• Although the Brexit situation will remain fluid, the UK chemicals industry must get ready for the worst

    October 12, 2018

    Progress in negotiations between the UK and the EU about Brexit continue at an alarmingly slow pace, with both sides committed to different outcomes, as seen at the summit in September in Salzburg. For Prime Minister Theresa May, “Brexit means Brexit”; for the EU, the…

  • ECHA updates REACH Brexit advice to companies

    October 11, 2018

    Echa has updated its advice to companies on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, with new information on authorisation and registration of substances under REACH. The advice includes five new Q&As prepared on the basis that Britain will leave the bloc on 29 March 2019. If…

  • ECHA: ‘Army’ of inspectors to probe REACH registrations

    October 1, 2018

    Ref-7 enforcement project kicks off across Europe in January Companies should prepare for “a whole army of inspectors” descending on them to check compliance with REACH registration obligations and dossier updates in January, an Echa official has warned. The investigations fall under the seventh REACH…

  • Industry needs to prepare for no-deal Brexit – Germany’s VCI

    September 25, 2018

      Chemicals trading between the UK and the EU could come to a “complete standstill” without a Brexit deal and it is “high time” for companies to prepare for this eventuality, the head of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) has warned. The association represents…

  • More than 800 REACH 2018 dossiers awaiting registration number

    September 10, 2018

    More than 800 REACH 2018 dossiers awaiting registration number

  • Authorised uses: non-confidential information from downstream user notifications now available

    July 26, 2018

    If a company’s use of a substance on the Authorisation List is covered by an authorisation granted to their supplier, the company must notify ECHA on the continued use of the substance after its sunset date. ECHA has published a public register with data from…

  • UK ‘no-deal’ Brexit chemicals plan due in autumn

    July 20, 2018

    The UK’s environment ministry (Defra) is working on a “large and detailed” draft of a statutory instrument to transfer the “responsibilities and operability” of Echa to a UK agency in the event of a no-deal Brexit scenario. The draft should be laid out in Parliament…

  • ECHA’s substance evaluation request for polymer data

    July 12, 2018

    A Board of Appeal ruling means that Echa cannot require REACH registrants to provide information which they do not have and cannot get The Echa Board of Appeal (BoA) recently issued a Decision in a case regarding REACH evaluation, which is important for registrants facing…

  • More than 21,000 substances registered under REACH

    June 6, 2018

    Echa has received 33,363 registration dossiers for 11,114 substances manufactured or imported in quantities of between 1 to 100 tonnes/year. These were the final figures achieved yesterday, the third and final REACH deadline. For all three registration deadlines of 2010, 2013 and 2018 combined, the…

  • France urges robust REACH authorisation, SVHC actions in ECHA plan

    June 1, 2018

    The French competent authority is calling on Echa to include measures to strengthen the REACH authorisation process in its strategic plan for the next five years. France’s comments – along with those of member states, NGOs and industry – were submitted to the agency’s recent…