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  • Chemical products with old labels off the shelves by 1 June 2017

    May 3, 2017

    Companies must classify, label and package their hazardous chemicals appropriately before placing them on the market. From 1 June 2017, all chemical products placed on the market have to be labelled in accordance with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation. This marks the end…

  • South Korean business group hits out at registration costs

    April 25, 2017

    One of South Korea’s largest industry associations, the Korea Employers Federation (KEF), is lobbying the government to ease K-REACH requirements over concerns the tightened regulations will damage businesses. The KEF submitted “policy recommendations” aimed at reducing the burden of K-REACH on business to several ministries – including the…

  • ECHA Board of Appeal Annuls Contested Decision Concerning Titanium Dioxide

    March 9, 2017

    On March 2, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that its Board of Appeal issued its decision in Case A-011-2014, which concerns a Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) dossier evaluation for titanium dioxide. See https://echa.europa.eu/-/board-of-appeal-decision-in-an-appeal-concerning-the-registration-requirements-for-nanoforms-published In its evaluation, ECHA considered only…

  • EU Limited in Regulating Nanoscale Chemicals, Appeals Board Rules

    March 4, 2017

    The European Chemicals Agency Board of Appeal ruled March 2 that chemical companies operating in the EU are not required to provide specific information about the nanoscale forms of their substances. The Board of Appeal annulled a 2014 European Chemicals Agency decision that required a…

  • Improving REACH dossiers remains big challenge, says ECHA

    February 27, 2017

    Latest agency figures show no improvement in proportion assessed in compliance More than 90% of compliance checks on REACH registration dossiers during 2016 required further information, compared with 82% the year before. Most of the dossiers chosen for evaluation were for high-volume substances with concerns…

  • Compliance checking substances

    February 23, 2017

    ECHA has updated the list of substances that might be chosen for compliance checks. There are 60 new substances. Registrants of these substances are strongly advised to update their registration dossiers including the chemical safety report and tonnage band by 28 April 2017. By updating…

  • Reject ‘poor’ REACH dossiers, Denmark tells EU Commission

    February 23, 2017

    Echa should refuse to grant a registration number to companies that are “clearly not providing relevant or sufficient information” in their REACH registration dossier, the Danish environment ministry says. Responding to the European Commission’s consultation on the REACH Review, it says the current practice of…

  • More clarity for read-across assessment

    February 16, 2017

    The Read-Across Assessment Framework (RAAF) now also contains environmental endpoints. This will help registrants anticipate how ECHA assesses their read-across cases. It will also help registrants to improve their dossiers. The updated framework now covers REACH information requirements concerning human health, environmental fate and environmental…

  • Echa picks more than 150 substances for manual screening

    February 6, 2017

    Echa has selected 162 substances from REACH registration dossiers for further scrutiny by the member state competent authorities. The substances will be manually screened by national authorities to decide whether regulatory action is needed. Echa does not make the list of shortlisted substances public because…

  • Four new substances of very high concern added to the Candidate List

    January 23, 2017

    ECHA has added four new SVHCs to the Candidate List  based on proposals by France, Sweden, Germany and Austria, following the SVHC identification process with involvement of the Member State Committee. Substances included in the Candidate List for authorisation on 12 January 2017 and their…