ECHA Weekly - 11 April 2018

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Registrants: get ready to comment on the 2017 substance evaluation draft decisions

ECHA is preparing to send out the draft decisions on information requests for 16 substances to registrants for comments. Because of the REACH 2018 registration deadline, draft decisions on 15 substances will be sent later than usual. The registrants will have 30 days to submit their comments.

How to avoid blocked IT tool accounts

It is advisable to have at least two users from your company as the Legal Entity manager. This will help ensure that there is a back-up in your company who can modify or add an account if there is an organisational change or personnel turnover.

Have a look at our updated manual that contains advice on how to sign up for an ECHA account and to gain access our IT tools (REACH-IT, ePIC, R4BP 3 and ECHA Cloud Services).

REACH 2018
Submit your inquiry successfully

Before submitting your inquiry dossier to ECHA, make sure that all the relevant information has been included. In addition to checking your dossier with the Validation Assistant in IUCLID, make sure that the identity of your substance and its composition (reported in sections 1.1 and 1.2 of IUCLID) are consistent and supported by the analytical data (attached in section 1.4. of IUCLID). This is key to successfully receiving your inquiry number.
Tip of the week
For UVCB substances, you need to report the description of the manufacturing process. Use the free text template for the field 'Description' in section 1.2 of IUCLID to guide you on how to fill in this information. More help is available on page 22 of the manual ‘How to prepare an inquiry dossier’.

Video: Planning to place a new substance on the EU market? Start by submitting an inquiry

Meet John. He is preparing to manufacture and place a new substance on the EU market. If you, like John, need to register your new substance with ECHA, you have to prepare and submit an inquiry to see if there is data already available or if someone else has already registered the same substance.

Watch our latest animation, where John explains what steps need to be taken to prepare an inquiry and where you can find more information.

Video | Inquiry
Inquiry animation
New IUCLID tutorials
Two new video tutorials are available for IUCLID:
  • How to report read-across using the analogue approach in IUCLID
  • How to report read-across using the category approach in IUCLID.

All IUCLID tutorials | Prepare your registration as a IUCLID dossier
REACH 2018 questions and answers - everything you want to know about registering successfully
19 April, 11:00-12:30 (Helsinki time)

Are you preparing to register for the 31 May 2018 REACH deadline? Do you have questions about preparing and submitting your registration dossier? Join our questions and answers session where you can ask our expert panel about all aspects of registration, from knowing your portfolio and finding your co-registrants to preparing and submitting your registration dossier.

Programme and registration

Access REACH 2018 support with one click

The quickest and easiest way to access all relevant support for the REACH 2018 deadline is to click on the blue banner on ECHA's homepage. The REACH 2018 web pages are a one-stop shop for material and links you need to successfully register by 31 May.

REACH 2018 web pages
ECHA's work on microplastics

Information on microplastics and the EU-wide restriction proposal under preparation is now available on our website.

The call for evidence on intentionally added microplastics is ongoing until 11 May. This call will gather information on all possible intentional uses of microplastic particles in products. The information received will be used to determine whether these uses pose a risk and to assess the socio-economic impacts of any potential restriction.

Hot topics: microplastics | Call for evidence

Q&As on the call for evidence on microplastics now available

The Q&A document addressing the questions asked during the information session on the call for evidence is available on our website. The information session was held on 12 March. If you missed it, you can have a look at our video recording of the session.

Q&As and recording | Call for evidence

Last chance to register: Tools to support substitution to safer chemicals
18 April, 15:00-16:30 (Helsinki time)

Only a week to go until our webinar on the tools available to support your substitution projects. Speakers include Joel Tickner and Molly Jacobs from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Emily Connor from Abt Associates and Jerker Ligthart from ChemSec. The presentations will feature examples of useful tools and resources, including the OECD substitution and alternatives assessment toolbox and the ChemSec marketplace.

Programme and registration

European Commission authorises one use of sodium dichromate

The European Commission has granted authorisation for the use of sodium dichromate (EC 234-190-3; CAS 7789-12-0; 10588-01-9) by Jacobs Douwe Egberts DE GmbH; Dr Otto Suwelack Nachf. GmbH & Co.KG and Européenne de Lyophilisation SA with a review period expiring on 21 September 2029.

Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

ECHA is looking for comments on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for the following substances:

  • 1,4-dioxane (EC 204-661-8; CAS 123-91-1) - An industrial chemical mainly used as a solvent in the manufacture of other chemicals and as a stabilizer in the transport of halogenated hydrocarbons. It has an existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on germ cell mutagenicity and carcinogenicity.
  • 5-chloro-2-methoxy-4-methyl-3-pyridyl)(4,5,6-trimethoxy-o-tolyl)methanone (Pyriofenone) (EC 692-456-8; CAS 688046-61-9) - An active substance used in plant protection products as a fungicide. It has no existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. For additional information on the substance, the draft assessment report is available on EFSA's website. Comments are invited on all physical, human health and environment hazard classes with the exception of respiratory sensitisation, aspiration hazard and hazardous to the ozone layer.
  • N-methoxy-N-[1-methyl-2-(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl)-ethyl]-3-(difluoromethyl)-1-methylpyrazole-4-carboxamide; pydiflumetofen (EC: -, CAS: 1228284-64-7) - An active substance used in plant protection products as a fungicide. The substance has no existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on the physical hazards; explosives, flammable solids, self-heating substances, oxidising solids, all human health (with the exception of aspiration hazard) and environment hazards.
    Please note that a combined format including the draft (renewal) assessment report prepared according to Regulation (EC) N° 1107/2009 and the proposal for harmonised classification and labelling (CLH Report) according to Regulation (EC) N° 1272/2008 has been used. For additional information, consult the Commission's 
    Guidelines on Active Substances and Plant Protection Products.
    For additional information on the active substance pydiflumetofen, consult the draft assessment report on
    EFSA's website.
  • flumioxazin (ISO); N-(7-fluoro-3,4-dihydro-3-oxo-4-prop-2-ynyl-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-6-yl)cyclohex-1-ene-1,2-dicarboximide (CAS 103361-09-7) - An active substance used in plant protection products as an herbicide. It has an existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI of the CLP. Comments are invited on toxicity to reproduction.

The deadline for comments is 8 June 2018, 23:59 Helsinki time (EET).

CLH public consultations
New intention to harmonise classification and labelling

A new intention to harmonise the classification and labelling has been received for:

  • flutolanil (ISO); N-[3-(propan-2-yloxy)phenyl]-2-(trifluoromethyl)benzamide; α,α,α-trifluoro-3′-isopropoxy-o-toluanilide (EC -, CAS number 66332-96-5).

Intention | Registry of all CLH intentions

Reminder: Poison centres - using the UFI for your products and mixtures
26 April, 11:00 – 12:00 (Helsinki time)

The webinar explains what the unique formula identifier (UFI) is and how it can be used. It also describes available tools and support for generating and using the UFI for hazardous and non-hazardous mixtures. We will give you practical examples of different ways for using the UFI and you have the chance to ask questions from our experts.

Programme and registration
Are you interested in Union authorisation for your biocidal product?

Our website gives an overview of the application deadlines until the end of 2019. Currently, 16 active substances have upcoming deadlines for different product-types.

Helsinki Chemicals Forum
There are currently no open vacancies

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