ECHA e-News - 9 December 2015

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


ECHA committees finalise evaluation of bisphenol A restriction proposal

ECHA's Committee for Socio-economic Assessment (SEAC) has concluded that the socio-economic benefits of restricting bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper are unlikely to be higher than the socio-economic costs. SEAC also noted that there are other considerations in favour of the restriction that should be taken into account by the European Commission in making their decision. The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) had previously concluded that the risk for workers handling thermal paper was not adequately controlled.

Press release

ECHA next week

Management Board
16-17 December

Risk Assessment Committee concludes on methanol restriction

The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) agreed on three draft opinions for authorisation applications for uses of 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC), sodium chromate and sodium dichromate. The committee also adopted an opinion on the restriction proposal on methanol, supporting Poland's proposal to restrict the concentration limits of methanol in windscreen washing fluids and denaturated ethanol. Finally, RAC proposed 17 substances for harmonised classification and labelling.

News alert | More details on the opinions

Socio-economic Assessment Committee concludes on three restriction proposals

The Committee for Socio-economic Assessment (SEAC) adopted final opinions on the restriction proposals for Bisphenol A and PFOA. It also agreed on draft opinions supporting the restriction of methanol and authorisation applications for three substances.

News alert

Public consultation on SEAC's draft opinion on restricting methanol

Stakeholders are invited to comment the draft opinion of the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis concerning a proposal to restrict methanol (EC 200-659-6; CAS 67-56-1). The public consultation is open until 9 February 2016.

Public consultation | News alert

Submit substance in article notifications by 15 December 2015

The deadline for submitting substance in article notifications on two substances of very high concern, which were added to the Candidate List last June, is 15 December 2015:


  • 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); (EC numbers 271-094-0 and 272-013-1; CAS numbers 68515-51-5 and 68648-93-1).
  • 5-sec-butyl-2-(2,4-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxane [1], 5-sec-butyl-2-(4,6-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxane [2] [covering any of the individual stereoisomers of [1] and [2] or any combination thereof].
Importers and EU producers are invited to check if their articles meet the conditions for the notification obligation under Article 7 of REACH. The notification can be submitted through the "substance in article" webform, or through REACH-IT using IUCLID.


Notification of substances in articles | Submit notifications | Candidate List

REACH Guidance document on use description updated

ECHA has published an update of Chapter R.12 of the Guidance on information requirements and chemical safety assessment on use description.

News item | Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment, Chapter R.12

New chemicals to fall under export notification obligation

Annex I to the Prior Informed Consent Regulation (PIC) has been amended with 12 new entries, which cover a total of 143 chemicals. The amendment will enter into force on 1 February 2016. To continue exporting these chemicals without interruption, a notification should already be submitted in December 2015.

News alert

ePIC industry user manual available in 23 languages

The manual guides companies on how to use the ePIC IT application to fulfil their obligations under the PIC Regulation. It describes, for example, how to submit and follow up on export notifications, special RIN (reference identification number) requests and reports of actual exports and imports (Article 10 reports).

ePIC manual

New consultations on harmonised classification and labelling

ECHA has launched public consultations on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for three substances. Submit comments by 25 January 2016.

Succinic anhydride (EC 203-570-0; CAS 108-30-5) is currently classified in Annex VI to the CLP Regulation. It is used as a monomer for the production of resins and thermoplastics. The substance is also registered as an intermediate in the synthesis of other substances and as a laboratory reagent. No consumer use has been registered. The proposal also makes use of read-across from maleic anhydride. We invite comments on the hazard classes acute toxicity, respiratory and skin sensitisation, eye damage and skin corrosion.

Maleic anhydride (EC 203-571-6; CAS 108-31-6) is also classified in Annex VI to CLP and it has very similar uses as succinic anhydride. It is used as a monomer and as an intermediate in the synthesis of other substances, e.g. unsaturated polyester resins, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, lubricating-oil additives and foodstuff additives. Consumer and professional uses as adhesives and sealants have been registered. We invite comments on the hazard classes acute toxicity, eye damage, skin sensitisation and specific target organ toxicity – repeated exposure (respiratory system and kidneys).

Isoproturon (ISO); 3-(4-isopropylphenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea (EC 251-835-4, CAS 34123-59-6) is also classified in Annex VI to CLP. It is a herbicide used in agriculture for the control of a range of mono- and dicotyledonous weeds in cereals. It is also a biocidal active substance used as a film and construction materials preservative. We invite comments on the hazard classes reproductive toxicity, specific target organ toxicity – repeated exposure and hazardous to the aquatic environment (M-factors).

Public consultation

Registry of intentions updated

The United Kingdom intends to submit a proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling for mesotrione (ISO); 2-[4-(methylsulfonyl)-2-nitrobenzoyl]-1,3-cyclohexanedione (CAS 104206-82-8).

Current CLH intentions


SEURAT-1 Symposium - presentations available

The SEURAT-1 Symposium "Painting the future animal-free safety assessment of chemical substances: Achievements of SEURAT-1" was held on 4 December 2015 in Brussels. This unique event highlighted the scientific achievements of the largest ever EU research initiative on non-animal methods for the safety assessment of chemicals. Check the presentations.

SEURAT-1 Symposium

REACH 2018 webinar: "Get organised with your co-registrants - SIEF management and data sharing"

2 March 2016, 11:00 - 12:00, Helsinki time

Register for this webinar particularly if you are registering a substance for the first time and do not have previous experience on substance information exchange forum (SIEF) activities and data sharing.

Register | REACH 2018

Ongoing consultations

Start: 1 November 2015
Deadline: 16 December 2015

4 testing proposals

Start: 30 November 2015
Deadline: 14 January 2016

24 testing proposals

Identification of substances of very high concern

No ongoing consultations

Draft recommendation of substances for the Authorisation List

Start: 18 November 2015
Deadline: 18 February 2016
11 substances

Harmonised classification and labelling

Start: 27 October 2015
Deadline: 11 December 2015

2 CLH proposals

Start: 24 November 2015
Deadline: 8 January 2016

1 CLH proposal

Start: 9 December 2015
Deadline: 25 January 2016

3 CLH proposals (new)


Start: 18 June 2015
18 December 2015
1 restriction proposal

Start: 9 December 2015
9 February 2016
1 SEAC draft opinion (new)

Applications for authorisation

Start: 11 November 2015
Deadline: 7 January 2016
3 consultations

Calls for comments and evidence

No ongoing consultations

Biocides consultation

No ongoing consultations

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