e-News - 13 November 2013



ECHA e-News is a weekly update from the European Chemicals Agency
13 November

ECHA initiates eight-week public consultations on applications for authorisation for bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

ECHA has received seven applications for authorisation for uses of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and now invites interested parties to submit relevant information on alternatives to these uses.

The eight-week public consultations close on 8 January 2014 (23.59 Helsinki time) but contributions are welcome as soon as possible.

Press release | Consultations

ECHA next week

3rd MSCA Director's meeting
19-20 November 2013

5th meeting of the ECHA-Stakeholder Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios (ENES 5)
21-22 November 2013

2nd PIC Regulation Workshop
21-22 November 2013

Consultation to add carcinogenicity to existing CLH of 1,2-dichloropropane

ECHA has started a 45-day public commenting period on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposal for 1,2-dichloropropane. The substance is generally used as an intermediate in the synthesis of chlorinated chemicals and has been used in solvent based cleaning products and paint thinners. The CLH report, submitted by Dow Deutschland, proposes adding a classification for carcinogenicity to the existing Annex VI entry. The public consultation opened on 8 November 2013 and the deadline for submitting comments is 23 December 2013.


Use chemicals safely at work – new section on ECHA's website

ECHA launched dedicated pages for workers with practical information and examples how REACH, CLP and the BPR can enhance their health and safety at work. This is part of an ongoing project with ECHA's Accredited Stakeholder Organizations to develop more content for the website. The new website section for workers is the outcome of co-operation with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). It was launched at the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces Summit in Bilbao (11-12 November).

Link to website

One new intention for harmonised classification and labelling has been added to the Registry of Intentions

The new substance is isobutyl methacrylate.


ECHA's annual stakeholder survey launched

On 11 November 2013, ECHA's sent out its annual stakeholder survey measuring its stakeholders' and members' level of satisfaction relation to the Agency's work. The recipients are invited to participate and offer their perspectives on working with the Agency, which will help the Agency to adapt and improve its support in the coming years.

The survey will remain open until 29 November 2013.


Deadline: 18 November
3 testing proposals

Deadline: 5 December
4 testing proposals

Identification of substances of very high concern

No consultations currently ongoing

Draft recommendation of substances for the Authorisation List

No consultations currently ongoing

Harmonised classification and labelling

Deadline: 25 November
1 CLH proposal

Deadline: 13 December
2 CLH proposal

Deadline: 23 November
1 CLH proposal


Deadline: 15 December
1 call for evidence

Deadline: 18 March 2014
2 restriction proposals

Applications for authorisation

Deadline: 8 January 2014
16 consultations

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