82 % of inspected internet advertisements for hazardous chemicals lack required warning
An enforcement project checking online advertisements for hazardous chemical mixtures finds a significant number with no hazard statements. Administrative orders, fines and criminal complaints have been undertaken.
General Report 2017: another dynamic year for ECHA
While edging closer to the REACH registration deadline of 31 May 2018 with significant preparatory work and support for smaller-volume chemical registrants, the Integrated Regulatory Strategy reached maturity and ECHA’s Management Board selected a new Executive Director in its 10th year of operations.
Distributors taking up the role of importer are within the scope of a DCG solution
To ensure a steady supply of substances critical to EU businesses, the Directors’ Contact Group (DCG) has agreed to extend its solution to issue 21 to distributors. This solution relates to substances with no registration intentions from an EU manufacturer or importer and was originally applied to downstream users.
Downstream users and distributors: consider registering a substance yourself and benefit from DCG solution 21
If you are a downstream user or a distributor and no EU supplier intends to register a substance you rely on, you should consider importing it yourself and registering it.
If you decide to take up the role of an importer, you will need to submit an inquiry to ECHA and to submit a registration without delay. If you have difficulties in obtaining all the required information for your substance inquiry and registration by the 31 May 2018 deadline, you can apply for the DCG solution 21 and ECHA will assess your case.
Based on the evidence about your specific circumstances, the Agency will set a deadline offering you a reasonable amount of time to complete your registration.
The guide provides practical advice to potential and existing registrants of the same substance to prepare and develop the substance identity profile (SIP). It complements the advice given in Appendix III of Guidance for identification and naming of substances under REACH and CLP and the Q&As.
Intention to restrict perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid, its salts and related substances submitted
Norway has submitted an intention to restrict the manufacture, use and placing on the market of perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid, its salts and related substances (EC -), with a planned dossier submission date of 12 April 2019.
TMA and DCHP identified as substances of very high concern
The European Commission has published its decision to identify benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA) (EC 209-008-0, CAS 552-30-7) as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) under Article 57(f) of REACH due to its respiratory sensitising properties.
The Commission has also published its decision to identify dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) (EC 201-545-9, CAS 84-61-7) as a SVHC under Article 57(c) of REACH due to its classification as toxic for reproduction category 1B, and under Article 57(f) of REACH due to its endocrine disrupting properties with probable serious effects to human health.
As a result, ECHA will add these substances to the Candidate List at the next scheduled update, currently foreseen for the end of June or beginning of July 2018.
EU-OSHA launches EU-wide campaign on dangerous substances
The two-year campaign by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will be marked by events and activities to draw attention to the impact of worker exposure to dangerous substances. The campaign promotes techniques for the proper management of dangerous substances in the workplace, such as risk assessment, elimination and substitution, by disseminating practical tools and case studies. Visit the newly launched campaign website for more information and resources.
Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling
ECHA is looking for comments on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for the following substances:
Silthiofam (ISO); N-allyl-4,5-dimethyl-2-(trimethylsilyl)thiophene-3-carboxamide (EC -; CAS 175217-20-6) - An active substance used in plant protection products as a fungicide. It has no existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on all physical, human health and environment hazard classes except selected physical properties, respiratory sensitisation, aspiration hazard and hazardous to the ozone layer.
Prothioconazole (ISO); 2-[2-(1-chlorocyclopropyl)-3-(2-chlorophenyl)-2-hydroxypropyl]-2,4-dihydro-3H-1,2,4-triazole-3-thione (EC 605-841-2; CAS 178928-70-6) - An active substance used in plant protection products as a fungicide. It has no existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on selected physical hazards, all human health hazards except respiratory sensitisation and aspirational hazard, and environmental hazards except hazardous to the ozone layer.
Thiophanate-methyl (ISO); dimethyl (1,2- phenylenedicarbamothioyl)biscarbamate; dimethyl 4,4′-(o-phenylene)bis(3-thioallophanate) (EC 245-740-7; CAS 23564-05-8) - An active substance used in plant protection products or biocidal products as a fungicide. It has an existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on selected physico-chemical hazards, all human health hazards except respiratory sensitisation and aspiration hazard, as well as on the hazardous to the aquatic environment hazard class.
The deadline for comments is 22 June 2018, 23:59 (Helsinki time).
ECHA has published an update to the Guidance document for the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), concerning Volume II - Efficacy Assessment and Evaluation (Parts B+C). The update consists of a revision of the section on product-type 5 (PT5) disinfectants in drinking water following the completion of ECHA's project on disinfectants which addressed the efficacy assessment of PT5.
The European Commission is organising a conference on 11 June 2018 in Brussels on the outcome and follow-up of the second REACH review. Participants are expected from relevant Commission services, ECHA, national authorities, third countries, industry representatives including SMEs, trade unions and NGOs.