ECHA Weekly - 21 June 2017

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MSC unanimously agrees that Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor

The Member State Committee (MSC) supported the French proposal to additionally identify Bisphenol A (EC 201-245-8; CAS 80-05-7) as a substance of very high concern because of its endocrine disrupting properties which cause probable serious effects to human health. The committee also agreed to identify the substance PFHxS as an SVHC.

Press release | MSC agreement


SEAC adopts restriction proposals on four phthalates and TDFAs in sprays used by the public

The Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted their opinions on two restriction proposals on four phthalates (DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP) in articles and on TDFAs in sprays used by the general public. The committee also agreed on 14 draft opinions on 10 applications for authorisation and adopted one final opinion.

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New form to help describe the manufacturing process of UVCB substances

Substances of unknown or variable composition, complex reaction products or biological materials (UVCB substances) are identified by, among other things, the description of the manufacturing process. A new form has now been published to help EU manufacturers and importers report or request this information. The description must be included in the IUCLID dossier for PPORD notifications, inquiries, registrations and CLP notifications.

How to identify your substance | Form (PDF) | Form (Word)

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Submit your substance in articles notification

The deadline for submitting substance in article notifications for four substances of very high concern added to the Candidate List on 12 January 2017 is 12 July 2017. The information below on the type of articles/materials that may contain the substances is based on REACH data but is not exhaustive.

  • 4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A; BPA) (EC 201-245-8; CAS 80-05-7). This substance may be found in thermal paper and articles made of polycarbonate, epoxy resins, and PVC.
  • Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts (EC 206-400-3, - , 221-470-5; CAS 335-76-2, 3830-45-3, 3108-42-7). This substance may be found in water and stain resistant textiles, leather, gloves, and paper-based food contact materials.
  • p-(1,1-dimethylpropyl)phenol (EC 201-280-9; CAS 80-46-6). This substance may be found in adhesives, coatings and inks containing phenolic resins.
  • 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear.

Importers and EU producers of articles are invited to check if these substances in 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

New questions and answers on completeness check and preparing registration dossiers

New Q&As have been published on the preparation and completeness check of REACH registration dossiers. The questions cover topics such as the completeness check process and manual verification, as well as how to report data waiving and substance identification information in IUCLID. Have a look at the new Q&A under the headings Completeness check, Preparing a registration dossier in IUCLID, and Substance Identification – part C.


Commission authorises eight uses

The European Commission has granted authorisations for:

The review period for these uses expires on 21 September 2029.

The Commission has also granted an authorisation for:

  • one use of 1,2-dichloroethane (EC No 203-458-1; CAS No 107-06-2) by BASF SE with date of expiry of review period 22 November 2024, decision in OJ.

To date, the Commission has made 89 authorisation decisions in total.

Committees’ opinions on applications for authorisation available

The consolidated opinions of the Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) for uses of the following substances are available on our website:

  • one use of chromium trioxide (EC 215-607-8; CAS 1333-82-0) by Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH;
  • two uses of ammonium dichromate (EC 232-143-1; CAS 7789-09-5) by BAE Systems (Operations) Limited, Qioptiq Ltd. and Display Technologies Limited.

Adopted opinions


ECHA’s opinion on classification of glyphosate published

The Committee for Risk Assessment’s opinion regarding the harmonised classification of glyphosate has now been sent to the Commission. The opinion is also available on ECHA’s website.

News item | RAC's opinion


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Calls for information

Public consultation launched on the proposed restriction of lead and its compounds in shot

ECHA has submitted a report proposing a restriction on the use of lead and its compounds in shot (containing lead in concentrations greater than 1% by weight) for shooting with a shotgun within a wetland or where spent gunshot would land within a wetland, including shooting ranges or shooting grounds in wetlands.

This consultation is open from 21 June 2017 to 21 December 2017. ECHA’s Scientific Committees welcome early comments by 21 August 2017 to assist them in the first discussion of the proposal in September 2017 and additional comments by 21 November 2017, to assist them in the second discussion of the proposal in December 2017.

Submitted restrictions under consideration

Public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

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

  • bis(α,α-dimethylbenzyl) peroxide (EC 201-279-3; CAS 80-43-3).Mainly used in the manufacture of plastic products, rubber products and other chemicals. It has an existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on skin corrosion/irritation, serious eye damage/eye irritation and reproductive toxicity hazard classes;
  • N-(hydroxymethyl)acrylamide; methylolacrylamide; [NMA] (EC 213-103-2; CAS 924-42-5). Used as a chemical intermediate for the manufacture of other chemicals and polymers. Comments are invited on mutagenicity, carcinogenicity and specific target organ toxicity - repeated exposure hazard classes;
  • tris(2-methoxyethoxy)vinylsilane; 6-(2-methoxyethoxy)-6-vinyl-2,5,7,10-tetraoxa-6-silaundecane (EC 213-934-0; CAS 1067-53-4). Mainly used in the manufacture of silicone polymers, rubber and plastics, as well as surface treatment and sealant products. It has no harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on germ cell mutagenicity and reproductive toxicity hazard classes;
  • trimethoxyvinylsilane; trimethoxy(vinyl)silane (EC 220-449-8; CAS 2768-02-7). Mainly used in non-metal surface treatment products, as a crosslinking agent in polymers and in adhesives and coating products. It has no harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on the skin sensitisation hazard class.

The deadline for comments is 4 August 2017, 23:59 Helsinki time (EET).

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