ECHA Weekly - 11 January 2017

ECHA Weekly

Chemical safety for workers targeted by next EU enforcement project

Enforcement authorities in the EU will inspect how safety information on hazardous chemicals is compiled, communicated in the supply chain and followed at workplaces.

Press release


Happy 2017

Everybody at the European Chemicals Agency would like to wish you a happy and successful new year!


Ideas for promoting the REACH 2018 registration deadline put together

Do you need material or new ideas on how to promote the last registration deadline for existing chemicals in your networks? Look no further. We have collected our materials and ideas to a new toolkit web page.

If your not-for-profit organisation represents companies that deal with chemicals, we still urge you to join our REACH 2018 Communicators’ Network. There is less than one and a half years to go until 31 May 2018 and we need all your support in reaching the small and medium-sized companies affected.

Toolkit for promoting the REACH 2018 deadline | REACH 2018 Communicators’ Network | REACH 2018 web pages

Q&As on the first phases of REACH registration now in your language

Around 100 questions and answers relevant to the first three phases of the REACH 2018 registration roadmap are now available in 23 EU languages. You can search for the relevant question and answer in your language by changing the language in the upper right corner menu on our website.

Q&A support | REACH 2018 web pages

New Commission requests to ECHA related to restrictions

The European Commission has requested ECHA to evaluate certain elements of the existing Annex XVII restrictions on polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in rubber or plastic components of articles (entry 50) and lead in jewellery (entry 63) to support the Commission in their future reviews of these entries.

In addition, the Commission have requested ECHA to develop an Annex XV restriction dossier for the uses of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) in leave on cosmetic products and in other consumer products not covered by the UK’s restriction proposal submitted on 17 April 2015.

ECHA's current activities on restrictions

New intentions to harmonise classification and labelling

Two new intentions have been received to harmonise the classification and labelling of the substances:

  • azoxystrobin (ISO); methyl (2E)-2-(2-{[6-(2-cyanophenoxy)pyrimidin-4-yl]oxy}phenyl)-3-methoxyacrylate (CAS 131860-33-8), and
  • ammonium bromide (EC 235-183-8; CAS 12124-97-9).

Registry of current CLH intentions

New intention to identify a substance of very high concern

ECHA plans to submit a dossier on the identification of ethylenediamine as a substance of very high concern (SVHC). The expected submission date is 7 August 2017.

Registry of current SVHC intentions

Downstream users

New version 2.3 of the ESCom catalogue of standard phrases published

The catalogue of standard phrases for exposure scenarios has been updated. The ESCom project aims  to provide standard phrases on the safe use of chemicals in the extended safety data sheet in a consistent and harmonised way throughout the supply chain.

ESCom Catalogue


Webinar: How are substances screened and shortlisted?

14 February 2017, 11:00-13:00 Helsinki time

In late January every year, a number of substances are marked for manual screening by Member States. This webinar explains the screening process, its timelines, and the criteria for shortlisting. It also explains how registrants can influence the manual screening process by updating their dossiers and how they can obtain more information on common screening. Registrants will also learn how to react to the informative letters sent by ECHA to all registrants of shortlisted substances.


REACH 2018 SME workshop – road to successful registration

9-10 March 2017 | Vienna, Austria

A practical REACH 2018 workshop for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be held in Vienna in March. It features presentations on key registration topics and one-to-one sessions, where you can discuss your specific situation with experts from ECHA and national helpdesks.

By the end of the workshop, registrants will be able to submit their registration dossier and downstream users will have a better understanding of what is important for them in relation to the last registration deadline. Participation is free of charge.

The workshop is organised by ECHA and the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME).

Programme and registration

Register now: Stakeholders’ Day 4-5 April

Book your seat for this two-day event focused on the REACH 2018 deadline. Bring your IT skills up-to-speed on 4 April with training on REACH-IT, IUCLID, Chesar and QSAR Toolbox. If you are new to REACH, you can take part in our workshop ‘From zero to registration’ and, as an SME, in a workshop on the soon available cloud service. On 5 April, the plenary sessions will focus on three topics: the road to REACH 2018, case studies for successful registration and managing risks in the supply chain.

Event page

Calls for information

Public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

ECHA is looking for comments on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for:

  • pyridate (ISO); O-(6-chloro-3-phenylpyridazin-4-yl) S-octyl thiocarbonate (EC 259-686-7; CAS 55512-33-9), which is a herbicide mainly used in agriculture. It has an existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on the specific target organ toxicity – single and repeated exposure, and aquatic acute and chronic toxicity hazard classess.
  • cobalt (EC 231-158-0; CAS 7440-48-4), which is a metal used as an intermediate for the production of other chemicals (e.g. pigments) and alloys. It is also used in articles intended for machinery and mechanical appliances as well as electrical/electronic products (e.g. computers, cameras, lamps, refrigerators, and washing machines), batteries and accumulators. At extremely low doses, cobalt is considered an essential element present in enzymes and as a constituent of cobalamin, also known as vitamin B12. It has an existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP as a respiratory and skin sensitiser and for its chronic aquatic toxicity. Comments are invited on the germ cell mutagenicity, carcinogenicity and reproductive toxicity hazard classess.

The deadline for comments is 24 February 2017, 23:59 EET (Helsinki time).

Public consultations

Have a look at the 23 currently open consultations on our home page.

All open consultations

REACH 2018

503 days until the REACH 2018 deadline


ECHA is looking for audiovisual technicians.


REACH 2018

Biocides Stakeholders' Day
26-27 September 2017

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