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Getting started with EU chemicals legislation

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Two new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) added to the Candidate List

ECHA took the decision to include two substances on the Candidate List based on proposals by Sweden and the Netherlands respectively, following the SVHC identification process with involvement of the Member State Committee. The Candidate List now contains 163 substances. Of those, 31 have subsequently been included in the Authorisation List. Link to news: HERE


COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/628 of 22 April 2015 amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (‘REACH’) as regards lead and its compounds


Know your portfolio and start preparations for REACH 2018 now!


Downstream Users

Interactive map for downstream users

Presentations for downstream users - REACH and CLP: DU Overview


REACH 2018 Roadmap published

ECHA has published its REACH 2018 Roadmap, which outlines the Agency's milestones planned in the run up towards the final REACH registration deadline. The last registration deadline for existing chemicals will be on 31 May 2018. The deadline concerns companies that manufacture or import substances in low volumes, between 1-100 tonnes per year. Link to news: HERE


Six new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) added to the Candidate List and one entry updated

ECHA has amended the Candidate List with six new substances. The Candidate List now contains 161 substances. Link to news: HERE


 ECHA updates the Candidate List for authorisation with seven new substances of very high concern (SVHCs)

ECHA has today amended the Candidate List with seven new substances. The Candidate List now contains 151 substances. Link to news: HERE


Ban on METHANOL in consumer products

Regulation of the Minister of the Economy amending the Regulation on restrictions on the manufacture, placing on the market or use of dangerous substances and mixtures or those which could be dangerous and the placing on the market or use of articles containing such substances or mixtures.  reference - 013/286/PL REGULATION OF THE MINISTER OF THE ECONOMY of 25 September 2013 (in Polish)



 Eighth Stakeholders' Day

The European Chemicals Agency organises its Eighth Stakeholders' Day Conference on 26 March 2013 in the Helsinki Exhibition and Conference Centre. Link to news: HERE


 ECHA recommends 10 SVHCs for authorisation

The recommended chemicals are classified as carcinogenic or toxic to reproduction and are used in applications where there is potential for worker exposure. Link to news: HERE


 Candidate List for authorisation updated with fifty-four new substances of very high concern (SVHCs)

ECHA has added fifty-four new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List.  Link to news: HERE


  REACH-IT and ECHA Helpdesk will be closed during Christmas and the New Year

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) would like to remind the industry that REACH-IT will be closed from 21 December 2012 12:00 until 2 January 2013 at 10:00 (EET). Link to news: HERE



  New REACH registration statistics available

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is now publishing detailed statistics on the origin and types of REACH registration dossiers and registered substances. This will improve the understanding of the registration activity by the European public. ECHA will update the statistics every month. Link to news: HERE


  ECHA publishes a practical guide for downstream users on exposure scenarios

The new guide for downstream users provides tips for checking whether the uses and use conditions of a chemical substance are covered by exposure scenarios provided by suppliers with the Safety Data Sheet. It includes advice on the action to take based on the outcome of this check. Link to news: HERE


  Public consultation on inclusion of new substances in the Authorisation List

ECHA launches a public consultation on its draft recommendation of ten new priority substances to be included in the Authorisation List. The deadline for interested parties to submit comments is 19 September 2012. Link to news: HERE


  Candidate List updated with thirteen new Substances of Very High Concern

ECHA has added thirteen new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. All substances included are classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction. Link to news: HERE


  ECHA publishes an illustrative chemical safety report

The new publication gives tips and advice to registrants on how to avoid common deficiencies and improve the quality of submitted information. Link to news: HERE


  ECHA launches a 12-week public consultation on a draft scientific review report on phthalates DINP and DIDP

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), at the request of the European Commission, has reviewed the scientific evidence on the risks posed by articles containing the phthalates DINP and DIDP. Link to news: HERE


  ECHA publishes information on consumer articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs)

For the first time, ECHA is publishing information on articles on the EU market that contain SVHCs included on the Candidate List. The data gathered is based on information provided by companies to ECHA in notification and registration dossiers. Link to news: HERE


  ECHA has launched a new public consultation on thirteen potential Substances of Very High Concern

ECHA has published new proposals to identify an additional thirteen chemicals as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). Interested parties are invited to join the public consultation by posting their comments on the ECHA website. The public consultation will be open for 45 days and will end on 12 April 2012. Link to news: HERE


Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH - Annex XVII)

We would like to inform that Commission Regulation (EU) No 109/2012 of 9 February 2012
amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards Annex XVII (CMR substances), has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, Text of the regulation.


  ECHA updates the Candidate List with twenty new Substances of Very High Concern

ECHA has added twenty substances to the Candidate List which now contains seventy-three substances. Link to news: HERE 


  New guidance on Safety Data Sheets

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published new Guidance on the compilation of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).

Link to news: HERE  Guidance on the compilation of Safety Data Sheets: HERE


  Public consultation on inclusion of substances in the Authorisation List

ECHA launches a public consultation on its draft recommendation of thirteen new substances to be prioritised from the Candidate List for the Authorisation List. Link to news: HERE


  The Member State Committee identifies seven new Substances of Very High Concern

Seven Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) will soon be added to the Candidate List. Link to news: HERE


Commission Regulation (EU) No 252/2011 of 15 March 2011 amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards Annex I 

Text of the regulation


Commission Regulation (EU) No 253/2011 of 15 March 2011 amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards Annex XIII

Text of the regulation


  IUCLID 5.3 is now available

The new version of IUCLID is available on the IUCLID website. Registrants are encouraged to install IUCLID 5.3 in order to be ready to submit dossiers into the new REACH-IT version 2.2, which will be released in April 2011. However, registrants wishing to submit new dossiers or updates before that release date must still use IUCLID 5.2.

Link to news: HERE


  Updated IUCLID dissemination plug-in available

Registrants using a category approach can now also check what will be published on ECHA's website from their dossiers.

Link to news: HERE


  ECHA publishes a corrigendum of the Guidance on Registration

Link to Guidance on registration: HERE


  ECHA improves transparency of dossier evaluationl

REACH requires that new testing of a substance involving vertebrate animals should only be carried out as a last resort. To ensure that the best use has been made of existing information REACH obliges ECHA to take account of scientifically valid information received from third parties when preparing its decision on a testing proposal. In February 2011 ECHA will start to publish brief conclusions drawn from the information provided by third parties. This information will be published after the adoption of the final testing proposal decision.

Link to news: HERE


  Sixteen Substances of Very High Concern closer to tighter control

The Member State Committee (MSC) agreed unanimously on the identification of eight Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) that will be added to the Candidate List and may thus become subject to authorisation. The Committee also gave a favourable opinion on ECHA's draft recommendation for adding eight new substances to the Authorisation List.

Link to news: HERE


  Avoid blocking your REACH-IT account

ECHA has published a Fact Sheet to explain how you can avoid blocking your REACH-IT account and how to proceed if your REACH-IT account is blocked. For security reasons ECHA has limited the number of attempts for users to login to REACH-IT. After five attempts the account will be blocked.

Link to news: HERE


  Calculate your REACH fees - IUCLID plugin available

The Fee Calculation plugin is for registrants to calculate, in advance, the fee payable on the successful submission of their REACH dossier to ECHA.

Link to news: HERE


  Practical examples of exposure scenarios for the semiconductor industry published

The European Chemicals Agency and the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) have together developed three practical examples of Exposure Scenario documents.

Link to news: HERE


  Public Consultation on Eleven Potential Substances of Very High Concern

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has today published proposals to identify eleven chemicals as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and possible candidates for authorisation. The detailed proposals are available on the ECHA website using the link at the end of this press release. Interested parties are invited to comment on the eleven proposals by 14 October 2010.

Link to news: HERE


  Guidance Fact Sheet on Use descriptor system now available in 22 EU languages

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is issuing a series of Fact Sheets each of which provide a structured overview of each REACH guidance document published by the Agency. A Guidance Fact Sheet provides a short summary of the key aspects of the respective REACH Guidance Document including bibliographic information and other references.

Link to Guidance Fact Sheet: HERE


  IUCLID 5.2.2 is now available

Link to news: HERE


  Update of ECHA's Chemical safety assessment and reporting tool, Chesar, now available

Link to ECHA press release: HERE


  New Manual - how to jointly submit Chemical Safety Reports

Link to ECHA press release: HERE


Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH - Annex II)

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 453/2010 of 20 May 2010 amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

Text of the regulation.


  ECHA publishes new guidance on waste and recovered substances

This new guidance is for companies who recycle and recover. Recycled or recovered chemical substances do not necessarily need to be registered under REACH. The guidance provides advice on the obligations under REACH and clarifies the criteria that need to be met in order for companies to benefit from that exemption. Companies who do not fulfil these obligations will have to register their recycled or recovered chemical substances. It also explains their obligation to share information on recycled and recovered substances in the supply chain.

Link to ECHA press release: HERE


  The new Chemical Safety Assessment and Reporting tool, Chesar, is now available

Chesar is a tool to help companies to prepare their Chemical Safety Assessments (CSA) and Chemical Safety Reports (CSR) which are required by the REACH regulation for substances manufactured or imported at a volume above 10 tonnes per year.

Link to ECHA press release: HERE


  ECHA publishes updated guidance on consumer exposure estimation

ECHA is issuing an update of the “Consumer Exposure Estimation” (Chapter R.15) of the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment.

Link to ECHA press release: HERE


Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH - Annex XVII)

We would like to inform that Commission Regulation (EU) No 276/2010 of 31 March 2010
amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards Annex XVII (dichloromethane, lamp oils and grill lighter fluids and organostannic compounds), has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, L 86/7 of 1 April 2010.

Text of the regulation.


  ECHA publishes Guidance on Exemptions from the obligation to register

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published Guidance for Annex V exemptions from the obligation to register. The document is now available in the Guidance section of the ECHA website.

Link to ECHA press release: HERE


  Acrylamide included in the REACH Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern for Authorisation

European Chemicals Agency has added Acrylamide (EC No 201-173-7 and CAS No 79-06-1) to the Candidate List of Substances Very High Concern (SVHC) for Authorisation. Companies who manufacture or import this substance need to check their potential obligations that result from the listing.

Link to ECHA press release: HERE


  ECHA publishes updated Guidance on Use Descriptor System

ECHA is issuing an update of the Use Descriptor Chapter of the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment. The document is now available in the Guidance section of the ECHA website and will assist registrants in preparing their chemical safety report using the forthcoming new Chesar tool.

Link to ECHA press release: HERE


  New REACH-IT version released

The new version of REACH-IT is now online. It includes new features such as group Classification and Labelling notifications, Legal Entity change and cease manufacture declarations. Registration dossiers should be submitted using the new version of IUCLID 5.2.

Link to ECHA press release: HERE


  The Technical Completeness Check (TCC) Plugin is available for IUCLID 5.2

The IUCLID 5 Technical Completeness Check (TCC) tool plug-in is now available for downloading on the IUCLID website.  HERE

The IUCLID 5 TCC tool allows checking of the completeness of REACH registration dossiers and PPORD notifications before submitting them to the European Chemicals Agency. It can be used both in dossiers and substance datasets, and supports both the distributed and standalone versions of IUCLID. Please note that the TCC tool plug-in runs only with the latest version of IUCLID 5.2 which was released on the 15th February 2010. If not already done, please upgrade your previous IUCLID installation using the installation packages and manuals available from the “Download” section of the IUCLID 5 website.


  New version of REACH-IT to be launched on March 25

The new version of REACH-IT will be live at 09.00 (EET) on Thursday 25 March.
The current REACH-IT system will be shut down as of 17.00 (EET) today, 22 March to allow data to be backed up, migrated to the new system and tested. The new system will be live as of 09.00 (EET) on Thursday. Link to ECHA press release: HERE


  Release of the new version of REACH-IT is postponed.

ECHA reluctantly has to extend the testing period of the new version of REACH-IT and therefore its launch is postponed. A news alert will be released later this month with an update. Link to ECHA press release: HERE


ECHA - Public Consultation - SVHC

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published proposals to identify eight chemicals as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and possible candidates for authorisation. Interested parties are invited to comment on the eight proposals by 22 April 2010. The Consultation concerns the following substances:

- Trichloroethylene;

- Boric acid;

- Disodium tetraborate, anhydrous;

- Tetraboron disodium heptaoxide, hydrate;

- Sodium chromate;

- Potassium chromate;

- Ammonium dichromate;

- Potassium dichromate.

Link to consultation webpage: HERE

Link to ECHA press release: HERE


 Public consultation

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published on its website a public consultation on the proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling of four chemical substances:

- Acequinocyl

- Metazachlor

- Tris(nonylphenyl)phosphite

- Bifenthrin

Comments are welcomed on the proposal until 8 April 2010. All comments will be taken into account in the subsequent decision-making process.
Comments can be sent via the dedicated website: HERE


  REACH-IT, IUCLID 5, the ECHA and Guidance websites will be unavailable.

ECHA's computer hardware is undergoing an essential upgrade.
To try to minimise disruption to the service, the upgrade will take place over the weekend.

Consequently, REACH-IT, IUCLID 5, the ECHA and Guidance websites will be unavailable from
Friday 19 February 16:00 (EET) until the morning of Monday 22 February.


 IUCLID 5.2 is now available

A new version of IUCLID is available on the  IUCLID website.

Registrants can already install IUCLID 5.2 to be ready to submit dossiers in the new REACH-IT
version which will be released early March 2010. IUCLID 5.0/5.1 must still be
used in order to submit dossiers with the current version of REACH-IT.

More information can be found on the following website:  HERE.


  IUCLID 5 - information for users

European Chemicals Agency shall inform those who plan to register the substances that ONLY to March 2010 it will be possible to do it using the IUCLID 5 5.0 and 5.1. For the later registration, you will need to use the latest version of the program - IUCLID 5.2. This version will be available for download from 15 February from the following website:  http://iuclid.eu/

The IUCLID 5 Backup plugin is now available for download on the IUCLID website.

 

In advance of the upcoming IUCLID 5.2 release, a special plugin with the capability to backup all IUCLID data including administrative information is being issued.

In addition to the existing standard backup functionality, the IUCLID 5 Backup plugin allows selection of administrative data (e.g. users; user preferences and roles; EC Inventory; Literature inventory). It supports both the distributed and standalone versions of IUCLID.

Included in the initialisation of the soon-to-be-release IUCLID 5.2 will be the possibility to restore from the backup created by this plugin.

The Backup plugin runs with the versions 5.0 and 5.1 of IUCLID. The extended Backup functionality will be standard in IUCLID 5.2.

To download the plugin, go here.


  Chapter R.16: Environmental Exposure Estimation - Draft version

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published on its website:

Guidance on information requirements and chemical safety assessment
Chapter R.16: Environmental Exposure Estimation

Information on new draft guidances can be found in “Consultation procedure” section (HERE).


  The Committee for Risk Assessment Agrees Opinions on Harmonised Classification and Labelling for Three Chemical Substances.

Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) of ECHA has adopted opinions on the proposals for classification and labelling of three chemical substances as carcinogen, mutagen or toxic for reproduction.

The substances are:

 - Indium phosphide

 - Di-tert-butyl peroxide – DTBP

 - Trixylyl phosphate

Content of reviews is available HERE


 REACH TECHNICAL COMPLETENESS CHECK PLUG-IN NOW AVAILABLE

ECHA has released an IT tool to enable companies to check the completeness of their registration dossiers or notifications themselves before

submitting them to the Agency. Its purpose is to help companies to prepare a complete technical dossier according to REACH Article 20.

This new software tool is a IUCLID plug-in that works with IUCLID 5.1, and is available, free of charge on the IUCLID 5 website:

http://iuclid.echa.europa.eu

ECHA's press release is available on the website:

http://echa.europa.eu/doc/press/na_09_36_TCC_plugin_20091217.pdf 


 CLP - FAQ

ECHA has published CLP frequently asked questions - HERE


 

 Update of registration guidance - NONS

The Guidance on registration has been updated on the issue of the information that needs to be submitted for updating dossiers of previously notified substances (NONS). The guidance has been published on the ECHA website - HERE


 Public consultation

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published on its website a public consultation on the proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling of two chemical substances (HBCDD and Cryolite). Comments are welcome on the proposal until 19 December 2009. All comments will be taken into account in the subsequent decision-making process.
Comments can be sent via the dedicated website: HERE.
ECHA press release: HERE.  


 New materials published

 

We would like to inform that new documents/materials have been published on the ECHA website:
- Guidance in nutshell on Chemical Safety Assessment.
- The European Chemicals Agency has published on its website a new subsection concerning restrictions (HERE). The new web pages describe existing restrictions as well as the procedure for new restrictions.

Information on new draft guidances can be found in “Consultation procedure” section (HERE). 

 


Third Stakeholder Day - 7 December 2009

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has informed that Third Stakeholder Day is to be held in Helsinki on 7 December 2009. Participation is free of charge. Web-streaming is also to be provided.
The programme of the Third Stakeholder Day covers the following topics:
1. Classification and labelling,
2. REACH enforcement, and
3. Registration dossiers and compliance.
Detailed information can be found on the ECHA website: HERE 


Substance Identity Workshop

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has informed that the Substance Identity Workshop will be held on the 1st December 2009. The workshop is dedicated to people in companies responsible for dossier preparation who have questions on substance identity. Please note that the number of places available is limited to 100.
Detailed information, incl. on the agenda and how to register for this event, can be found in the ECHA press release


Lead Registrant webinars

ECHA has published the dates for the lead registrant webinars in 2009. The webinars will be held on the 4th, 30th November and 10th December 2009. Detailed information, incl. on the agenda, can be found in the ECHA press release and the webinars webpage


Updated documents

ECHA has published updated Questions and Answers for the registrants of previously notified substances document and updated Data Submission Manual 5: How to complete a technical dossier for registrations and PPORD notifications


Clarification of the information requirements

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published clarification regarding information requirements. It applies to companies manufacturing or importing substances at quantities greater than or equal to 100 tonnes (and 1000 tonnes) per year who need to provide information in their registration dossiers on the repeated dose toxicity or reproductive toxicity of their substance.
According to ECHA, companies who need to provide information based on long term toxicity studies, do not need to also submit the results of screening or short term studies in order for their submission to be considered “complete” by the European Chemicals Agency.
Companies are also advised to consult the respective ECHA Fact Sheet: HERE.
ECHA press release


Lead Registrants Workshop presentations

We would like to inform that presentations from the Lead Registrants Workshop, organized by European Commission and European Chemicals Agency are available in the internet. Webstreaming will be available from 21 September 2009.
Presentations.
ECHA press release


Report 2008

European Chemicals Agency has published General Report for 2008. The text of the Report can be found HERE


CLP Regulation – 1 ATP published

We would like to inform that Commission Regulation (EC) No 790/2009 of 10 August 2009 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 235 of 5 September 2009. The text of the Regulation can be found HERE


Public consultation – SVHC substances/classification and labelling

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched public consultation on 15 proposals for the identification of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) that will last until 15 October 2009. Interested parties can submit scientific comments on the proposals, as well as other information, via ECHA website: HERE.
Full press release can be found on the ECHA website: HERE.
We would like also to inform that ECHA has launched public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling. Comments are welcome on the proposals within 45 days. Detailed information, incl. on chemical substances concerned, can be found in the ECHA press release: HERE


CLP guidance documents

We would like to inform that European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published 2 guidance documents on how to comply with the provisions of the new Regulation on Classification, Packaging and Labelling of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation).
Guidance documents can be found HERE


Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 440/2008

(REACH – test methods)

We would like to inform that Commission Regulation (EC) No 761/2009 of 23 July 2009 amending, for the purpose of its adaptation to technical progress, Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 laying down test methods pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, L220 of 24 August 2009.
Text of the regulation


Calls for information to avoid unnecessary animal testing

We would like to inform, that an important new way to avoid unnecessary

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