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  • Tracking chemicals of concern in products – SCIP database ready for use

    November 4, 2020

    Industry can now submit information on substances of very high concern in their articles to ECHA’s SCIP database. The aim is to make recycling of products safer and improve information about dangerous chemicals in products. The SCIP database was launched today and companies can submit data...

  • UK REACH chemicals registration deadline extended

    October 21, 2020

    THE UK Government has extended the deadline for UK chemicals companies to register their products with the new system that will come into place following the Brexit transition period. Companies will now have up to six years to complete registrations, up from two years. UK...

  • Registration update deadlines clarified

    October 21, 2020

    The European Commission has published a draft of an implementing regulation which clarifies the meaning of ‘without undue delay’ related to registration updates under REACH. The draft includes deadlines for different scenarios which may trigger the need for registrants to update their dossiers. Since registration...

  • One in four imported products found to be non-compliant with REACH and CLP

    October 2, 2020

    A pilot project by ECHA’s Enforcement Forum examining imports of products into the EU has found that 23 % of inspected products were non-compliant with REACH and CLP. Some imports contained illegal amounts of hazardous substances that are restricted in the EU, while others had...

  • Refrigerants under threat from new PFAS proposals

    July 18, 2020

    Proposals to restrict the use of PFAS – a range of chemicals dangerous to health – could further impact the use of HFC and HFO refrigerants in Europe. ndustry groups have been alerted to a joint REACH restriction proposal by the national authorities of five...

  • Five Countries Collaborate to Inform Stakeholders on Endocrine Disruptors

    July 10, 2020

    Five EU Member States are collaborating on a website to inform stakeholders about the status of substances identified as endocrine disruptors or under evaluation for endocrine disrupting properties within the EU.National Authorities in Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Sweden are compiling information to improve...

  • EAC: Transition to independent post-Brexit chemicals body suffering from ‘fundamental issues

    July 2, 2020

    The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) of MPs has today urged the government to consider associate membership of the EU chemicals frameworks if "fundamental issues" surrounding the transition to the UK's new independent chemicals body are not ironed out. In an message sent yesterday to Environment...

  • REACH Annex II amended to Include SDS Requirements for Nanoforms

    June 27, 2020

    On June 26, 2020, the European Commission (EC) published a regulation that amends Annex II of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.  Annex II describes the requirements for compiling safety data sheets (SDS).  The EC notes that specific requirements for nanoforms of...

  • ECHA’s committees recommend restricting a subgroup of PFAS

    June 17, 2020

    The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) supported Norway’s proposal to restrict the use of perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS) to prevent it being used as a regrettable substitute for another 'forever chemical' PFOA, which will be banned from July onwards. In its June meeting, SEAC adopted its final...

  • Resorcinol not identified as a substance of very high concern

    June 16, 2020

    ECHA’s Member State Committee (MSC) did not agree to identify resorcinol as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) due to its endocrine-disrupting properties. Now, the Commission's REACH Committee will make a final decision. At its June meeting, the Member State Committee did not unanimously...