethylpropanoate (CAS 243973-20-8), phosmet (ISO); S-[(1,3-dioxo-1,3-dihydro-2H-isoindol-2-yl)methyl] O,O-dimethyl phosphorodithioate (CAS 732-11-6) and quizalofop-P-tefuryl; (+/-) tetrahydrofurfuryl (R)-2-[4-(6-chloroquinoxalin-2-yloxy)phenyloxy]propionate (CAS 200509-41-7).

Pinoxaden (ISO) is used in the EU as a herbicide on winter and spring cereals (wheat, rye, barley, triticale and durum).

Phosmet (ISO) is used in the EU as an insecticide and an acaricide.

Quizalofop-P-tefuryl is used in the EU to control a range of annual and perennial grass weeds in a range of broad-leaved field crops.

The final date for submitting comments for all three substances is 16 November 2015.

Current CLH consultations

Registry of Intentions updated

Harmonised classification and labelling

Three new intentions for harmonised classification and labelling were added to the Registry of Intentions. These are for L-(+)-lactic acid; (2S)-2-hydroxypropanoic acid (EC 201-196-2), 2-methyl-1,2-benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one (CAS 2527-66-4), diisohexyl phthalate (EC 276-090-2).

Current CLH intentions

New working group to address petroleum and coal stream substances

On 10 and 11 September, representatives from the Member States, the European Commission and stakeholder organisations met for the first time to discuss how to progress on petroleum and coal stream substances. A set of 65 substances with uses by consumers and at professional settings were given the highest priority for further work in order to focus on substances that matter the most for human health and the environment. The group agreed on actions to better understand the hazards of these substances and the need for potential regulatory action. The work is part of the Roadmap for substances of very high concern and implementation of REACH risk management measures.

SVHC Roadmap to 2020

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Topical scientific workshop on soil risk assessment

7-8 October 2015, Helsinki

ECHA and the European Food Safety Authority organise a scientific workshop on soil risk assessment on 7-8 October. The event focuses on the safe use of industrial chemicals, biocides and pesticides, aiming to prevent soil contamination.

Over 200 participants representing academia, industry, regulators and stakeholders will discuss assessing the risks of chemical substances in soil. The workshop will also address how the main long-term challenges from the regulatory perspective can be reflected in research on soil risk assessment. The discussions will be reinforced by case studies, information on the recent developments in this field and on risk assessment methodologies applied in chemicals management.

The event will be web streamed and you can send us your questions on Twitter by using the #HelsinkiSoil hashtag. We will collect them and try to answer as many as possible live during our panel discussion on 8 October from 16:00 Helsinki time.

Event page

Conference: REACH and beyond - challenges and options for improvements

20 October 2015, Brussels

Eight EU Member States and Norway invite you to a conference in Brussels on 20 October to discuss the need for action and possible solutions on how to improve the operation of REACH and to initiate thinking beyond REACH on our future chemicals policy. The event will bring together high level representatives from the Member States, the European Parliament and the European Commission, as well as industry associations and consumer and environmental organisations. This is an opportunity to interact and engage directly with regulators on how the operation of REACH can be improved.

Event page

ECHA webinar: Downstream user update

21 October 2015, 11:00 - 12:30, Helsinki time

The webinar aims to update downstream users on recent activities that will help them use chemicals safely and fulfil their duties under REACH. The topics will include how downstream users can benefit from the latest work done to improve the information in the supply chain, how to prepare a downstream user chemical safety report and how to notify ECHA on authorised uses.

Webinar page | Agenda | Register

Information session on the new registration process

4 November 2015, Brussels

In preparation for the last REACH registration deadline, ECHA is revising the registration process in 2016. ECHA and industry associations are now organising an information session to inform stakeholders on the upcoming changes, which include an updated completeness check process, changes to the IT tools (REACH-IT, IUCLID, Chesar) and making sure that there is only one registration per substance (one substance, one registration principle). Register now to get your seat.

Event page | Registration

Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios to meet in Brussels

5-6 November 2015, Brussels

The ninth ENES meeting will give an update on the development of tools to improve communication on use and exposure in the supply chain under REACH. The tools are being developed under the CSR/ES Roadmap.

Event page

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

REACH 2018 webinar: Find your co-registrants and prepare to work together

18 November 2015, 11:00 - 12:00, Helsinki time

Does your company have previous experience of registering chemicals under the REACH Regulation? If not, this webinar is for you. We will show you how to retrieve your pre-registrations in REACH-IT and check if your substance has been already registered. You will learn how to find the companies you need to work with to register jointly. You will also get tips on how to start cooperating in a substance information exchange forum (SIEF). A Q&A session at the end of the webinar will address any outstanding issues related to the topic.

This is the second webinar of a series focusing on practical information to successfully register by the deadline of 31 May 2018.

Register | REACH 2018 web pages | REACH 2018 webinar: Know your portfolio and start preparing now

Ongoing consultations

Start: 31 August 2015
Deadline: 15 October 2015

8 testing proposals

Start: 30 September 2015
Deadline: 16 November 2015

10 testing proposals (new)

Identification of substances of very high concern

Start: 31 August 2015
Deadline: 15 October 2015

7 substances

Draft recommendation of substances for the Authorisation List

No ongoing consultations

Harmonised classification and labelling

Start: 30 September 2015
Deadline: 16 November 2015

3 consultations (new)


Start: 16 September 2015
Deadline: 16 November 2015
2 consultations on SEAC draft opinion

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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