eNews - 30 April 2014







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

Biocidal Products Regulation

New BPR amendments enter into force

The amendments clarify a number of issues including market access conditions for treated articles and address a number of aspects of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) to give further clarification to the regulation that entered into application on 1 September 2013.

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ECHA next week

REACH-IT and R4BP 3 closed from 21:00 on 30 April until 10:00 on 2 May

ECHA will be closed for public holiday on 1 May

New CLH consultations launched on two pesticides

ECHA has started a 45-day public commenting period on the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for the pesticides pencycuron and benzovindiflupyr. Both substances do not yet have a harmonised classification.

Pencycuron is used as a fungicide on potatoes as a seed treatment, and the dossier submitter, the Netherlands, is proposing classification for environmental hazards. Benzovindiflupyr is proposed for use as a fungicide in the EU. The dossier submitter, France, is proposing classification for acute toxicity (via oral and inhalation routes) and environmental hazards. For both substances physical hazards, health hazards (except respiratory sensitisation) and environmental hazards will be open for commenting, and will be reviewed by the Committee for Risk Assessment. The deadline for submitting comments is the 13 June 2014.

Benzovindiflupyr is currently also in the approval process under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 concerning the placing on the market of plant protection products. A public consultation on the DAR will be launched in May 2014. ECHA encourages interested parties to participate in the EFSA consultation on benzovindiflupyr and to provide consistent comments under the two consultation procedures.

CLH consultations | EFSA consultation

General report 2013 - Facts and Figures summary published

The Facts and Figures summary for the General Report 2013 is now available on ECHA's website.

Facts and Figures summary

Amendment of Annex I to PIC applies from 1 May

The European Commission amended the list of chemicals subject to an export notification (Annex I) under the PIC Regulation on 21 February 2014. The amendment applies from 1 May 2014. N.B! Corrigendum published on 2 May

Official Journal


Ninth Stakeholders' Day – last chance to register

21 May 2014, Helsinki, Finland

Registration for the conference closes at midnight on 1 May. There are still a few seats left so register now to ensure your place. Participation to the conference is free-of-charge and coffee and lunch breaks will be offered by ECHA.

Register | Further information

Civil society representatives and ECHA discuss future priorities for substitution

10 April 2014

ECHA holds regular meetings with NGO representatives and civil society organisations to discuss common objectives and future cooperation. The fourth meeting of the NGO-ECHA platform covered how ECHA and the NGOs can work together to promote the substitution of hazardous chemicals. Read the meeting note for more information.

Meeting note | Further information

Webinar on Article 95 of the Biocidal Products Regulation

16 June, 11:00 - 13:00 Helsinki Time (EEST, GMT+3)

Article 95 of the Biocidal Products Regulation, which lists the active substances and product suppliers, is one of the last articles of the regulation but it is the starting point for companies to keep their biocidal products on the market. This webinar is intended to give an overview of the status of the preliminary list published by ECHA, on the data requirements and evaluation principles for the submitted dossiers and on the regulatory aspects.


Ongoing consultations

Start: 21 March 2014
Deadline: 5 May 2014
24 testing proposals

Start: 4 April 2014
Deadline: 19 May 2014
30 testing proposals

Start: 15 April 2014
Deadline: 30 May 2014
34 testing proposals

Start: 29 April 2014
Deadline: 13 June 2014
19 testing proposals

Identification of substances of very high concern

No ongoing consultations

Draft recommendation of substances for the Authorisation List

No ongoing consultations

Harmonised classification and labelling

Start: 18 March 2014
Deadline: 2 May 2014
1 CLH proposal

Start: 25 March 2014
Deadline: 9 May 2014
1 CLH proposal

Start: 29 April 2014
Deadline: 13 June 2014
2 CLH proposals


Start: not set
Deadline: 30 April 2014
1 call for evidence

Start: 17 December 2013
Deadline: 17 June 2014
1 restriction proposal

Start: 19 March 2014
Deadline: 19 September 2014
2 restriction proposals

Applications for authorisation

No ongoing consultations

Biocides consultation

Start: 11 April 2014
Deadline: 10 June 2014
1 consultation

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