ECHA Weekly - 8 May 2019

Intention to restrict oxo-degradable plastics withdrawn

On 8 May 2019, ECHA withdrew the intention to investigate the need for a restriction on oxo-degradable plastics. 
Intention to restrict oxo-degradable plastics withdrawn
The withdrawal comes after a Commission request following the adoption of the directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. The new legislation restricts the placing on the EU market of any product made from oxo-degradable plastics two years after the directive enters into force.

Registry of restriction intentions

Public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

ECHA is looking for comments on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for:
  • 2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethanol (EC 203-906-6; CAS 111-77-3).
  • pyridine-2-thiol 1-oxide, sodium salt; pyrithione sodium; sodium pyrithione (EC 223-296-5, 240-062-8; CAS 3811-73-2, 15922-78-8). It is an active substance mainly used in biocidal products as a preservative and disinfectant; and
  • methyl methacrylate methyl 2-methylprop-2-enoate; methyl 2-methylpropenoate (EC 201-297-1, CAS 80-62-6).
The deadline for comments is 5 July 2019, 23:59 Helsinki time.

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New proposals and intentions to harmonise classification and labelling

Four intentions for a proposal to harmonise classification and labelling have been submitted for:
  • 4,4'-[2,2,2-trifluoro-1-(trifluoromethyl)ethylidene]diphenol (EC 216-036-7, CAS 1478-61-1) by Sweden;
  • hydrogen sulphide (EC 231-977-3, CAS 7783-06-4) and benzyl alcohol (EC 202-859-9, CAS 100-51-6) by Germany; and
  • 1-phenylethan-1-one (1-phenylethylidene)hydrazone (EC 211-979-0, CAS 729-43-1) by France.
Three proposals to harmonise classification and labelling have been submitted for:
  • barium diboron tetraoxide (EC 237-222-4, CAS 13701-59-2) by Sweden;
  • cumene (EC 202-704-5, CAS 98-82-8) by Denmark; and
  • benfluralin (EC 217-465-2, CAS 1861-40-1) by Norway.
A proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling has been withdrawn for:
  • tritosulfuron (ISO) (containing ≤ 0.02 % 2-amino-4-methoxy-6-(trifluormethyl)-1,3,5-triazine); 1-[4-methoxy-6-(trifluoromethyl)-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl]-3-[2-(trifluoromethyl)benzenesulfonyl]urea (containing ≤ 0.02 % 2-amino-4-methoxy-6-(trifluormethyl)-1,3,5-triazine) (EC 604-291-0, CAS 142469-14-5) by Slovenia.
Registry of CLH intentions

Webinar: Using the IUCLID web interface for biocides submissions

15 May, 11:00–12:00 Helsinki time

Join our webinar to find out about the latest IUCLID web interface improvements and functionalities for biocides submissions. We will cover features such as the creation and navigation of a BPR dossier, the comparison tool, and the report generator.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the changes and to ask questions from our experts.



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Join us in Helsinki on 23 and 24 May 2019 at the 11th annual Helsinki Chemicals Forum, the leading independent forum aimed at promoting chemicals safety and management globally.


Helsinki Chemicals Forum
This year's topics and themes include:
  • risk management options for chemicals of concern;
  • grouping of chemical substances to avoid regrettable substitution;
  • how to measure the performance of different chemical management systems;
  • how to effectively stimulate the circularity of plastics; and
  • quality of and access to data on chemicals.
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