- Taking stock: second peak conquered
- Ensure technical equivalence before applying for an EU or national authorisation for a biocidal product
- First substance evaluation decisions to be finalised
- How to find information about chemicals on ECHA's website
- Are you importing or exporting hazardous chemicals?
- Lost in translation? Go to ECHA-term
- ECHA Scientific column: Evaluation of grouping and read-across
- ENES5: Focus on mixtures
- Smaller companies share their experiences on REACH registration
- Brazil interested in learning from ECHA's experiences
- Wanted: practical examples from industry
- Member States agree on the practical actions of the SVHC Roadmap 2020
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This is our last newsletter of 2013 and a good opportunity to reflect on the year's work and to look towards 2014. It is also the one-year anniversary of our online Newsletter format, which you appreciate very much according to our news readership survey. You can read more about the results of the survey in this issue.
Ensure technical equivalence before applying for an EU or national authorisation for a biocidal product
Does your biocidal product contain an active substance which comes from an alternative source that differs from the reference source of the approved active substance? An alternative source means that the manufacturing process, the manufacturing location or the manufacturer of the active substance is different.
News from ECHA
Member States have prepared proposals for first decisions on substance evaluation. Substance evaluation decisions, if prepared and endorsed, always request more information on the substance from the registrants. After unanimous agreement of the Member State Committee in November, ECHA will finalise the first batch of decisions for seven substances. They will be published on ECHA's website in 2014.
Up-to-date information on registration, harmonised classification as well as authorisation and the restriction status of substances is important to downstream users for both economic and safety reasons. Do you know how to find this information on ECHA's website?
The Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation regulates the import and export of hazardous chemicals between the EU and third countries, and implements the global Rotterdam Convention within the European Union. The recast of PIC will enter into operation on 1 March 2014 and, at the same time, ECHA will take over the operational responsibility from the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
The ECHA-term database has 1 200 terms related to REACH, CLP and the biocides regulation in 23 languages. Users can look for terminology used in the legislation in their own language and even learn what the terms mean.
The REACH Regulation gives registrants the possibility to use means other than standard methods to meet the standard information requirements for a registered substance. One such approach is to predict the properties of a substance by grouping and read-across.
The safe use of mixtures was the main topic of the fifth meeting of the Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios (ENES) held in Brussels at the end of November. The meeting learnt that around 15 different approaches are currently being developed by different industry sectors to gather safe use information for mixtures based on information generated under REACH. The aim now is to further refine these methods down to two to three generic ones that can be used by the majority of formulators.
First time small and medium sized enterprise (SME) registrants had a say about their experiences in registering their chemicals under REACH through a survey ECHA conducted in October. The highlights of the results are summarised below. More information about the conclusions and follow-up actions will be presented at the REACH SME workshop on 10 December 2013 in Brussels.
Brazil is among the largest global economies and chemical industries in the world. In 2012, Brazil was the eighth most important trade partner to the European Union and chemicals were among the top trade categories. Knowing the different aspects of chemical legislation in Europe is therefore vital for the Brazilian authorities and industry.
The ECHA Newsletter readers want to read stories about communication in the supply chain, authorisation and restriction of chemicals, and classification and labelling.
The implementation plan for the ‘Roadmap on substances of very high concern for 2020' was endorsed by the Member State competent authorities in their meeting at the end of November.
10-11 December, Brussels
Washington D.C., USA