Alternatives to animal testing - EU public survey launched
Following the European Commission's communication published in response to the European citizens' initiative "Stop Vivisection", the JRC's Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) is conducting a public survey asking for input from individuals and organisations to identify all types of knowledge sources that might be relevant for replacing, reducing or refining the use of animals for scientific purposes. The survey will be open until 11 March 2016.
Registry of Intentions updated
Five dossiers and six intentions to submit proposals for harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) have been submitted by Member States.
The CLH intention for arsenic (EC 231-148-6; CAS 7440-38-2) has been withdrawn.
Current CLH intentions | Submitted CLH proposals | Withdrawn CLH intentions and submissions
Board of Appeal
Two new appeals announced
The Board of Appeal has published announcements concerning two new appeals. Cases A-022-2015 and A-023-2015 concern substance evaluation decisions.
Downstream user reports - nearly 600 submitted so far
ECHA receives on average 12 reports per month from downstream users whose use is not supported by the exposure scenario received from their supplier. An overview of all the reports submitted is available on our website. This is updated twice a year and the information to the end of 2015 is now available. Downstream users are required to report to ECHA if they prepare a chemical safety report, if they rely on certain exemptions from the obligation to prepare a chemical safety report, or if their classification is different from that of all of their suppliers.
Overview of downstream user reports | Practical Guide 17 "How to prepare a Downstream user chemical safety report"
Webinars Last chance: register for our applications for authorisation webinar
In February and May, ECHA will launch public consultations on a large number of applications for authorisation. Register to our webinar on 10 February where you will learn best practice on how to provide information on alternatives, from ECHA, ChemSec, Eurometaux and two industry experts.
Register now | Agenda How are substances screened and shortlisted?
This webinar on 17 February will explain how the IT screening is done, its timelines, and the criteria for shortlisting substances for further examination. It will also explain how companies can influence the selection of substances by updating their dossiers and how they can get more information about common screening.
Calls for information
There are no new public consultations. Consult the full list of open consultations on our website - currently 25 - and subscribe to our consultations RSS feed to stay up-to-date.