ECHA Weekly - 17 February 2016

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ECHA gives out registration data to support development of non-test methods

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has been given access to certain data from ECHA's chemicals database to develop a new tool for predicting toxicity of chemicals. The aim of the tool is to avoid unnecessary testing on animals when filling information gaps on chemicals. ECHA supports this industry initiative by giving Cefic access to carefully-selected parts of the non-confidential registration data, to protect the rights of the data owners.

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How are substances selected for manual screening?

The screening definition document describes different scenarios and priorities for the common screening. The 2016 priorities for identifying and selecting substances of potential concern for manual screening are described.

Screening definition document | Webinar

Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment updated

ECHA has updated the chapters on sediment organisms' toxicity (Chapter R.7b) and environmental exposure assessment (Chapter R.16).

The update of Chapter R.7b (section addressing sediment organisms' toxicity) takes into account the outcome of the Topical Scientific Workshop on Risk Assessment for the Sediment Compartment held in 2013 in ECHA. It also aims to reflect the latest scientific consensus and further clarify important elements, such as species selection and the applicability of the equilibrium partitioning method and of latest OECD guidelines.

The structure of Chapter R.16 (environmental exposure assessment) has been revised to present in a more readable way the standard approach to environmental exposure assessment. The section on release estimation has been expanded by elaborating existing information. Most of the changes aim to improve clarity and consistency, remove redundancies and further elaborate existing concepts.

Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment

Minutes of committee meetings available

The final minutes of the December 2015 meetings of the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) are available on our website.

RAC minutes | SEAC minutes


Registry of intentions updated

Five dossiers and one intention to propose harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) have been submitted by Member States and industry.

CLH intensions | Submitted CLH proposals


Biocidal Products Committee adopts opinions on three active substances

The Biocidal Products Committee has adopted opinions supporting the approval of three active substances for use in biocidal products used as disinfectants and insecticides. The substances are:

  • Citric acid for product type 2
  • Cyfluthrin for product type 18
  • Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. Kurstaki, Serotype 3a3b, Strain ABTS-351 for product type 18

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Board of Appeal

New appeal

The Board of Appeal has published an announcement concerning a new appeal. Case A-024-2015 concerns a registration which was submitted outside an existing joint submission for the same substance.

Appeal announcements

Downstream users

Watch and share our videos for downstream users

Two short videos published last year explain who downstream users are under REACH and CLP and what their main obligations are. The videos are in English but can be watched subtitled in 23 languages by changing the settings of the viewing window.

Video: Who is a downstream user?
Video: How REACH and CLP affect downstream users

Calls for information

Harmonised classification and labelling

ECHA has launched public consultations on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for three substances. Submit comments by 4 April 2016.

1-vinylimidazole (EC 214-012-0; CAS 1072-63-5) is an industrial monomer intended for the production of polymers used in different professional and consumer products. Comment on the hazard class reproductive toxicity.

Potassium permanganate (EC 231-760-3; CAS 7722-64-7) is mainly used as a laboratory reagent, as a chemical intermediate and in water treatment in agriculture, forestry and fishing industries. Comment on the hazard class reproductive toxicity.

Pentasodium (carboxylatomethyl)iminobis (ethylenenitrilo)tetraacetate (EC 205-391-3; CAS 140-01-2) is used in industrial, professional and consumer products, including pulp and paper industries, washing and cleaning products and textiles. Comment on the hazard classes acute toxicity, reproductive toxicity and specific target organ toxicity - repeated exposure.

Give comments on CLH | All ECHA's open consultations


Several websites and tools unavailable on 23 February

Due to maintenance on Tuesday 23 February, the following will be unavailable (from 8:00 to 18:00): ECHA website, Chesar, IUCLID 6, QSAR Toolbox, eCHEM Portal and Dissemination.

However, you can access REACH-IT, ePIC, IUCLID 5, R4BP 3 and the SPC editor directly at the links below.

In urgent cases, please send your enquiries to: stating your company name, contact details, submission number, description of your issue (for technical issues, please include your browser version).

The switchboard will be available during office hours: +358 9 6861 80.

REACH-IT | ePIC | IUCLID 5 | R4BP 3 | SPC editor

REACH 2018

832 days until the REACH 2018 deadline


Committee for Risk Assessment
29 February - 10 March 2016

Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis
8-11 March 2016


ECHA is looking for seconded national experts


Stakeholders' Day

Webinar on REACH 2018: Get organised with your co-registrants
2 March 2016

Topical Scientific Workshop - New Approach Methodologies in Regulatory Science
19-20 April 2016

Stakeholders' Day
24-25 May 2016

Biocides Stakeholders' Day
1 September 2016


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