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  • Six new substances added to the Candidate List

    January 18, 2019

    [vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains 197 substances. ECHA has added five new substances to the Candidate List due to the carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction, persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent...

  • Upcoming inspections to check compliance with REACH registration obligations

    January 9, 2019

    [vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Inspectors, working together with customs authorities, have started checking the compliance of importers and manufacturers with REACH registration obligations as part of an EU-wide Forum enforcement project.   The inspections are part of Forum’s seventh coordinated REACH enforcement project (REF-7) involving all...

  • Harmful chemical regulation after BREXIT

    December 4, 2018

    As Brexit approaches, British manufacturers and regulators are concerned about the UK’s future role in harmful chemical regulation discussions. In EU negotiations over harmful chemical regulation, the UK has typically advocated in the interests of the chemical production industry; erring on the side of less regulation....

  • ECHA plans increased scrutiny of REACH dossier ‘opt-outs’

    November 12, 2018

    Echa will manually check all new REACH registrations with 'opt-outs' from joint data submissions from 1 December, as part of efforts to increase scrutiny of such dossiers for completeness and compliance. Under the regulation, companies choosing to opt out of data submitted jointly with co-registrants are...

  • Data disputes leave 160 REACH registrations pending

    November 6, 2018

    ECHA has confirmed that around 160 REACH substance registrations are still pending due to ongoing data disputes. These follow the third and final registration deadline which was on 31 May. The agency said most of the pending registrations belong to a group of similar substances. However, the...

  • Brexit and Chemicals Regulation: UK Government Sets Out Plans for a UK-Reach in The Event of a Hard-Brexit

    October 14, 2018

    The UK Government released its latest Technical Notice, specifically addressing the way it envisages regulating of chemicals in the event the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without agreeing on an exit deal i.e. a "hard-Brexit." The Technical Notice does not provide much in...

  • Although the Brexit situation will remain fluid, the UK chemicals industry must get ready for the worst

    October 12, 2018

    Progress in negotiations between the UK and the EU about Brexit continue at an alarmingly slow pace, with both sides committed to different outcomes, as seen at the summit in September in Salzburg. For Prime Minister Theresa May, "Brexit means Brexit"; for the EU, the...

  • ECHA updates REACH Brexit advice to companies

    October 11, 2018

    Echa has updated its advice to companies on Britain's withdrawal from the EU, with new information on authorisation and registration of substances under REACH. The advice includes five new Q&As prepared on the basis that Britain will leave the bloc on 29 March 2019. If both...

  • ECHA: ‘Army’ of inspectors to probe REACH registrations

    October 1, 2018

    Ref-7 enforcement project kicks off across Europe in January Companies should prepare for "a whole army of inspectors" descending on them to check compliance with REACH registration obligations and dossier updates in January, an Echa official has warned. The investigations fall under the seventh REACH enforcement project...

  • Industry needs to prepare for no-deal Brexit – Germany’s VCI

    September 25, 2018

      Chemicals trading between the UK and the EU could come to a "complete standstill" without a Brexit deal and it is "high time" for companies to prepare for this eventuality, the head of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) has warned. The association represents around 1,700...