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Happy new year to you! This opportunity to address you at the start of 2017 is bittersweet for me. Bitter, because as you may know, this is the last year that I will be working with you to deliver on the important objectives of the EU chemicals legislation. But it’s sweet too, because this is going to be an important year as we enter the final phase before the REACH 2018 registration deadline and we take the opportunity to celebrate the first 10 years of REACH.
ECHA is making sure that registrations are up to the expected standard. If you have already registered and suspect that your dossier could be improved, don’t wait to get a letter from us – get your dossier in order.
On 26 January 2016, the European Commission’s Implementing Regulation on data sharing entered into force. Together with ECHA’s new data-sharing guidance, this gave joint registrants and particularly small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) clear instructions on what information they can expect and legally request from lead registrants. Perhaps even more importantly, it confirmed that they do not have to accept or agree to the existing data-sharing agreement if they do not believe it is ‘fair, transparent and non-discriminatory'.
If you are preparing a registration, read-across could well be an option for filling missing information. With it, you can use information from a known substance to predict the properties of another one. When used correctly, it can help you avoid unnecessary testing on vertebrate animals.
A new version of the QSAR Toolbox (4.0) will be launched in April. It will expand the functionalities of the tool and make it easier for you to predict the hazardousness of your substance. The update is especially targeted at new and less experienced users to help them fill in their data gaps for the REACH 2018 registration deadline.
Innovation takes time, and time is money. But what if your government was able to help you fund a project to put less harmful biocides on the EU market? This is what the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets out to do with a new, small-scale innovation project.
Anyone using chemical substances and products needs to know how to use them safely. But how can we manage the increase in information generated by REACH? We spoke to three sector organisations to learn more about the use maps they have developed for their sectors and the benefits for registrants and downstream users.
If you produce mixtures and are struggling to put together the information on using them safely, this article is for you. There is a new approach to help you – it is called the Lead Component Identification (LCID) methodology. It has been developed to help you communicate the safe use conditions of your chemical products to downstream users and to increase the safety of those using your mixture.
The chemicals legislation and increased consumer demand are driving innovation in the textiles sector. We talked with representatives of a group of textile SMEs from Italy and the second largest global clothing retailer H&M, to find out how they work to produce safer textiles.
A lot of the material used in buildings contains substances that may be harmful for human health or the environment. The construction sector has a great responsibility in making sure that these substances are phased out. We spoke with Ms Marianne Hedberg from the Swedish Construction Federation to learn about what Sweden is doing to make buildings safer.