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ECHA’s committees recommend restricting a subgroup of PFAS

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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...

Resorcinol not identified as a substance of very high concern

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 for Risk Assessment backs restricting intentional uses of microplastics

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]ECHA’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) supports restricting the use of intentionally added microplastics while recommending more stringent criteria for biodegradable polymers. The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) agreed on its draft opinion, which will soon be available for consultation.RAC...

EU Member States report illegal and ineffective disinfectants

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Several EU countries have signalled to ECHA and the European Commission that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased number of non-compliant (hand) disinfectants on the market. National enforcement authorities are taking action to protect citizens from the risks...

All petroleum REACH registrations could be affected by mixtures proposal

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]A mixtures assessment factor (MAF) of ten or higher would affect all relevant REACH registration dossiers for petroleum substances, according to oil industry trade association Concawe.Sweden and the Netherlands have asked other EU member states for feedback on the idea...

Five European states call for evidence on broad PFAS restriction

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The national authorities of Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark invite interested parties to send in evidence and information on the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by 31 July 2020.The authorities of the five countries have...

Cefic suggests fast-tracking some EU registrations

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Cefic has suggested the idea of fast-tracking certain types of EU registrations of chemicals to meet urgent demand during the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.Cefic product stewardship executive director Sylvie Lemoine praised the European Commission and Echa for engaging "swiftly and constructively"...

Covid-19: ECHA and industry respond to disinfectant shortages

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Commission have announced plans to help EU member states and industry to address disinfectant shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has recently become a critical issue in many EU markets.“It is...

ECHA to support EU-wide action against COVID-19

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]ECHA will, together with the European Commission, support Member States and industry in addressing disinfectant shortages. The Agency will also extend some of its deadlines to help chemicals companies.ECHA is taking measures to support EU action to fight the...

New substance evaluation conclusion published

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]A new substance evaluation conclusion document is now available on ECHA’s website for:Phenol, dodecyl-, branched (EC 310-154-3; CAS 121158-58-5), added to the CoRAP list in 2018 and evaluated by Germany; Quaternary ammonium compounds, di-C16-18-alkyldimethyl, chlorides (EC 295-835-2; CAS 92129-33-4),...

ECHA’s committees conclude on five restrictions

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its opinion on the restriction proposal for siloxanes (D4, D5, D6) in personal care products while the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) adopted its opinion, among others, on skin sensitising substances used in...

Companies need to provide more data on nanoforms

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]ECHA has received 95 unique submissions for 36 substances covering nanoforms according to the updated REACH requirements. The Agency expected to receive updated registrations for approximately 300 substances, based on data from the Belgian and French national inventories and the...

Brexit and REACH: What does it mean for products companies?

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]With the EU Chemical Agency's recent announcement that four new substances will be added to the Candidate List, you might be thinking: what's next for the UK and its chemicals legislation?From product packaging and wrappers to your phone, television and...

ECHA adds four substances to REACH candidate list

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The European Chemicals Agency has included four more substances on its REACH candidate list of SVHCs, which now contains 205 chemicals.The list is comprised of substances that may have serious effects on human health or the environment and which are...

44 % of hazardous mixtures not compliant with classification and labelling obligations

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]An EU-wide Forum enforcement project has found significant non-compliance in the classification and labelling of mixtures.The sixth EU-wide Enforcement Forum project (REF-6) focused on the classification and labelling of mixtures. The most common mixtures checked were washing and cleaning products;...