ECHA Weekly - 14 March 2018

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Benefit from a faster processing of your REACH dossier

Submit your REACH 2018 registration dossier before the end of March and receive ECHA’s decision on your registration within three weeks. If you make your submission in April or May, it may take up to three months for you to get ECHA’s decision.

News release | REACH 2018 web pages
REACH-IT open 24/7

To help you prepare for the 31 May deadline, from 16 March onwards ECHA will keep the dossier submission and communication tool REACH-IT open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The tool may be closed on Monday mornings from 7:00 to 10:00 EET (Helsinki time) for scheduled maintenance.

Support through ECHA’s Helpdesk is available during ECHA’s business hours as usual.

REACH 2018
Tip of the week: Are your REACH tests going to be late for the registration deadline? Contact us!

If the tests results for your substance will not be available before the 31 May registration deadline, contact us as soon as possible and before submitting your dossier.
You can benefit from solution 10.3 of the Directors’ Contact Group (DCG) – a situation where data is not available by the registration deadline - provided that you have ordered the tests related to data required in annexes VII and VIII to REACH by 31 March. If this is your situation, contact us and you will receive instructions from us on what to do next.

If you are experiencing the above or any other exceptional difficulty in completing your registration in time, check if the solutions developed by the DCG would be of help! Keep in mind that you need to apply for a DCG solution as soon as possible to register before the registration deadline on 31 May.

DCG solutions

REACH 2018 webinars: last chance to register

Two REACH 2018 webinars are taking place in March. The first, covering last-minute advice to registrants, took place on 8 March and the presentations and video recordings are now available. The second one takes place tomorow 15 March and it is relevant to anyone preparing a REACH registration dossier. It focuses on manual checks performed by us as part of the completeness check and the most common failures. Register now to ensure your place.

REACH 2018: Completeness check – preparing a registration dossier and the most common failures | REACH 2018: Last-minute advice for registrants – webinar material
Advice on new non-animal test methods

We have published advice to registrants on how to use new in vitro methods for skin irritation and corrosion, serious eye damage, skin sensitisation and genotoxicity. All these endpoints are relevant for the REACH 2018 deadline. We want to remind registrants on their obligations to use in vitro methods to reduce the need to test chemicals on animals.

OECD and EU test guidelines (human health section)

Eight proposals to identify new substances of very high concern (SVHCs)

The substances and examples of their uses are:

  • octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) (EC 209-136-7) - used in washing and cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products and polishes and waxes;
  • decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) (EC 208-764-9) - used in cosmetics and personal care products, polishes and waxes, washing and cleaning products and textile treatment products and dyes.
  • dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6) (EC 208-762-8) - used in polishes and waxes, washing and cleaning products, and cosmetics and personal care products;
  • ethylenediamine (EC 203-468-6) - used in adhesives and sealants, coating products, fillers, putties, plasters, modelling clay, and pH regulators and water treatment products;
  • terphenyl hydrogenated (EC 262-967-7) - used as plastic additive, as solvent, in coatings/inks, in adhesives and sealants;
  • lead (EC 231-100-4) - used in metals, welding and soldering products, metal surface treatment products, polymers and heat transfer fluids;
  • disodium octaborate (EC 234-541-0) - used in antifreeze products, heat transfer fluids, lubricants and greases and washing and cleaning products;
  • benzo[ghi]perylene (EC 205-883-8) - not registered under REACH; normally not produced intentionally, but rather occurs as a constituent or impurity in other substances.

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

Give comments

Further substances assessed by authorities

The public activities coordination tool (PACT) has been updated with information on two substances that are undergoing hazard assessment or risk management option analysis by authorities.

Public activities coordination tool
Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

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

  • Octhilinone (ISO); 2-octyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one; [OIT] (EC 247-761-7; CAS 26530-20-1). It is an active substance mainly used in biocidal products (fungicide) to preserve industrial wood and it has an existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on the acute toxicity (all routes of exposure), skin corrosion/irritation, serious eye damage/eye irritation, skin sensitisation (including the revised specific concentration limit of 0.005 %), STOT SE (including EUH071), and hazardous to the aquatic environment hazard classes.
  • 3-(difluoromethyl)-1-methyl-N-(3',4',5'-trifluorobiphenyl-2-yl)pyrazole-4-carboxamide; fluxapyroxad (EC -; CAS 907204-31-3). It is an active substance (fungicide) used in plant protection products. It has no existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on selected physical hazards, human health hazards (except respiratory sensitisation and aspiration hazard) and environmental hazards.
  • Oxathiapiprolin (ISO); 1-(4-{4-[5-(2,6-difluorophenyl)-4,5-dihydro-1,2-oxazol-3-yl]-1,3-thiazol-2-yl}piperidin-1-yl)-2-[5-methyl-3-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-pyrazol-1-yl]ethanone (EC -; CAS 1003318-67-9). It is an active substance used as a fungicide in plant protection products. It has no existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on all physical, human health and environment hazard classes except the aspiration hazard and hazardous to the ozone layer.
  • m-bis(2,3-epoxypropoxy)benzene (EC 202-987-5; CAS 101-90-6). It is an industrial chemical used in the production of resins and rubbers and  it has an existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on the acute toxicity and carcinogenicity hazard classes.

The deadline for comments is 11 May 2018, 23:59 EET (Helsinki time).

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

This 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 in which the UFI can be used and you will have the chance to ask our experts any question you may have.

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Biocidal Products Committee concludes on two active substances in disinfectants

The committee adopted six opinions supporting the approval of two active substances for use in disinfectants. It also concluded on one application for Union authorisation.

News release | Annex

Want to keep using these substances in slimicides?

Companies have withdrawn their interest to get the following active substance and product-type combinations approved in the biocides review programme for use in slimicides (product-type 12):
  • sodium dichloroisocyanurate dehydrate (EC 220-767-7, CAS 51580-86-0);
  • troclosene sodium (EC 220-767-7, CAS 2893-78-9);
  • symclosene (EC 201-782-8, CAS 87-90-1).
Notify ECHA by 9 March 2019 to keep these substances in the approval process.

Upcoming deadlines

New common template for biocides assessment reports and CLH proposals

A common template for submitting assessment reports and proposals to harmonise classification on biocidal active substances is available for industry and authorities. The template aligns the two processes, as harmonised classification and labelling is crucial for the approval of biocides.

Board of Appeal
Decision on a data-sharing dispute published

Case A-014-2016 concerns a decision on a data-sharing dispute under the Biocidal Products Regulation. The Board of Appeal upheld the appeal and found that the Agency had made an error in its assessment of the parties’ efforts. The Agency failed to take into account the Appellant's efforts within the context of a contractual agreement between the parties. The agreement made data sharing dependent on the results of a chemical similarity assessment. The Agency’s decision was annulled and remitted to the competent body for re-examination.


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