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  • ECHA proposes seven substances for authorisation to protect people and the environment

    April 15, 2021

    ECHA recommends for the European Commission to add seven substances, including the cyclosiloxanes D4, D5 and D6, to the Authorisation List. Once on the list, companies will need to apply for authorisation to continue using them. D4, D5, and D6 are considered harmful to the...

  • Biocides Committee proposes not to approve four silver-containing active substances

    March 10, 2021

    The committee adopted five opinions in total, including one on Union authorisation.  ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) concluded that the assessment of the following active substances does not support their approval for product-type 4 (food and feed area): silver zinc zeolite; silver zeolite; silver copper...

  • Evaluation activities sped up by assessing chemicals in groups

    February 24, 2021

    In 2020, ECHA checked 1 900 chemicals to identify a need for further assessment. Registrations for 258 chemicals were also checked for compliance with the REACH requirements. Better quality safety data from companies is still needed to clarify the long-term effects of chemicals. Checking similar...

  • One-third of products claimed to be treated with biocides have incorrect labelling

    December 18, 2020

    36 % of checked treated articles were found to be non-compliant with labelling requirements under the Biocidal Products Regulation. The first coordinated enforcement project on biocides (BEF-1) run by the BPR Subgroup of the Forum (BPRS) focused on checking obligations for treated articles in 2019....

  • 6.5 % of inspected substances miss the required registration

    December 17, 2020

    An EU-wide REACH enforcement project has also found that 15 % of almost 1 200 chemicals needing registration did not comply with at least one registration-related duty. ECHA Forum’s seventh REACH enforcement project checked how well companies comply with registration obligations after the last registration...

  • 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...