- Greetings from Helsinki
- Prepare your registrations for 2013 now
- Public perception of labels
- ECHA web section for downstream users in 22 languages
- Candidate List: Making progress
- Article 117: Cross-cutting elements of REACH and CLP
- Access to documents - ensuring transparency and confidentiality
- Committee for Socio-economic Analysis opinion on restrictions
- ECHA releases new web portal
- Survey of successful registrants
- Your feedback helps us to develop ECHA's News
- Extended One-Generation Reproductive Toxicity Study
- New Deputy-Chair for Management Board
- Highlights from the 22nd meeting of the ECHA Management Board
- The nature of ECHA's guidance
- Building up capacities
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Greetings from a very warm and sunny Helsinki where we've been enjoying yet another beautiful summer.
Ms Christel Musset, ECHA's Director of Registration, speaks in the following interview about how registrants are encouraged to already prepare for the 2013 deadline.
Can you remember what you were doing on 20 January 2009? To the average person this date may well be insignificant. Yet, the day is a cornerstone in the history of European chemicals legislation, as it marks a wideranging overhaul with the entry into force of Regulation (EC) no. 1272/2008 on the classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation), a directive which is to replace previous legislation on C&L and packaging for chemical substances and mixtures by 2015.
Companies using chemical substances either on their own or in mixtures, can now navigate ECHA's information for downstream users in 22 EU languages. The translated web pages guide companies in understanding their roles and obligations as downstream users under REACH.
news from echa
Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) is a new instrument introduced by the REACH Regulation that aims to promote substitution through safer alternatives, ensure the safe use of SVHCs and advance innovation.
Two reports, one on the operation of REACH and CLP and the other on alternatives to testing chemicals on vertebrate animals, were published on 30 June 2011.
During the first half of the year, ECHA received 49 requests for documents or information from the industry-owned dossiers. Last year, the total number rose to 107; at that time the requests mainly concerned guidance documents and administrative documents. The current tendency of targeting the requests to the content of the industry dossiers means that where industry dossiers are asked for, ECHA needs to strike a delicate balance between its duties related to transparency on the one hand and the protection of confidential information, including intellectual property rights, on the other, to ensure that the legal provisions governed by the Access to Documents Regulation and by REACH are met.
SEAC: "Restricting the use of dimethylfumarate (DMFu) in articles is justified from a socio-economic point of view".
The new REACH Information Portal for Enforcement (RIPE) provides inspectors with access to key information submitted by companies to ECHA.
In July 2011, ECHA conducted a survey with the companies that had successfully submitted a registration. The survey was launched to learn about the company experiences in conducting the registration and to identify areas in which the Agency could improve its communications with a view to the 2013 and 2018 deadlines.
According to the recent news readership survey the readers seem to be quite satisfied with the content of ECHA's Newsletter and weekly e-News. The survey was conducted in June 2011 with 273 responses to the questionnaire being received. We would like to thank all respondents for their time and effort. We are delighted to receive so much encouraging feedback and new ideas that help us to improve our communications to you.
The OECD adopted the extended one-generation reproductive toxicity study (EOGRTS) on 28 July as an OECD Test Guideline (TG) number 443. This new study extends the range of OECD toxicity studies and does not replace, for example, the two-generation reproduction toxicity study OECD TG 416, which is currently used in REACH, if testing is necessary for particular high tonnage substances.
ECHA's Management Board has elected Mr Martin Lynch as new Deputy- Chair for the next two years.
Mr Lynch has served on the Board since its inception and started in his new role on 1 July 2011. He comes from Ireland and is a career civil servant at the Irish Government's Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation.
In its 22nd meeting of 21-22 June, ECHA's Management Board elected a new Deputy-Chair. Other highlights were the selection criteria for stakeholder organisations, the adoption of the Agency's multi-annual work programme for 2012-14 and the challenges related to securing sufficient resources for the 2012 budget.
Within ECHA, Andreas Herdina heads the Directorate of Cooperation which also holds responsibility for managing the process of drafting and consulting new and updated Guidance documents for publication by the Agency. In this article, he provides his observations on a recurring point of discussion, namely the nature of ECHA's Guidance.
A Serbian delegation visited ECHA in June attending also a pre-accession seminar on cooperation. Director Jelena Cvetković, from the Serbian Chemicals Agency, outlines how the Republic of Serbia is reshaping its chemicals legislation to be ready for future membership of the EU.
Biocidal Products Committee:
26 February-1 March
Committee for Risk Assessment:
6-8 March and
Committee for Socio-Economic
Management Board meeting:
23-27 March (tentative)
Member State Committee:
20-24 April (tentative)