January 10, 2023

ECHA Begins Consultations on Proposed Restrictions of BPA and Other Bisphenols and Creosote and Creosote-Related Substances

On December 21, 2022, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) began two public consultations: Comments on the proposals are due June 22, 2023. ECHA states that comments submitted by January 25, 2023, will be used by the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) in their first discussions of the proposals in March 2023....
December 16, 2022

Register Now — Webinar: “Two Years Later: How Has the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability Changed REACH and CLP Regulations?”

On October 14, 2020, the European Commission adopted the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Strategy set into motion a series of remarkable actions by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) intended to transform the European Union (EU) into a sustainable and carbon neutral economy while improving protection of its people and the environment. The Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and the Classification, Labeling and Packaging (CLP) regulations...
December 6, 2022

Defra Will Propose Legislation to Extend UK REACH Deadlines for Three Years

As reported in our July 18, 2022, memorandum, in July 2022, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) began a public consultation on extending the UK Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) submission deadlines for transitional registrations — the registrations under UK REACH of substances that were registered in the European Union (EU) in accordance with EU REACH on or before December 31, 2020, the end of the Brexit transition...
November 16, 2022

ECHA Announces EU-Wide REACH Enforcement Project Will Focus on Imported Products

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on November 16, 2022, that the Enforcement Forum agreed that the next Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) enforcement project will investigate how companies fulfill the registration, authorization, and restriction obligations for products and chemicals they import from outside the European Union (EU). According to ECHA, the project will be done in 2023-2025 and “will require close cooperation between REACH...
November 4, 2022

UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee Seeks Stakeholder Views on Implementation of UK REACH

The Environmental Audit Committee of the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament announced on November 1, 2022, that it is planning an oral evidence session later in 2022 to examine progress in implementing UK REACH, which governs the registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemical products in England, Scotland, and Wales. The Committee plans to take evidence from representatives of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In advance...
November 3, 2022

ECHA Calls for Evidence on PVC and Its Additives

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has opened a call for evidence on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and its additives related to: Uses; European Union (EU) volumes per use sector and end-use; End-of-life information per use; and Experimental/measured release and exposure information. ECHA states that with this call, it seeks to obtain an understanding on the use volumes at the EU level per sector and for as many end-uses as feasible, but company-specific information is also welcome....
October 14, 2022

ECHA Announces Receipt of Restriction Proposals for Bisphenols and Creosote

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has received restriction proposals for: 4,4′-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A) and other bisphenols and bisphenol derivatives with endocrine disrupting properties for the environment, prepared by the German authority. The proposal would restrict the use as an additive and the content in articles (0.02 percent by weight); restrict content of residues (unreacted monomer) in articles and for imported goods (0.02 percent by weight); restrict the use of...
September 29, 2022

EC Begins Public Consultation on Draft CLP Amendment Concerning New Hazard Classes for Endocrine Disruptors, PBTs, vPvBs, PMTs, and vPvMs

On September 20, 2022, the European Commission (EC) began a public consultation on a draft delegated regulation that would amend Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) to add new hazard classes and their criteria. CLP would be amended to include hazard classes and criteria for: Endocrine disruptors; Substances and mixtures with persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) properties; Substances and mixtures with very persistent,...
September 21, 2022

ORs Must Declare Non-EU Manufacturers in REACH-IT by October 14, 2022

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently reminded only representatives (OR) that they must identify the non-European Union (EU) manufacturers that they represent and provide their contact information in REACH-IT by October 14, 2022. According to an April 24, 2022, news item, ORs must have a separate REACH-IT account for each non-EU manufacturer they represent and have the necessary registrations for each. The contact information that must be...
September 8, 2022

ECHA Proposes to Identify Nine Substances as SVHCs

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has begun public consultations on nine proposals to identify new substances of very high concern (SVHC). The substances and examples of their uses are: 4,4′-sulphonyldiphenol (bisphenol S; BPS): The substance is used for the manufacture of pulp, paper, and paper products; textile, leather, or fur; and chemicals. Perfluoroheptanoic acid and its salts: The substances are not registered under the Registration,...