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Newcomer to the market? Act by 31 May to get one more year to prepare your registration
To benefit from the 31 May 2018 registration deadline for low volume, existing substances, you need to have pre-registered them. You can still do so if you have recently entered the European market. The last chance is on 31 May 2017. If you do not pre-register by that date, you will need to register your substance before you can manufacture or import it.
ECHA has recently updated the list of substances for which a lead registrant has been declared in REACH-IT. It now includes over 10 000 substances that have a joint submission and are either already registered or going to be registered for the REACH 2018 deadline.
OECD QSAR Toolbox update simplifies the correct use of non-test methods
The update introduces two new features. Fully automated predictions can be ran for skin sensitisation and short-term toxicity to fish. The standardised workflow, on the other hand, proposes the best options for the endpoints and lets the expert choose among them. With the update, filling data gaps for REACH registration is possible even for scientists with no or little experience with the software.
New CLP annex harmonises information relating to emergency health response
On 22 March 2017, the Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/542 was published in the Official Journal. This amends the CLP Regulation by adding Annex VIII, which harmonises information relating to emergency health response and preventative measures across all Member States.
How to calculate environmental emissions of preservatives?
More help is available to estimate the release of substances from biocidal products to the environment. You can now download calculation sheets for preservatives: film preservatives (product-type 7); fibre, leather, rubber and polymerised materials preservatives (for leather) (product-type 9); and paper coating and finishing (product-types 6, 7 and 9). Get the Excel files from our website, under "Emission scenario documents". You now have access to calculation sheets for 13 different product-types.
Case A-001-2016 concerns a decision on a data sharing dispute under the Biocidal Products Regulation. The Board of Appeal dismissed the appeal and found that the Agency did not commit an error in its assessment of the efforts of the parties to that dispute. However, by characterising a cost calculation method as unfair, the Agency exceeded its powers.
Welcome to Helsinki on Wednesday 24 May 2017 for our REACH Litigation Seminar on the occasion of REACH’s 10-year anniversary. This one-day seminar is aimed at lawyers and is organised jointly by ECHA and the Board of Appeal of ECHA. The seminar will discuss the similarities and differences in the European Courts’ and the Board of Appeal’s work on REACH over the past 10 years, mainly from the angle of procedure and scope of review.
Did you miss our webinar on sector use maps? 30 March, 11:00 to 13:00 Helsinki time (EET)
Almost 250 people followed our webinar last week: how sector use maps support the generation of more meaningful exposure scenarios. The large majority of participants were satisfied or very satisfied with the event. If you were not able to join or would like to see parts again, don't worry, the recording and presentations are available on our website.
We will publish a summary of the webinar questions and answers in the coming weeks.
Public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling
ECHA is looking for comments on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for:
granulated copper (EC 231-159-6; CAS 7440-50-8). It is an approved active substance used in biocidal products for wood preservation with no existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. We invite you to provide comments on all hazard classes (physical, human health and environment hazard classes), except respiratory sensitisation, aspiration hazard and hazardous to the ozone layer.
ethofumesate (ISO) (±)-2-ethoxy-2,3-dihydro-3,3-dimethylbenzofuran-5-yl methanesulfonate (EC 247-525-3; CAS 26225-79-6). It is a herbicide used as an active substance in plant protection products with an existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments on hazards to the aquatic environment are invited.
1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C8-10-branched alkylesters, C9-rich;  di-“isononyl” phthalate;  (EC 271-090-9 and 249-079-5; CAS 68515-48-0 and 28553-12-0). The substance is an industrial chemical used mainly as a plasticiser in PVC with no existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. We invite you to provide comments on the reproductive toxicity hazard class.
The deadline for comments is 19 May 2017, 23:59 Helsinki time (EET).
Additional public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling
ECHA launches an additional public consultation on the proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling of ethanol, 2,2'-iminobis-, N-(C13-15-branched and linear alkyl) derivatives (EC 308-208-6, CAS 97925-95-6). The initial public consultation ended on 16 January 2017. Due to a technical problem, Annex I to the report, containing detailed study summaries as a basis of the CLH proposal, was not available during the public consultation. For this reason, an additional public consultation is now open for the reproductive toxicity hazard class.
The deadline for comments is 25 April 2017, 23:59 Helsinki time (EET).