ECHA e-News - 8 April 2015

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

Downstream users

ECHA video: "Who is a downstream user under REACH and CLP?"

Users of chemicals do not always know when they are "downstream users" under REACH and CLP. ECHA has produced a short video to simply describe the roles and different types of downstream users and direct viewers to further information. The aim of the video is to reach people who do not necessarily know their role or where to find further information.

We are interested in hearing your views about the video and invite you to share them with us through a short questionnaire. The link to the questionnaire is available at the end of the video.

Watch the video | Further information

ECHA next week

10th Biocidal Products Committee meeting
14-16 April 2015

Top tips for the CLP 2015 deadline - Act now, classify and label your chemicals

Do you know what you need to do to comply with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation? Are you aware of the impact the CLP deadline on 1 June 2015 has on your company? In the December 2014 issue ECHA Newsletter has gathered some frequently asked questions related to the CLP deadline to help you in your preparations. Get to know the CLP requirements and implement them.

Top tips for the CLP 2015 deadline | Campaign materials | CLP video on ECHA's YouTube channel EUchemicals


Register by 13 April: How to identify complex substances in REACH?

27-28 April 2015, Brussels

The European Commission organises a two-day workshop focusing on the challenges companies have in identifying complex substances for REACH registration. The event will bring together stakeholders such as REACH consortia, industry associations and individual registrants as well as competent authorities, the national REACH helpdesks, ECHA and the European Commission.

All organisations whose members need to know about identification of complex substances under REACH are invited to participate and to contribute to the discussions. The registration is now open through the link below.

The workshop will be web streamed. The video recording as well as presented material will be available on the European Commission's website after the event.

Workshop | Registration

Topical Scientific Workshop on Soil Risk Assessment - call for expression of interest

7-8 October 2015, Helsinki

The topical scientific workshops of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) aim to foster discussions among academia, regulators, industry and other stakeholders on the possible regulatory impacts that the latest scientific developments may have. The Topical Scientific Workshop on Soil Risk Assessment will be arranged in cooperation with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). An anticipated outcome of this workshop is the emergence of new or improved approaches which may be applied in the implementation of the relevant European regulations.

If you are an expert in soil risk assessment, please express your interest in participating using the following link by 15 April 2015.

Event page

10th Stakeholders' Day – register now

27 May 2015, Helsinki

This year, we will hear best practice from a wide range of experts from industry, Member States, NGOs and ECHA. Our three plenary sessions are the following: "REACH 2018", "Improving dossier quality" and "Risk management".

As before, participants can also book one-to-one sessions with ECHA's scientific experts to discuss specific topics and receive advice.

Participation to the conference is free of charge. The conference will be web-streamed live and a link to join the broadcast will be available on the ECHA home page on the morning of the event. Registration is open until 1 May or until places run out.

Register | List of speakers | Event page

Biocides Stakeholders' Day – registration open

1 September 2015, Helsinki

Biocides Stakeholders' Day will take 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 now 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: 16 March 2015
Deadline: 30 April 2015

15 testing proposals

Identification of substances of very high concern

Start: 2 March 2015
Deadline: 16 April 2015

2 SVHC proposals

Draft recommendation of substances for the Authorisation List

No ongoing consultations

Harmonised classification and labelling

Start: 10 March 2015
Deadline: 24 April 2015

1 CLH proposal

Start: 27 March 2015
Deadline: 11 May 2015

3 CLH proposals


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

Start: 11 February 2015
Deadline: 8 April 2015

1 consultation

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

Biocides consultation

Start: 9 February 2015
Deadline: 10 April 2015

2 active substances

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