ECHA Weekly - 5 July 2017

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ECHA’s actions on existing registrations show promising results

Most companies responded to the Agency’s requests and either updated their registration data or joined a joint submission as required by REACH. Four registration numbers were revoked: three for being incomplete and one for breaching the ‘one substance, one registration’ principle.

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Substance evaluations

New documents evaluating substances are now available for:

  • 2-aminoethanol (EC 205-483-3, CAS 141-43-5). It was added to the CoRAP list in 2014 and the evaluating member state was the United Kingdom;
  • mixture of two components: 1) N-(1,3- dimethylbutyl)-N´-phenyl-p-phenylenediamine, with 2) N1-(1,3-dimethylbutyl)-N4-(4-(1-methyl-1- phenylethyl)phenyl)ben zene-1,4-diamine (EC 448-020-2). It was added to the CoRAP list in 2013 and the evaluating member state was Slovakia.

Community rolling action plan | Substance evaluation

Intention to restrict substances used in tattoo inks and permanent make-up delayed

Given the complexity of the dossier, which covers many thousands of substances, the Dossier Submitters cannot meet the planned submission date of 14 July 2017. They will submit the dossier for the next available deadline of 6 October 2017.

Current Restriction intentions

New intention to identify a substance of very high concern

New intention for identification as a substance of very high concern has been received for:

  • Reaction products of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2,5-dithione, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (RP-HP).

The expected submission date is 7 August 2017.

Registry of current SVHC intentions

Further substances assessed by authorities

The public activities coordination tool (PACT) has been updated with information on eight substances that are undergoing risk management option analysis by authorities.

Public activities coordination tool

Commission authorises two uses of potassium dichromate

The European Commission has granted authorisations for potassium dichromate (EC 231-906-6; CAS 7778-50-9) to Sofradir, with review periods for these uses expiring on 21 September 2024 and 2021 respectively.

Decision in Official Journal

Committees’ opinion on applications for authorisation available

The consolidated opinion of the Committees for Risk Assessment and Socio-economic Analysis for one use of bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether (Diglyme) (EC 203-924-4; CAS 111-96-6) by ISOCHEM is available on our website.

Adopted opinions


New proposals to harmonise classification and labelling

Proposals to harmonise the classification and labelling have been submitted for:

  • sulphur dioxide (EC 231-195-2; CAS 7446-09-5);
  • phosphine (EC 232-260-8; CAS 7803-51-2); and
  • lavender, Lavandula hybrida, ext. (EC 294-470-6; CAS 91722-69-9).

Submitted CLH proposals


Biocidal Products Committee adopts 11 opinions

The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) has adopted opinions supporting the approval of four active substances for use in disinfectant, preservative and insecticide biocidal products. Another three opinions are expected to be adopted by written procedure .

News alert | More information about the opinions


Guidance update on the Application of the CLP Criteria

This update (version 5.0) of the Guidance on the Application of the CLP Criteria consists mainly of the changes from the eighth adaptation to technical progress (ATP). Other improvements have been made on experience gained. The update concerns only Part 1 (General Introduction), specific sections of Part 2 (Physical hazards) and Part 3 (Health hazards).

Guidance on the Application of the CLP Criteria

Guidance update on labelling and packaging in accordance with CLP

An update to align the guidance with the eighth adaptation to technical progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation that brought the CLP in line with the fifth revision of the UN Globally Harmonised System (GHS).

It also includes a new chapter on transport packaging and clarifies the derogation from labelling requirements for metals in massive form.

Guidance on labelling and packaging in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1272/2008

Translations of the Guidance on data-sharing now available

The updated Guidance on data-sharing (version 3.1) published in January 2017, is now available in 23 EU languages.

Guidance on data-sharing

Board of Appeal

Decisions on two nanomaterials appeals

ECHA's Board of Appeal published today two nanomaterials related decisions. The Board of Appeal largely upheld the appeals and annulled most of the requests for information.

Two appeals had been made against the same ECHA decision requesting information on synthetic amorphous silica (SAS) following a substance evaluation by the Netherlands Competent Authority. One appeal was made jointly by 36 registrants and the other by two registrants of SAS.

The contested decision requested information on the physicochemical properties and uses of different types of SAS and surface treated SAS. These requests were annulled as it was not clear how the information would be used to clarify the potential concerns which in any case had not been sufficiently demonstrated.

One request in the contested decision - for information on the inhalation toxicity of one type of SAS, following repeat exposure - was upheld.

Decision in case A-014-2015 | Decision in case A-015-2015


Training on Chesar in the autumn

ECHA is planning to organise training sessions on Chesar this autumn. To make sure that we meet your needs, we invite anyone interested in the training to reply to our survey by 15 August 2017. It will only take 5 minutes to complete. Based on your feedback, we will decide how many courses to organise and what to focus on.

Taking part in the training is free of charge. However, participants need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Chesar training assessment survey

EU poison centres: state of play
10 October, 11:00 to 12:00 Helsinki time (EEST, GMT +3)

Join our webinar on the state of play on harmonising information submitted to poison centres in the EU. The webinar is open to all. It gives you the latest updates, including the outcome of the feasibility study on the Poison Centres Notification (PCN) portal. Participants will get recommendations on preparing new notifications. You can ask questions from our panellists throughout the webinar.


Stock-taking Conference on Applications for Authorisation - save the date
13-14 November 2017

ECHA will organise, together with the European Commission, a Stock-taking Conference on Applications for Authorisation on 13-14 November in Helsinki. The purpose of the conference is to assess the evolution and achievements of the authorisation process in terms of substitution, risk reduction and cost-effectiveness. It will also discuss how to improve the process. Registration for the free of charge conference will start in August 2017.

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Get up-to-date on biocides
26-27 September 2017

Book your seat at our free Biocides Stakeholders' Day on 26 and 27 September. The event gives you the latest information on the Biocidal Products Regulation from ECHA and the European Commission and case studies from companies. You can also take part in training on biocides IT tools and book a one-to-one session to discuss your open questions.


Calls for information

Call for evidence on lead in jewellery extended

In order to give more time to send your contribution, the deadline has been extended to 22 August 2017.

Current calls for comments and evidence

Have a look at the 36 open consultations on our home page.

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