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  • 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...

  • Inspectors in the EU to target REACH authorisation duties

    November 13, 2019

    The Enforcement Forum decided that its next major enforcement project will focus on REACH authorisation. The Forum also initiated a pilot project on recovered substances and announced that its pilot project on classification of mixtures will focus on detergents and cleaning products. The Forum has...

  • UK REACH-IT joint registration functionality on the way

    October 31, 2019

    The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed that it is "now on the journey" to facilitate joint registrations in its no-deal Brexit UK REACH-IT system. Speaking at a joint Brexit workshop held with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in...

  • Rules for registration of phase-in substances clarified

    October 17, 2019

    The transitional regime for registering phase-in chemicals under REACH ended on 31 May 2018. The Commission has now clarified that certain provisions for phase-in substances will still apply until 31 December 2019. The Commission has set 31 December 2019 as the cut-off date after which...

  • SCIP database will improve transparency on hazardous substances in articles

    September 18, 2019

    The information requirements for the upcoming database on articles containing Candidate List substances (SVHCs) are now published. Companies will need to submit information to the database from January 2021 onwards. Under the Waste Framework Directive, suppliers of articles containing a substance of very high concern...

  • Be ready for a no-deal Brexit, Echa tells chemicals industry

    September 12, 2019

    With approximately six weeks to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, Echa has told companies in the chemicals supply chain to make sure they are prepared for a no-deal Brexit. As of 1 November, the UK may be a third country...

  • UK may not keep EU environment laws post-Brexit, MPs told

    September 10, 2019

    The UK government cannot rule out diverging from EU environmental laws transposed into UK law post-Brexit, new Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers told MPs. Villiers was giving evidence to Parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Committee on the topic of the Department for Environment, Food...

  • EPA Issues Final SNURs for 145 Chemical Substances

    August 22, 2019

    On August 20, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register final significant new use rules (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 145 chemical substances that are the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN).  84 Fed. Reg. 43266.  According to EPA,...

  • Court judgment on the identification of Bisphenol A as an SVHC

    August 15, 2019

    On 11 July 2019, the General Court issued a judgment in case T-185/17 dismissing in its entirety an action brought by PlasticsEurope. This action was seeking the annulment of ECHA’s decision to include Bisphenol A (BPA; EC 201-245-8, CAS 80-05-7) in the Candidate List on...

  • Public consultations on applications for authorisation

    August 15, 2019

    ECHA is looking for comments on 27 applications for authorisation covering 39 uses of: Chromium trioxide (EC 215-607-8, CAS 1333-82-0) used in the manufacture of electrolytic chromium/chromium oxide coated steel (ECCS); 4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated and 4-Nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated  (EC-, CAS-) used in the production...