Wednesday, August 27, 2014

9 New Substances Added To REACH Authorization List

Nine new substances have been added to the REACH regulation Authorisation List.

On August 19th, the European Commission added nine (9) new substances on the Authorisation List (Annex XIV) of the REACH Regulation. These substances of very high concern had been prioritized by ECHA in January 2013 and are used, for instance, as solvents, anti-corrosion or curing agents.

The latest application dates range from February 2016 to July 2017. The Authorisation List currently contains a total of 31 substances.

Here is a link to official ECHA Authorisation List.

The Authorisation List is...

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has published the REACH Authorization List, in an effort to tighten the use of Substances of Very High Concern(SVHC)1. The list is an official recommendation from the ECHA to the European Commission.The list is also regularly updated and expanded, and currently comprises a total of 155 SVHC.

To sell or use these substances, manufacturers, importers and retailers in the European Union (EU) must apply for authorization from the ECHA. The applicant is to submit a chemical safety report on the risks entailed by the substance, as well as an analysis of possible alternative substances or technologies including present and future research and development processes.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Registry of Intentions updated: CLH

The aim of the public Registry of Intentions (RoI) is to make interested parties aware of the substances for which a CLH, SVHC or restriction dossier is intended to be submitted. This gives interested parties time to prepare for commenting later in the process. It also avoids duplication of work and encourages cooperation between potential dossier submitters.

Recently, four new intentions and five new submissions for harmonised classification and labelling were been added to the Registry of Intentions.

The new intentions are:
  1. hexythiazox
  2. 2-butoxyethanol
  3. propane-1,2-diol 
  4. 2-methylimidazole
The new submissions are:
  1. fipronil
  2. dibutyltin dilaurate
  3. silver zinc zeolite
  4. salicylic acid 
  5. 2-phenylphenol
Find out more here.

ECHA (at the request of the Commission) or Member States may prepare dossiers for the identification of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and dossiers proposing restrictions (Annex XV of REACH). Dossiers proposing harmonised classification and labelling of substances may be prepared by MSCAs and manufacturers, importers or downstream users.

Member State competent authorities may propose
  1. a new harmonised classification and labelling (CLH), or
  2. a revision of an existing CLH, for any substance that is under the scope of the CLP Regulation (Article 37(1) )
Manufacturers, importers and downstream users may propose CLH for those substances
  1. which are not active substances in biocidal products or plant protection products, and
  2. provided that there is no existing entry in Part 3 of Annex VI to the CLP Regulation for such a substance in relation to the hazard class or differentiation covered by the proposal (Article 37(2))
Important: A REACH-IT account is required to submit a CLH intention or dossier.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ECHA adds 4 new chemicals to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has just added four new substances to the REACH regulation Candidate List for authorization.

The new substances added to the Candidate List are:
1) Cadmium chloride
2) 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear
3) Sodium peroxometaborate
4) Sodium perborate; perboric acid, sodium salt

The ECHA press release is here.
We like this PDF document from 3rd Party Actio Corporation here (downloadable list).

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Animal testing on decline, says ECHA

According to ECHA's tri-annual report about the use of alternatives to animal testing, registrants have widely used alternative methods to generate information required by REACH to ensure the safe use of chemicals. That is, registrants are using methods other than animal testing.
These folks approve
Most registrants conform with the data sharing obligations. Industry has increasingly used:
  1.  in vitro methods
  2.  built categories / grouping
  3.  predicted substance properties by read-across
"Read-across" is a "non-testing" approach that has gained much attention in recent years in particular for the way in which it can be used as a means of fulfilling data gaps under REACH. In fact, while the read-across concept has been utilized for many years in the HPV program under OECD or EPA, REACH has really provided the impetus to both update and harmonize the available technical guidance.

Opinion: The bloggers behind this blog are all for alternative methods of getting information. Animal testing is barbaric at this point in science.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New ECHA guidance on biocides

Today the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced publication of three (3) Transitional Guidance documents for the updated Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR):
  1. Efficacy Assessment for Product Type 21 Antifouling Products
  2. Efficacy Assessment for Preservatives
  3. Mixture toxicity assessment for biocidal products for the environment
Those three guidance documents are available via PDF download on this page.

In addition, the biocides guidance webpages have updated to provide information on the Transitional Guidance documents and updated information on the new guidance structure.

More about BPR on ECHA's official page.

9th Stakeholders Day recap, videos and presentations

The Ninth Stakeholders' Day took place on May 21st 2014 in Helsinki.
ECHA Stakeholders Day (last year)

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) welcomed over 200 participants from nearly 40 countries for the ninth Stakeholder's Day on May 21, and a further 1,455 attended online in some capacity.

Criteria for stakeholders is somewhat complicated, more on that here in a previous post.

Conference materials from the 9th Stakeholder's Day are now available. Presentations and a video recording of the day are up and available at the links below.

If you attended the event either in person or via streaming video, you may share your views about the event with ECHA. Provide feedback through a short questionnaire on the ECHA website.

If you missed it, here's the program from the event to provide a useful overview of discussions:  Program

Watch the recording:

Refer to presentations:

Stakeholders Day

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Two new SVHC intentions from Sweden under REACH

The European Chemicals Agency Registry of Intentions has been updated with two new SVHCs intended by Sweden.
Image courtesy ECHA

Two new SVHC intentions are: 
  1. cadmium sulphate (EC 233-331-6) (CAS # 10124-36-4)
  2. cadmium fluoride (EC 232-222-0) (CAS # 7790-79-6)
As always, if you know of other CAS numbers for this or any substance listed on this blog, please say so in the comments. Thank you.

More about the two chemicals

  • cadmium sulphate (EC 233-331-6) (CAS # 10124-36-4)
Also known as: Cadmium sulphate, Cadmium monosulfate, cadmium(2+) sulfate, Cadmium sulfate (1:1), Cadmium sulfuricum, 10124-36-4
Molecular Formula: CdO4S   Molecular Weight: 208.4736  International Chemical Identifier Key or InChIKey: QCUOBSQYDGUHHT-UHFFFAOYSA-L
  • cadmium fluoride (EC 232-222-0) (CAS # 7790-79-6)
Also known as: Cadmium difluoride, Cadmium fluoride (CdF2), Cadmium fluorure [French], EINECS 232-222-0, difluorocadmium, Cadmium fluorure
Molecular Formula: CdF2   Molecular Weight: 150.407806   InChIKey: LVEULQCPJDDSLD-UHFFFAOYSA-L