ECHA Weekly 6 September 2017

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Public consultation to identify nine new substances of very high concern

A public consultation has been launched on proposals to identify nine new substances of very high concern (SVHC). The substance names and examples of their uses are available on ECHA’s website. The deadline for comments is 20 October 2017.

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Study finds companies lack incentives for updating their REACH registrations

An external report on dossier updates suggests that more clarity is needed on how the registration process works, what needs to be updated and by whom in order for more companies to submit new information on the safe use of their chemicals. The REACH and CLP regulations require companies to update their information whenever new information becomes available.

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Commission authorises seven uses

The European Commission has granted authorisations for:

  • Chromium trioxide (215-607,8; CAS 1333-82-0) and dichromium tris (chromate) (EC 246-356-2; CAS 24613-89-6) (Nexter Mechanics and Nexter Systems) – one use with a review period until 21 September 2029 and four uses with a review period until 21 September 2024.
  • Bis(2-methoxyethyl)ether (diglyme) (EC 203-924-4; CAS 111-96-6) (Novartis Ringaskiddy Limited) – one use with a review period until 22 August 2024.
  • Lead chromate (EC 231-846-0; CAS 7758-97-6) (Etienne Lacroix Tous Artifices SA) – one use with a review period until 4 August 2024.
A total of 98 authorisations have been granted to date.

Nexter decision | Novartis decision | Etienne Lacroix decision

Committees’ opinions on one application for authorisation available

The consolidated opinions of the Committees for Risk Assessment and Socio-economic Analysis for two uses of Chromium trioxide (EC 215-607-8; CAS 1333-82-0) by Hansgrohe SE is available on our website.


New web page on Petroleum and Coal stream Substances (PetCo) Working Group published

A new page describing the work of the Petroleum and Coal stream Substances (PetCo) Working Group has been published. The PetCo Working Group is a platform for exchanges between authorities and industry. It aims to ensure that progress is made in improving registration dossiers and in further regulating petroleum and coal stream substances where necessary. Further information on the role, activities and participation in the working group are available on the new page.

PetCo working group

REACH 2018

Statistics on REACH registrations updated – 16700 unique substances already registered

The registrations have come in since 2008 in more than 62 000 dossiers. The most frequently registered chemical is ethanol with nearly 500 registrations. Germany tops the chart in terms of countries with 13387 registrations for 5 841 substances. Read more online.

Registration statistics


New proposals and intentions to harmonise classification and labelling

Intentions to harmonise the classification and labelling were received by Germany for:

  • 1,5-naphthylene diisocyanate (EC 221-641-4, CAS 3173-72-6)
  • 1,3-bis(1-isocyanato-1-methylethyl)benzene (EC 220-474-4, 2778-42-9)

Current CLH intentions

ECHA's reply to Global 2000

Our response to Global 2000's latest letter regarding the assessment of glyphosate is now available online.

ECHA response to Global 2000's latest letter | Hot topics page on glyphosate


Increase in notifications providing information on the export of hazardous chemicals

ECHA’s first report on the operation of the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation shows that notifications from EU companies to export certain hazardous chemicals outside the EU have grown by 74 % in the past three years.

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Public consultation on derogation to the exclusion criteria of two active biocidal substances

Substances that normally should not be approved as active biocidal substances may be used if they meet certain derogation criteria. These criteria are: the exposure is negligible, the active substance is essential to prevent a serious danger to human or animal health or the environment and if not approving the active substance would have a disproportionate negative impact on society when compared to the risks. ECHA is organising a public consultation to collect information on whether the conditions for derogation are met for the following active substances:

  • Reaction products of paraformaldehyde and 2- hydroxypropylamine (ratio 1:1) (originally notified as HPT)
  • Reaction products of paraformaldehyde and 2- hydroxypropylamine (ratio 3:2) (originally notified as MBO)

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Last chance to register for Biocides Day

Join our free Biocides Day on 26 September to get the latest on biocides from ECHA, the European Commission and Member States and case studies from companies. If you have questions, you can book a one-to-one session with our experts. Book your seat this week.

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Webinar: Getting to know the IUCLID Cloud
20 September 2017 11:00 - 12:00 EEST, GMT + 3

The webinar is intended for industry to receive an introduction on:

  • ECHA Cloud Services and the IUCLID Cloud for SMEs
  • How to subscribe to the cloud and manage your account
  • How to use the cloud and create a dossier
You will have the chance to ask questions from our expert panel.


Register now: Stock-taking Conference on the Implementation of REACH Authorisation
13-14 November 2017

ECHA, together with the European Commission, will organise a 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 the progression of substitution, proper control of risks and cost-effectiveness. It will also discuss how to improve the process. The registration for this free-of-charge conference will be open until 9 October.

Event page | Registration

Save the date: REACH 2018 conference 30-31 January

Join our free REACH 2018 Stakeholders' Day on 30 and 31 January 2018 in Helsinki. This is your chance to get the most up-to-date advice and the support you need for REACH 2018 registration. The conference offers one-to-one meetings with our experts and training on IT tools. Registration will start soon.

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Notifying hazardous mixtures to poison centres: only a few places left
3 October 2017, 11:00 to 12:00 EEST, GMT +3

This webinar is filling up quickly so register now to ensure your place!

The webinar gives an overview of the harmonisation of information submitted for hazardous mixtures to poison centres in the European Union as of 2020. It is open to all interested parties, but particularly relevant for industry and authorities. You will be able to ask questions from our expert panel.


Calls for information

Testing proposals

ECHA has launched 26 new public consultations on testing proposals for 19 substances. The deadline to comment on these is 16 October 2017.

Give comments

Have a look at the 48 open consultations on our home page.

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REACH 2018

266 days until the REACH 2018 deadline


ECHA is looking for Financial Assistant, interim staff for REACH 2018 registration and seconded national experts


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Biocides Stakeholders' Day
26-27 September 2017

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