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  • Companies recommended to transfer registrations before the UK’s withdrawal

    April 5, 2019

    ECHA continues to recommend companies to prepare for the UK withdrawal without a transition period, now expected to take effect on 13 April 2019, at 00:00 hours CET (i.e. 12 April 2019, 11 p.m. UK time).   Companies are reminded to initiate the transfer of...

  • Member States will evaluate 31 substances in 2019

    March 25, 2019

    ECHA has adopted the updated Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for substance evaluation, with 100 substances listed to be evaluated in 2019-2021. Registrants of the listed substances are encouraged to keep their registrations up to date and to contact the evaluating Member States. 19 Member...

  • REACH data compliance needs to improve

    February 28, 2019

    ECHA has published its annual evaluation report, delivering updated statistics on evaluated substances and registration dossiers, and giving advice to registrants on how to improve the information they provide on chemicals. In 2018, ECHA checked the compliance of 286 registrations, most of which focused on...

  • High-volume plastic additives mapped

    February 22, 2019

    ECHA and industry have mapped a range of high-volume chemicals that are used as additives in plastic. The information will be used by ECHA to identify substances of priority for further assessment. Information on over 400 substances used in the EU as additives in plastics...

  • Six new substances added to the Candidate List

    January 18, 2019

    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 and very bioaccumulative (vPvB)...

  • Upcoming inspections to check compliance with REACH registration obligations

    January 9, 2019

    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 31 EU and...

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…