ECHA Weekly - 24 February 2016





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Forum first pilot project on authorisation finds only three cases of non-compliance

The aim of the project was to check compliance with the REACH Regulation on the marketing and use of MDA and musk xylene. 18 Member States participated in the pilot project and a total of 421 inspections were made. Only three non-compliances were found.

News item | Report


Be aware of false invitations - check that the lead registrant is credible

ECHA has received reports of companies falsely claiming to be lead registrants for certain substances. Potential registrants should, therefore, not accept invitations to prepare a joint registration from individual companies who are not following the rules of the REACH Regulation.

News alert

Improving how substances are evaluated

An external report suggests that further improvements can be made to substance evaluation under REACH. While significant advances have been made, the report recommends changes to improve workability and efficient use of resources for registrants and authorities.

News alert

Restriction on cadmium in paints extended

The existing restriction on cadmium (EC 231-152-8; CAS 7440-43-9) and cadmium compounds in paints has been extended. The restriction was published in the EU's Official Journal on 16 February 2016.

Official Journal | More on cadmium

Two new intentions to identify substances of very high concern

France intends to propose 4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A; BPA) (EC 201-245-8; CAS 80-05-7) as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) by 8 August 2016. By the same date, the Netherlands also intends to propose benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2-anhydride (trimellitic anhydride; TMA) (EC 209-008-0; CAS 552-30-7) as an SVHC.

SVHC intentions | Submitted SVHC proposals


Apply for approval of active substances used for treating articles by 1 September 2016

The deadline to apply for the approval of active substances which are used in treated articles and not yet in the approval process is 1 September 2016. Companies will need to submit a complete dossier on the active substance to ECHA through R4BP 3 by this date to continue to place a treated article on the EU market.

News alert

Board of Appeal

New appeals

The Board of Appeal has published announcements concerning two new appeals. Case A-026-2015 concerns a substance evaluation decision. Case A-001-2016 concerns a decision on data-sharing under the Biocidal Products Regulation.

Appeal announcements

Downstream users

Do you give presentations on REACH, CLP and downstream users?

Five presentations have just been updated which describe how REACH and CLP affect downstream users of chemicals. With graphics and speaking notes, they are suitable for managers; workers; occupational health and safety professionals; industry groups and authorities. Select the slides to match your talk and adapt them as necessary to suit your audience.


Calls for information

Public consultation on cyanamide and PHMB

ECHA has launched a public consultation on two substances as potential candidates for substitution:

  • PHMB (CAS 27083-27-8 and CAS 32289-58-0) used for the disinfection of drinking water for humans and animals in product-type 5
  • cyanamide (EC 206-992-3; CAS 420-04-2) used for veterinary hygiene in product-type 3 and as an insecticide in product-type 18.

The consultations are open until 21 April 2016.

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Next week: REACH 2018 webinar on how to get organised with your co-registrants

Register for this webinar particularly if you are registering a substance for the first time and do not have previous experience on substance information exchange forum (SIEF) activities and data sharing. The webinar is on 2 March 2016 11:00-12:00 (Helsinki time).

Register | REACH 2018

Stakeholders' Day 24-25 May - register now!

On 25 May, you will hear the latest updates from ECHA, industry associations and NGOs focusing mainly on the 2018 REACH registration deadline. On 24 May, you can get hands-on training on ECHA's revamped IT tools. The event can also be followed online, but come in person to benefit from one-to-one meetings with our experts, IT tool training and the Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) organised back-to-back with our event: 26-27 May. Stakeholders' Day participants can benefit from a reduced registration fee for the HCF if you register using the code: "SHD2016".

Event page | Register | Programme | HCF

Stakeholders' Day
REACH 2018

826 days until the REACH 2018 deadline


Committee for Risk Assessment
29 February - 10 March 2016

Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis
8-11 March 2016

Enforcement Forum
15-18 March 2016


ECHA is looking for seconded national experts


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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