Working on the world’s broadest restriction of intentional uses of microplastics
ECHA’s proposal to restrict intentionally-added microplastics is the most comprehensive restriction initiative in the world for reducing emissions from intentional uses of microplastics. Following an extensive consultation in 2019, the Agency has updated its proposal while remaining independent and following a transparent and evidence-based scientific approach.
Committees’ opinions on application for authorisation available
The consolidated opinions of the Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) for three uses of 4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated and 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated by IDEXX Montpellier SAS and IDEXX Europe B.V. are now available.
Practical solutions to help meet harmonised information requirements
The European Commission has adopted a second amendment to Annex VIII to CLP, which includes provisions to help companies meet requirements for poison centre notifications. The amendment aims to address concerns on the administrative burden for companies while still meeting the information needs of poison centres.
Consultation launched for two potential candidates for substitution
ECHA has launched a consultation for boric acid (EC 233-139-2, CAS 10043-35-3) and disodium tetraborate pentahydrate (EC 215-540-4, CAS 12179-04-3) as new potential candidates for substitution under the Biocidal Products Regulation. The deadline to comment 27 October 2020.
Sharing of information on exports of harmful chemicals continues to grow
Notifications from EU companies to export certain hazardous chemicals outside the Union have continued to steadily rise over the last three years. More than 10 000 notifications were processed in 2019 – an increase of around 35 % compared to 2016. With the increased workload, adequate resourcing is a necessity for future PIC work.
With the updated ECHA submission portal, you can submit a simplified SCIP notification. This reduces your workload if you supply the same product that an upstream supplier has already notified to the database. As a distributor, you can link your SCIP notification to those of your suppliers if they supply the same product as you. You can now also notify a complex object by referring to information already submitted to the database. The submission portal’s search and export features have also been improved.
Additional enhancements to the system-to-system service give you access to the SCIP number, which you can use to refer to information already in the database. The system-to-system service also supports the submission of simplified SCIP notifications, allowing you to link to your upstream suppliers’ notifications for the same product.
Manual: tools to reuse SCIP data submitted to ECHA
The document helps you to refer to data that other duty holders have already submitted to ECHA. This will facilitate the submission of SCIP notifications to ECHA, while keeping the information consistent and avoiding multiple reporting of the same data.