ECHA e-News - 5 August 2015

ECHA e-News template update in June 2015
ECHA e-News is a weekly update from the European Chemicals Agency


Imidacloprid: new assessment report

The assessment report for the biocidal active substance imidacloprid (EC 428-040-8) has been revised. Specifically, the value for the predicted no effect concentration (PNEC) has changed. If you have applied or will apply for authorisation to use imidacloprid in your product, you need to take the new data into account in your risk assessment. The revised assessment report was agreed in the Biocidal Products Committee meeting in June.

Assessment report | Biocidal active substances

Public consultation on SEAC's draft opinion on restricting decaBDE

Stakeholders are invited to comment the draft opinion of the Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) concerning the restriction proposal on decaBDE (EC 214-604-9). The public consultation includes two specific questions related to the automotive and recycling sectors. If you have information on decaBDE related to these sectors please comment on the draft opinion by 17 August.

Submitted restrictions under consideration


Why opt for substitution? Register for our webinar

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

Replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives can bring substantial benefits to the company, the environment and the health of workers and consumers – all good reasons to opt for substitution. An additional driver comes from the chemicals legislation. Companies using substances that have been identified as SVHCs under REACH have to decide whether to apply for permission to continue using these toxic substances for a limited period of time or to substitute them with safer alternatives.

ECHA and a group of accredited stakeholder organisations will organise a series of webinars aiming to inspire companies to substitute hazardous chemicals and explain how it can be done. All webinars include examples of real life substitution projects. This is the first webinar in the series.

Register | Agenda

Workshop on Applications for authorisation for "Process Chemicals"

23 September 2015, 9:00 - 17:00, Brussels

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) and the European Association of Metals (Eurometaux) are organising a workshop, in association with ECHA and the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), on the 23 September in Brussels on fit-for-purpose applications for authorisation for "process chemicals". The workshop will explore chemical safety assessment, analysis of alternatives and socio-economic analysis, and will comprise both plenary and breakout sessions.

Programme | Event page

Biocides Stakeholders' Day – have you registered yet?

1 September 2015, Helsinki

The focus of this one day event will be on case studies and experiences from companies on the various aspects of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). The presentations will be particularly relevant to European and national trade associations, SMEs, large companies, alternative suppliers and environmental, animal-welfare as well as health NGOs. You will have a chance to book one-to-one sessions with ECHA staff on topical biocides issues. Further information for booking a slot will be sent to all registered participants ahead of the event.

Participation to the conference is free-of-charge but places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. If you cannot join us in Helsinki, follow the event online. You will find the link on the ECHA home page 24 hours before the event.

Register | Programme | Event page

Ongoing consultations

Start: 25 June 2015
Deadline: 10 August 2015

36 testing proposals

Start: 31 July 2015
Deadline: 14 September 2015

3 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: 30 June 2015
Deadline: 14 August 2015

2 CLH proposals

Start: 10 July 2015
Deadline: 24 August 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 14 July 2015
Deadline: 28 August 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 28 July 2015
Deadline: 11 September 2015

2 CLH proposals


Start: 17 June 2015
Deadline: 17 August 2015
1 SEAC draft opinion

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

No ongoing consultations

Calls for comments and evidence

No ongoing calls

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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