EUCLEF will be launched on 11 March. It is a new online service from ECHA that places 40 pieces of EU chemicals legislation at your fingertips, enabling you to find out how your substances are regulated in the EU and what legal obligations you have.
Our webinar gives you a preview of how the finder works.
Assessing exposure to additives used in plastic materials
ECHA has published a Practical Guide for registrants on how to characterise the uses of additives for plastic materials, and how to start estimating the related exposure. The basic principles explained in the Practical Guide also apply to other material types, for example rubber or textiles.
Committees’ opinion on application for authorisation available
The consolidated opinion of the Committees for Risk Assessment and Socio-economic Analysis for use of sodium dichromate (EC 234-190-3, CAS 10588-01-9, 7789-12-0) by Società Chimica Bussi S.p.A. is available on our website.
Support is here: get ready to report substances of concern in products
Our upcoming events will help you prepare for the new task of reporting substances of very high concern in products to the SCIP database. Watch our webinar live on our home page on 17 March 2020 – no need to register.
Sign up also for our free Safer Chemicals Conference in Helsinki, Finland on 2-3 June 2020 to get hands-on training, practical advice and one-to-one support from our experts.
If you miss these events, you can watch a recording afterwards.
Call for evidence: occupational exposure limit for asbestos, and cadmium and its inorganic compounds
ECHA has launched calls for evidence on cadmium and its inorganic compounds and on asbestosfollowing the Commission's request to review their existing limits. The aim is to get information on exposure, health effects, toxicology, epidemiology and modes of action. For cadmium and its inorganic compounds, information on uses is also requested, but any other relevant information is welcome, too. The information will help ECHA to draft the scientific reports related to exposure limits at the workplace.
Check the latest post by Claire Skentelbery from the Nanotechnology Industries Association on nanoplastics."'Nanoplastics' is often used by public authorities and the media with a potentially negative impact on the perception of nanomaterials, which have little or no connection to the plastics being referenced".
For the time being, ECHA’s meetings with external participants continue as scheduled, unless otherwise notified. Participants from countries or areas that are most affected by coronavirus are requested to join remotely. The information will be updated as the situation evolves.
ECHA’s Board of Appeal has also, for the first time, remotely held a hearing in one of the appeal cases. All participants were connected by video conference to ensure equal treatment. This approach has been supported and welcomed by all the parties as a sensible response to exceptional circumstances.
Scientific committees in March – agendas available
The agendas of the upcoming meetings of the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) and the Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) are online. RAC meets from 9 to 13 March and from 17 to 20 March 2020; SEAC from 10 to 12 March and from 17 to 19 March 2020.