- ECHA is ready - are you?
- Time to register - ECHA is here to help
- Enterprise Europe Network and REACH and CLP
- Online C&L Platform facilitates discussion on the self-classification of substances
- Dutch CLP awareness raising campaign "Label Lottery" wins 2012 Silver Epica Award
- CLP Regulation: Article 34 revisited
- Getting ready for the new biocide regime
- Sylvie Lemoine, A.I.S.E, on the new Biocides Regulation: Great potential for improvement – but it needs to materialise
- Workers across Europe learn the benefits of REACH and take action to inform their employers
- A wake up call for companies on dossier compliance
- The new and improved QSAR Toolbox
- REACH registrant names and registration numbers online
- Follow ECHA on Twitter
- Your feedback helps us improve
- Guest column: "REACH works and is delivering"
- Guest column: REACH 2013 challenges and best practice in the chemical distribution industry
- Chemicals and clothing
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Päivi Jokiniemi and Paul Trouth
We now have less than four months to go until the second REACH registration deadline of 31 May 2013. ECHA has already completed its preparations with regard to guidance and IT tools and a six-month moratorium is now in place until June so that registrants do not have to adapt to a changing environment. Please register as soon as you can: we offer new webinars to help you and the helpdesks are available to answer your questions.
The second REACH deadline is just around the corner. Phase-in substances, manufactured or imported in the range of 100 to 1 000 tonnes per year, need to be registered by 31 May 2013. We at ECHA are ready to handle all these new registrations and are committed to supporting you throughout the process.
The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) involves nearly 600 organisations in 52 countries and is co-financed by the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme to provide both legal advice and business support to small companies. It is therefore a natural partner for ECHA's and the national competent authorities' outreach to downstream users and companies beyond the chemical sector. Closer cooperation with the Network is one of the measures to support small and medium sized companies (SMEs) outlined in the five year review of REACH.
One year after the launch of the C&L Inventory, ECHA has added a new online feature. It enables users to discuss the most appropriate classification and labelling of chemical substances where different classifications exist in the Inventory for the same substance.
The "Label Lottery", a campaign to raise the awareness of Dutch consumers about the safe use of household chemicals and inform them about the new safety labels, has won a Silver Epica, an international award given for outstanding creative work.
To fulfil its obligation as laid out in Article 34(1) of the CLP Regulation, ECHA conducted a Eurobarometer Survey and a qualitative research on the "risk perception of household chemical products: behavioural patterns and contextual effects".
Preparations are underway for the application of the new Biocides Products Regulation in September, including new IT tools for industry, the establishment of the Biocidal Products Committee and a dedicated stakeholder day for biocides.
Sylvie Lemoine, A.I.S.E, on the new Biocides Regulation: Great potential for improvement – but it needs to materialise
The chemicals used in biocides range from simple compounds to complex formulations, and are as diverse as the industry sectors involved, such as agriculture (pesticides) through to art and construction suppliers (paints).
Communicating about safety
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and union federation IndustriAll have extended their REACH information campaign for workers.
News from ECHA
Every draft compliance check decision from ECHA is a wake up call for registrants to look at their entire registration dossier – possibly even at any other dossiers they might have.
The third version of the QSAR Toolbox was launched in October 2012, ending the second four-year development phase of the joint toolbox programme of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and ECHA. The new release provides a more complete tool to reliably predict the hazardous properties of chemicals.
ECHA started publishing the registrant names and registration numbers from REACH dossiers in late 2012. ECHA's public registered substances database includes 26 000 company names and registration numbers. Anyone searching the database for a chemical can now also find out the company producing or supplying the chemical, unless the name of the company is declared confidential.
Keep up with ECHA's news and activities on Twitter: @EU_ECHA. ECHA is testing out Twitter. We will tweet information on our press releases, news alerts, public consultations, events and website updates.
The recent survey on the ECHA website, ECHA e-News and the Newsletter shows that you appreciate our effort to communicate well.
People and perspectives
The review of REACH has just been published by the Commission, providing a broad assessment of what the first five years of REACH have brought about.
Chemical distribution plays a crucial role in the chemical supply chain. Contributing to the supply of chemicals, as other actors in the chain, chemical distributors are affected by REACH and CLP and all other regulatory requirements pertaining to chemicals and transport.
The ‘Detox' campaign launched by Greenpeace in 2011 has drawn people's attention to the chemicals present in everyday fashion. The campaign mobilised hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to challenge clothing brands to eliminate releases of hazardous chemicals from their supply chains and products. Textile chemicals are also regulated under REACH and some of them are controlled by REACH risk management processes. What kind of preventive measures are already in place in Europe to decrease the exposure to hazardous chemicals from clothing? What is the ‘Detox' fashion campaign about? ECHA Newsletter finds out.
Biocidal Products Committee:
26 February-1 March
Committee for Risk Assessment:
Committee for Socio-Economic
18-22 March (tentative)
Management Board meeting:
Member State Committee:
13-17 May (tentative)