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  • Intention to restrict per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) submitted

    July 29, 2021

    Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have submitted an intention to restrict the manufacture, placing on the market and use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) (EC/CAS -) on 15 July 2021. The ECHA expects to receive their restriction proposal by 15 July 2022....

  • Candidate List updated with eight hazardous chemicals

    July 22, 2021

    The Candidate List of substances of very high concern now contains 219 chemicals that may harm people or the environment. Some of the newly added substances are used in consumer products, such as cosmetics, scented articles, rubber and textiles. Others are used, for example, as...

  • Dossier evaluation: request for a combination study at Annex VII

    July 11, 2021

    ECHA’s Member State Committee has agreed to request a combined comet assay (OECD TG 489) and micronucleus test (OECD TG 474) for substances registered above one tonne per year under Annex VII to REACH.   The combination study will be requested if there is: a positive Ames...

  • Chromium trioxide widely used in plating and surface treatment

    June 27, 2021

    ECHA has received over 1 000 notifications from industrial sites using chromium trioxide in chrome plating and surface treatment in the EU. This follows two European Commission decisions in December 2020 granting authorisation to use the chemical until September 2024. Enforcement authorities can now carry...

  • Nearly 300 chemicals identified as candidates for regulatory action

    May 4, 2021

    In 2020, ECHA assessed around 1 900 registered chemicals in groups. 290 of these may be candidates for further regulatory risk management at EU level if their hazards are confirmed. ECHA’s third report on its Integrated Regulatory Strategy gives the latest on the Agency’s work...

  • ECHA proposes seven substances for authorisation to protect people and the environment

    April 15, 2021

    ECHA recommends for the European Commission to add seven substances, including the cyclosiloxanes D4, D5 and D6, to the Authorisation List. Once on the list, companies will need to apply for authorisation to continue using them. D4, D5, and D6 are considered harmful to the...

  • Biocides Committee proposes not to approve four silver-containing active substances

    March 10, 2021

    The committee adopted five opinions in total, including one on Union authorisation.  ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) concluded that the assessment of the following active substances does not support their approval for product-type 4 (food and feed area): silver zinc zeolite; silver zeolite; silver copper...

  • Evaluation activities sped up by assessing chemicals in groups

    February 24, 2021

    In 2020, ECHA checked 1 900 chemicals to identify a need for further assessment. Registrations for 258 chemicals were also checked for compliance with the REACH requirements. Better quality safety data from companies is still needed to clarify the long-term effects of chemicals. Checking similar...

  • One-third of products claimed to be treated with biocides have incorrect labelling

    December 18, 2020

    36 % of checked treated articles were found to be non-compliant with labelling requirements under the Biocidal Products Regulation. The first coordinated enforcement project on biocides (BEF-1) run by the BPR Subgroup of the Forum (BPRS) focused on checking obligations for treated articles in 2019....

  • 6.5 % of inspected substances miss the required registration

    December 17, 2020

    An EU-wide REACH enforcement project has also found that 15 % of almost 1 200 chemicals needing registration did not comply with at least one registration-related duty. ECHA Forum’s seventh REACH enforcement project checked how well companies comply with registration obligations after the last registration...