From 1 September 2015, a biocidal product consisting of, containing, or generating a relevant substance, cannot be made available on the EU market if the substance supplier or product supplier is not included in the Article 95 list for the product type(s) to which the product belongs. The list of active substances and suppliers has been updated.
ECHA launches a public consultation on two proposals to identify new substances of very high concern (SVHCs)
The first substance, 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-10-alkyl esters; 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, mixed decyl and hexyl and octyl diesters with ≥ 0.3% of dihexyl phthalate (EC No. 201-559-5) is used as a plasticiser and lubricant. The second substance, 5-sec-butyl-2-(2,4-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxane , 5-sec-butyl-2-(4,6-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxane  [covering any of the individual isomers of  and  or any combination thereof] is a group entry and substances falling under this entry include for example, Karanal.
The deadline for submitting information is 16 April 2015.
Assessing the reliability of Specific Environmental Release Categories
ECHA has published a report assessing the reliability of SpERCs (Specific Environmental Release Categories) in the context of REACH information requirements related to chemical safety assessment. The report is useful for industry preparing SpERCs and for registrants using them. It proposes a best practice format and suggests streamlining SpERC factsheets as well as providing explanatory information in a background document. The report also recommends discussing the draft best practice format with industry and Member States to clarify remaining issues.
Two new CLH intentions were added to the Registry of Intentions. The new CLH intentions are for 1-vinylimidazole (EC 214-012-0) and nitric acid ... % (EC 231-714-2). Four CLH proposals were submitted: acetaldehyde (EC 200-836-8) was submitted by the Netherlands, flutianil (ISO) (CAS 958647-10-4) was submitted by the United Kingdom, isoproturon (ISO) (EC 251-835-4) was submitted by Germany, and 1,2-dihydroxybenzene; pyrocatechol (EC 204-427-5) was submitted by France.
Stakeholders' Day Conference – all speakers confirmed
27 May 2015, Helsinki
The latest additions to our guest speakers include Jan Wijmenga from the Member State Competent Authority of Netherlands, speaking about liaising with your Member State in substance evaluation matters, Martin Kayser from BASF SE giving an industry view on substance evaluation and Frida Hök from the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) presenting third party contributions through public consultations.
Places for the event are filling up fast so register now to ensure yours!