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  • ECHA uncovers REACH non-compliance

    March 21, 2018

    Information released by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) shows how exposure to toxic chemicals in the home and the working environment continues apace. And the numbers are shocking. Research by ECHA showed levels of restricted phthalates above those permitted in the EU in 20% of inspected...

  • Inspectors begin controls of classification and labelling of mixtures

    February 21, 2018

    The inspections in EU and EEA Member States will check whether the classification and labelling of a mixture corresponds to the information presented in the safety data sheet for the mixture. The controls began in January 2018 under the enforcement project REACH-EN-FORCE-6 (REF-6). Altogether, 31 European...

  • Business impacts of not registering for REACH on time

    February 14, 2018

    The last deadline is looming and there are serious consequences to not meeting it by 31 May At the start of the year, Echa was still expecting about 25,000 unique substances covered by some 60,000 registrations, to be submitted by the last REACH deadline of 31...

  • Substances shortlisted for possible regulatory action by ECHA

    January 23, 2018

    ECHA has selected 236 substances for further scrutiny by the Member State competent authorities in its annual screening exercise. The competent authorities will carry out a manual examination of dossiers they prioritise to decide whether regulatory action is needed. If a company has registered one...

  • Echa proposal for SME free access to REACH data rejected

    January 5, 2018

    The REACH Directors' Contact Group (DCG) has rejected a proposal by Echa to grant small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) conditional free access to REACH data and joint submissions for the May 2018 registration deadline. The DCG is an informal group of directors from the European Commission,...

  • Member State Committee agrees to add seven new substances to the Candidate List and update the entry for bisphenol A

    January 5, 2018

    The Member State Committee (MSC) supported the German proposal to additionally identify bisphenol A (BPA) as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) because of its endocrine disrupting properties which cause probable serious effects to the environment. Bisphenol A is already listed in the Candidate...

  • New interactive infographic for following the progress of REACH registrations

    December 6, 2017

    Do you want to know how many chemical substances have been registered by companies in your country? Or what are the most commonly registered chemicals? Check the new statistics on chemicals registered under the REACH Regulation and follow the progress towards the last registration deadline...

  • Member States to evaluate 107 substances in 2018-2020

    November 15, 2017

    ECHA proposes to include 107 substances in the Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for 2018-2020 to be evaluated by the Member States. If you have registered these substances, you should coordinate your actions with your co-registrants and contact the evaluating authority. 6 substances are expected to...

  • New version of REACH-IT in November – downtime before

    October 20, 2017

    A new version of the dossier submission and communication tool, REACH-IT, will be introduced on 7 November 2017. To manage the update, the tool will be closed from 1 November until 6 November inclusive. The update (version 3.3) does not affect the submission of registration...

  • ECHA’s scrutiny has a profound impact on authorisation decisions

    September 20, 2017

    According to ECHA’s report the requirements for authorisation have introduced stricter controls of use and have therefore reduced risks from harmful chemicals to workers and the population at large. They have often led to early substitution to safer alternatives. Where applicants made a convincing case...