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  • 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...

  • Four new substances added to the Candidate List

    July 17, 2019

    The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains 201 substances.   ECHA has added four new substances to the Candidate List due to their toxicity to reproduction, endocrine disruption and a combination of other properties of concern. The latter...

  • Cefic launches Action Plan to help REACH registrants review chemical safety data

    June 27, 2019

    In June 2019 the European chemical industry launched an unprecedented action to proactively and systematically review and update data in previously submitted REACH registration dossiers. This initiative comes in response to the recent conclusion by the European Chemicals Agency that many REACH registration dossiers require...

  • ECHA to scrutinise all REACH registrations by 2027

    June 27, 2019

    ECHA will start to evaluate 20 % of registration dossiers in each tonnage band to improve the compliance of REACH registrations. This will mean approximately 30 % of all registered chemicals will be checked.  The Commission will propose an amendment to REACH to raise the...

  • EU to quadruple REACH compliance checks

    June 14, 2019

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) says it intends to quadruple the number of checks it undertakes on the registrations of thousands of chemical substances used in the bloc. The move is part of an effort to improve compliance with the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and...