ECHA Weekly - 13 February 2019

Act now to stay on the EU market after the UK’s withdrawal

All companies placing chemical substances onto the markets in the EU and EEA need to prepare for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU. New instructions are now available on ECHA’s website.
The new material includes Q&As on stockpiles and how to transport substances through the UK to reach an Irish downstream user.


Clearer requirements for applications for authorisation

Updated formats for applications for authorisation and review reports are now available on ECHA’s website. The formats are compatible with the updated opinion format of ECHA’s scientific committees, and instruct applicants on how to present their analysis of alternatives and socio-economic analysis when applying for continuing the use of a SVHC. Their use will become mandatory from 1 June 2019.


Registries of SVHC and restriction intentions updated to cover entire processes

The registries now cover the steps in the procedures for SVHC identification and for restriction from intention until outcome, including committee opinions or agreements. The update follows the same approach as the expansion carried out in 2018 for the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) process.

ECHA’s registries of intentions until outcome inform interested parties of planned submissions, giving them time to prepare for commenting later in the process. It may also be used to track progress of a dossier through the CLH, SVHC identification and restriction processes.

The public activities coordination tool (PACT) has also been updated to include the outcomes of the SHVC identification and restriction processes

Registry of SVHC intentions until outcome | Registry of restriction intentions until outcome | PACT

Public consultations launched on applications for authorisation

ECHA has launched eight public consultations on applications for authorisation for chromium trioxide (EC 215-607-8, CAS 1333-82-0) for the uses of functional chrome plating with decorative character for sanitary applications (including etching and electroplating), as well as for the uses of passivation and electrolytic coating of steel.

More information about the uses that authorisation is being applied for, including the description of the function of the substance, exposure scenarios, possible alternatives identified by the applicants, and socio-economic information, is available on ECHA's website.

The deadline for comments is 10 April 2019.

Applications for authorisation - current consultations

Have your say on the EU Observatory for Nanomaterials

We are collecting your views on how the EUON is performing and how it could be developed further to best meet your needs. Have your say by replying to our short questionnaire by 25 February.

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New proposal to harmonise classification and labelling

One new proposal has been submitted for daminozide (EC 216-485-9, CAS 1596-84-5).

Registry of CLH intentions until outcome

New training videos on degradation kinetics

Our new training videos explain how to use kinetic models to calculate endpoints from biodegradation studies – with a focus on biocides. The videos are useful to both applicants for authorisation and risk assessors. You will learn how to derive the correct half-life data, which can be used as input for exposure models or PBT assessments, and be crucial in deciding on the need for higher-tier studies.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Authorities and stakeholders discuss ways to improve active substance approvals

Member State authorities, the European Commission, stakeholders and ECHA have discussed over the last two days ways to improve the biocidal active substance approval process, aiming in particular at speeding up the Review Programme of existing active substances. Themes of the workshop included lessons learnt and evolution of the situation since 2015, optimising the use of available resources, requesting data, assessing endocrine disruptor properties and grouping active substances. The workshop report will be made available on ECHA’s website.
Occupational exposure limits

Occupational exposure limit web pages published

We have launched a new web section on the occupational exposure limit (OEL) assessment work carried out by the Agency under the Chemical Agents Directive (CAD) and the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD).

The web pages provide background information on the relevant legislation, and outline the steps, actors and timelines in the preparation of opinions on OEL values. An activity list will be added later, which will provide an up-to-date overview of planned, ongoing and completed OEL activities, including calls for evidence, public consultations and the adoption of final opinions by the Committee for Risk Assessment.

The pages are introduced in the CAD/CMD section under the revamped ‘Legislation’ tab, which lists all pieces of legislation currently implemented by ECHA.

OEL web pages

ECHA IT systems

Due to maintenance, most of ECHA's IT systems will be unavailable between 20:00 on Friday 15 February and 8:00 on Monday 18 February (Helsinki time).


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