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We are six and a half months away from the third and final REACH registration deadline, and we are starting to see an increase in dossier submissions here in ECHA. To date, we have received 12 500 registrations relevant for the 2018 deadline. This is in line with our estimate.
Tattoos symbolise originality, personality and freedom. They are also more popular than ever. In Europe, around 12 % of adults have a tattoo. In some countries and younger age groups, this proportion is even higher. But, little attention has been paid to the chemicals in your tattoos and whether the inks used could harm your health. ECHA Newsletter reports on the current regulatory developments.
To continue using hazardous substances included in the Authorisation List, you have to apply for authorisation. To date, ECHA has received 120 applications for authorisation for 22 substances of very high concern. A stocktaking conference held in November 2017 highlighted how authorisation has positively impacted European businesses, workers and the general public by stimulating substitution and reducing the risks of hazardous chemicals.
The EU wants to identify all relevant, known substances of very high concern by 2020. We have screened ChemSec’s “Substitute it Now” (SIN List) to check if it includes substances that are not yet under regulatory scrutiny. The results show that the majority of the more than 900 substances are regulated or under scrutiny, but more work still needs to be done.
The IUCLID Cloud for SMEs offers small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and their consultants a simpler way to prepare registration dossiers. Originally launched in August, you can work online without needing to install or manage IUCLID updates, get data stored and safe at ECHA, and have fully managed back-ups with 24/7 availability of service. In December, the cloud service will take it up another notch with integrated step-by-step advice on how to build a complete REACH registration dossier for the REACH 2018 deadline.
External service providers can be crucial for SMEs and their success in managing regulatory obligations. Preparing a REACH registration requires time and expertise - something that smaller companies do not necessarily have on top of their daily business routines. Hired help can prove to be a worthwhile investment. We asked an SME representative and a consultancy to give their views on what is important from their side for smooth cooperation.
Half a century ago, the EU established the Directive on Dangerous Substances, planting the seeds from which the system for classifying, labelling and packaging of chemicals in Europe has steadily grown. We spoke to Gunilla Ericsson and Henk Roelfzema, two experts with decades of experience working on classification, to find out what we have learnt and how the history impacts today’s chemical safety.
The Biocidal Products Regulation Subgroup (BPRS) works under the umbrella of ECHA’s Enforcement Forum to improve and harmonise biocides enforcement activities. We met with Francesca Ravaioli, Vice-Chair and the Italian representative in the subgroup, to find out why the group is needed and what future activities are planned.
If you are an exporter in the EU and trade certain chemicals with non-EU countries, you have to inform your national authority about your export activity. This information not only helps protect human health and the environment, but also bolsters cooperation between the EU and non-EU countries in the international trade of hazardous chemicals.
It was over 10 years ago when Geert Dancet moved to Helsinki to lead the newly established European Chemicals Agency. Soon, it is time to hand over the baton to his successor. We spoke with Mr Dancet about his years as ECHA's Executive Director and asked him what needs to be done to guarantee that the use of chemicals in Europe, and globally, will become even safer.
The REACH Compliance research project, carried out at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), evaluates the data availability and quality of REACH registration dossiers. In the first three parts of the project, we looked at chemicals placed on the European market in quantities of 1 000 tonnes or more per year.
Starting as fluorine-free foams in the mid-1920s, firefighting foams established themselves as an effective tool for fighting fires. The growth of the petrochemical industry and consequently the spread of flammable products with high-energy content, such as plastics and fuels, throughout society created a new level of demand for fire protection.