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  • Covid-19: ECHA and industry respond to disinfectant shortages

    March 25, 2020

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Commission have announced plans to help EU member states and industry to address disinfectant shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has recently become a critical issue in many EU markets. “It is essential to ensure that...

  • ECHA to support EU-wide action against COVID-19

    March 21, 2020

    ECHA will, together with the European Commission, support Member States and industry in addressing disinfectant shortages. The Agency will also extend some of its deadlines to help chemicals companies. ECHA is taking measures to support EU action to fight the pandemic caused by the coronavirus...

  • New substance evaluation conclusion published

    March 20, 2020

    A new substance evaluation conclusion document is now available on ECHA’s website for: Phenol, dodecyl-, branched (EC 310-154-3; CAS 121158-58-5), added to the CoRAP list in 2018 and evaluated by Germany; Quaternary ammonium compounds, di-C16-18-alkyldimethyl, chlorides (EC 295-835-2; CAS 92129-33-4), added to the CoRAP list...

  • ECHA’s committees conclude on five restrictions

    March 19, 2020

    The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its opinion on the restriction proposal for siloxanes (D4, D5, D6) in personal care products while the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) adopted its opinion, among others, on skin sensitising substances used in textile and leather products. SEAC...

  • Companies need to provide more data on nanoforms

    February 21, 2020

    ECHA has received 95 unique submissions for 36 substances covering nanoforms according to the updated REACH requirements. The Agency expected to receive updated registrations for approximately 300 substances, based on data from the Belgian and French national inventories and the European Commission’s catalogue of nanomaterials...

  • Brexit and REACH: What does it mean for products companies?

    February 10, 2020

    With the EU Chemical Agency's recent announcement that four new substances will be added to the Candidate List, you might be thinking: what's next for the UK and its chemicals legislation? From product packaging and wrappers to your phone, television and the socks you're wearing,...

  • ECHA adds four substances to REACH candidate list

    January 22, 2020

    The European Chemicals Agency has included four more substances on its REACH candidate list of SVHCs, which now contains 205 chemicals. The list is comprised of substances that may have serious effects on human health or the environment and which are candidates for eventual inclusion...

  • 44 % of hazardous mixtures not compliant with classification and labelling obligations

    December 17, 2019

    An EU-wide Forum enforcement project has found significant non-compliance in the classification and labelling of mixtures. The sixth EU-wide Enforcement Forum project (REF-6) focused on the classification and labelling of mixtures. The most common mixtures checked were washing and cleaning products; biocidal products; coatings, paints,...

  • Conclusions on four active substances and two applications for Union authorisation

    December 16, 2019

    The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) adopted seven opinions supporting the approval of four active substances and two opinions for Union authorisation.  The Biocidal Products Committee concluded on the applications of the following active substance product-type combinations: Icaridin for product-type 19 (repellents and attractants); Cyanamide for...

  • Revised completeness check to be launched in April 2020

    December 13, 2019

    The completeness check will be extended to chemical safety reports, to ensure they contain all the elements required under REACH. More explicit checks on key hazard endpoints will also be included in the revision. ECHA plans to extend the completeness check to the chemical safety...