ECHA e-News - 6 May 2015

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


Co-opted members of RAC and SEAC:  call for expression of interests

- Experts in occupational hygiene and chemical exposure assessment
- Experts in socio-economic analysis

(Deadline: 4 June 2015, 12:00pm)

The Agency's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) are tasked to prepare and adopt opinions on applications for authorisations as set out in Title VII of the REACH Regulation.

The Agency foresees a peak workload on evaluating applications for authorisation from late 2015 through to 2016. It is therefore opening a call for co-opted members for RAC and SEAC. Applicants should express their interest on ECHA's website by 4 June 2015.

Call for expressions of interest | News alert

ECHA next week

PBT Expert Group
12-13 May

ECHA will be closed for public holiday on 14-15 May

REACH 2018 webinar

Know your portfolio and start preparing now
24 June 2015, 11:00-11:50 (EEST, GMT +3)

Register | Draft agenda

ECHA Newsletter

New intentions for risk management option analysis and hazard assessment received

The Public Activities Coordination Tool (PACT) has been updated with the publication of several new intentions for hazard assessment, three new intentions for risk management option analysis (RMOA) development and three RMOA conclusion documents.

Hazard assessment

Sweden is carrying out the assessment for endocrine disrupting properties of dicyclohexyl phthalate (EC 201-545-9). Seven new intentions for carrying out PBT assessment (of non-CoRAP) substances were also added to the list.


Three new RMOA intentions were notified by the Netherlands, for p-phenylenediamine (EC 203-404-7), [4-[α-[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]
benzylidene]cyclohexa-2,5-dien-1-ylidene]dimethylammonium acetate
(EC 255-288-2) and Indium tin oxide (EC 610-589-1).

In addition, three RMOA conclusion documents have been published, two by Sweden and one by Denmark. For perfluorononan-1-oic acid (2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,
7,7,8,8,9,9,9-heptadecafluorononanoic acid and its sodium and ammonium salts
(EC 206-801-3) and hexamethylene diacrylate (hexane-1,6-diol diacrylate, EC 255-288-2)) there is a need to initiate further regulatory risk management action at EU level in the form of the identification as a substance of very high concern under REACH. For 2-methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one (EC 220-239-6)) it is suggested to consider action under other legislation than REACH.

PACT - RMOA and hazard assessment activities

New consultations launched on harmonised classification and labelling proposals for three substances

ECHA has launched three public consultations on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for 2,3-epoxypropyl methacrylate (EC 203-441-9), 3,3'-dicyclohexyl-1,1'-methylenebis(4,1-phenylene)diurea (EC 406-370-3) and spiroxamine (ISO) (CAS 118134-30-8).

2,3-epoxypropyl methacrylate has an existing harmonised classification and the dossier submitter (the Netherlands) proposes additions and changes to the human health hazard classes.

The CLH proposal for 3,3'-dicyclohexyl-1,1'-methylenebis(4,1-phenylene)diurea is submitted by Germany which proposes to remove the existing harmonised classification for skin sensitisation and toxicity to the aquatic environment.

The final date for submitting comments for these two substances is 22 June 2015.

The CLH proposal for spiroxamine (ISO) is submitted by Germany which proposes to add specific target organ toxicity - repeated exposure (STOT-RE) to the existing harmonised classification. The previous CLH proposal, submitted in 2014, proposes revisions of some health and the environmental hazard. These hazard classes were open for public commenting in July/August 2014 and are now under discussion by ECHA's Risk Assessment Committee (RAC).

The final date for submitting comments for spiroxamine (ISO) is 4 June 2015.

Current CLH consultations

Biocidal Products Regulation

Article 95 campaign page and banner now available in 23 languages

Translations of the "Biocides 1 September 2015 - Apply now to stay on the market" campaign page and banner have been published on ECHA's website. The banner is now available in 23 EU languages.

Campaign page | Banners


OECD QSAR Toolbox webinar

17 June 2015, 11:00-13:00 Helsinki (EEST, GMT +3)

The webinar will provide an introduction to the OECD QSAR Toolbox and its functionalities. Two examples will cover endpoints which will be relevant for the REACH registration deadline in 2018 (e.g. skin sensitisation, aquatic toxicity). The Toolbox is the most comprehensive, widely recognised and freely available platform for data gap filling in regulatory hazard assessment, while avoiding tests. It is used for grouping chemicals into categories, identifying and filling (eco-)toxicological data gaps for the hazard assessment of chemicals.

Register | OECD QSAR Toolbox

Seminar on Applications for Authorisation in June

ECHA is organising a seminar in collaboration with Cefic and Eurometaux to improve future applicants' knowledge of the authorisation application procedure. The main topics to be covered include the content requirements for applications, the public consultation on possible alternatives, the analysis of alternatives and socio-economic analysis, as well as the formats, manuals and tools for the application submission.

Register | Event page

2015 Helsinki Chemicals Forum

28-29 May 2015, Helsinki

Register to the Helsinki Chemicals Forum taking place from 28 to 29 May. Registration is open until Thursday 21 May. If you are already attending the ECHA Stakeholders' Day conference on 27 May, you are entitled to a reduced fee of 650€. Keynote speakers at the event include Geert Dancet from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General and Klaus Berend, Head of Unit from the European Commission. A workshop "The business case for sound chemicals management" will also be organised by Chemical Watch at the end of the event.

The Helsinki Chemicals Forum is an independent forum engaging international authorities, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, the media and other interested parties in an open dialogue on key issues of global relevance regarding chemicals management and the control of chemicals safety.

Further information | Programme | Register

Biocides Stakeholders' Day

1 September 2015, Helsinki

The conference takes place on 1 September, which is the three-year anniversary of the entry into operation of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR).

The programme will focus on case studies and experiences from companies. There will also be presentations on the regulation and available tools and support.

The day is open to all and the content will be of particular relevance to European and national trade associations, SMEs, large companies, alternative suppliers and environmental as well as health NGOs.

Online registration is open. There are a limited number of places available on a first-come, first-served basis; so register now to ensure yours.

Event page | Register

Ongoing consultations

Start: 17 April 2015
Deadline: 4 June 2015

28 testing proposals

Start: 20 April 2015
Deadline: 8 June 2015

1 testing proposal

Start: 24 April 2015
Deadline: 12 June 2015

1 testing proposal

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: 27 March 2015
Deadline: 11 May 2015

3 CLH proposals

Start: 9 April 2015
Deadline: 26 May 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 5 May 2015
Deadline: 4 June 2015

1 CLH proposal (new)

Start: 21 April 2015
Deadline: 5 June 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 5 May 2015
Deadline: 22 June 2015

2 CLH proposals (new)


Start: 18 March 2015
Deadline: 18 May 2015
1 consultation on SEAC draft opinion

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

Start: 18 March 2015
Deadline: 18 September 2015
1 restriction proposal

Applications for authorisation

No ongoing consultations

Calls for comments and evidence

Start: 1 April 2015
Deadline: 28 May 2015

1 substance

Start: 1 April 2015
Deadline: 11 June 2015

1 substance

Start: 24 April 2015
Deadline: 24 June 2015

1 substance

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

European Chemicals Agency
P.O.Box 400 FI-00121 Helsinki, Finland