Category: European Commission (EC)

September 22, 2023

ECHA Enforcement Forum Publishes Advice on Enforceability on Restricting Creosote

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on September 13, 2023, that to improve transparency of the legislative process, its Enforcement Forum has decided to make its advice on the enforceability of Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation restriction proposals public. According to ECHA, Forum advice will from now on be available on ECHA’s website. The first published advice is on the proposal to restrict creosote and related substances in...
September 18, 2023

ECHA Begins Public Consultation on Six Proposals to Identify New SVHCs

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has begun a public consultation on six proposals to identify new substances of very high concern (SVHC). The substances, including examples of their uses, are: Comments are due October 16, 2023. If a substance is identified as an SVHC, it will be added to the Candidate List for eventual inclusion in Annex XIV of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation (the authorization list)....
September 12, 2023

SCHC 2023 Annual Meeting, September 30 – October 5, 2023, Arlington, VA

The Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) presents the 2023 Annual Meeting, covering worker safety, domestic and international regulatory compliance, toxicology and other chemical and physical hazards, environmental toxicology, and risk analysis. Karin F. Baron, MSPH, Acta’s Director of Hazard Communication and International Registration Strategy, and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, will present the Regulatory Jurisdiction Workshop on October 2, 2023. Ms....
July 1, 2023

Global Regulatory Update for July 2023

WEBINAR — Product Stewardship Practices For Effective Supply Chain Interaction, August 1, 2023, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT), Via Webinar: International compliance in today’s evolving regulatory arena presents challenges to organizations. This webinar, presented by Catherine M. Croke, DBA, Director of Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs, The Acta Group (Acta®); Lee A. Bowers, Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety, RPM International Inc. (RPM);...
June 30, 2023

ECHA Accepting Comment on Draft SEAC Opinion on Proposed MCCP Restriction Proposal

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is seeking comment on the draft opinion of its Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) concerning the restriction proposal for medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP) and other substances that contain chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range of C14 to C17. According to the Information Note on SEAC’s draft opinion, substances containing chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths from C14 to C17 are used in various sectors and in a broad...
June 28, 2023

Registration Now Open for “Preparing a PFAS Game Plan in the U.S., the UK, and the EU” Webinar

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (EDT)4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CEST) REGISTER NOW Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are attracting global legal, regulatory, commercial, and litigation attention as no other “emerging contaminant” has. Companies producing, processing, distributing, and/or using these substances must be aware of these global legal developments and take steps now to minimize legal, regulatory, and commercial risk. In the United States and globally, the number...
May 16, 2023

ECHA Calls for Evidence on Analytical Methods to Measure CMR Substances in Childcare Articles

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has begun a call for evidence on analytical methods to measure carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reprotoxic substances (CMR) in childcare articles. ECHA states that the European Commission (EC) has requested that ECHA prepare a report on CMRs in childcare articles. According to ECHA, this work will support the EC in the preparation of a restriction proposal for CMR 1A or 1B substances in childcare articles on the basis of Article 68(2)...
April 26, 2023

EC Publishes Report on Developing the Essential Use Concept

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton The European Commission (EC) has published a report entitled Supporting the Commission in Developing an Essential Use Concept. The report presents the outcome of a project to support the EC to define further the essential use concept and associated criteria to help phase out the most harmful chemicals. According to the abstract, the report investigates how the essential use concept could be implemented in European Union (EU)...
February 21, 2023

ECHA Announces Updates to Monomer and Polymer Guidance Following Board of Appeal Decision

On June 29, 2021, the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Board of Appeal (BoA) issued a decision on a compliance check case (A-001-2020) regarding registration obligations for polymer importers. ECHA rejected the adaptations by which the Appellant had sought to fulfill the standard information requirements for a sub-chronic toxicity study (Section 8.6.2. of Annex IX to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation), a pre-natal developmental...
January 31, 2023

ECHA Adds Nine Hazardous Chemicals to Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on January 17, 2023, that it has added nine chemicals to the Candidate List because of their hazardous properties. According to ECHA, the chemicals are used in flame retardants, paints and coatings, inks and toners, coating products, and plasticizers, and in the manufacture of pulp and paper. The chemicals are: Substance Name Reason for Inclusion Examples of Use(s) 1,1′-[ethane-1,2-diylbisoxy]bis[2,4,6-tribromobenzene] Very persistent and very...
January 23, 2023

ECHA Consulting on Harmonized Classification and Labeling for IPBC

By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is holding a public consultation on a harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) proposal for a biocidal active substance, 3-iodo-2-propynyl butylcarbamate; 3-iodoprop-2-yn-1-yl butylcarbamate (IPBC) (European Community Number (EC No.) 259-627-5, Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number® (CAS RN®) 55406-53-6). ECHA used a combined format, including the competent authority (renewal) assessment report prepared...
January 17, 2023

ECHA Receives “One of the Broadest” Proposals to Restrict PFAS under REACH

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on January 13, 2023, that the national authorities of Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden have submitted a proposal to restrict per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. ECHA will publish the detailed proposal, “one of the broadest in the [European Union’s (EU)] history,” on February 7, 2023. According to ECHA, the national...
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...
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,...
June 9, 2022

High Level Roundtable on the CSS Holds Third Meeting in May 2022

On May 18, 2022, the High Level Roundtable on the Implementation of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) held its third meeting. During the meeting, the European Commission (EC) provided an update on the state of implementation of the CSS. According to the written report, main achievements since the last meeting of the High Level Roundtable include: Promoting Safe and Sustainable-by-Design Chemicals: The EC proposal for an update of the Industrial Emission Directive was adopted...
May 2, 2022

EC Publishes Restrictions Roadmap, Prioritizing Group Restrictions for the Most Harmful Chemical Substances

On April 25, 2022, the European Commission (EC) published a Restrictions Roadmap under the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (Restrictions Roadmap) that provides detailed information on all ongoing work on future restrictions under the European Union (EU) chemical legislation. The Restrictions Roadmap prioritizes group restrictions for the most harmful substances to human health and the environment, as set out in the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (Strategy). According to the EC’s...
May 1, 2022

EC Updates EU REACH Information Requirements

By Lynn L. Bergeson The EC updated the European Union (EU) Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation on March 25, 2022, to clarify the information required by registrants of substances. Major changes include: Requirements and specific rules for adaptation of: In vitro and in vivo mutagenicity studies, specifying when further studies are needed based on mutagenicity concerns; Reproductive toxicity studies, specifying the preferred animal species and...
May 1, 2022

ECHA and EU Member States Conclude Assessment of Regulatory Needs on Group Assessment of Bisphenols

By Lynn L. Bergeson The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on April 6, 2022, that together with European Union (EU) member states, it has assessed a group of 148 bisphenols for risks to human health and the environment. Of these, more than 30 have been identified to have the potential for hormonal or reprotoxic effects. Some uses of these bisphenols include: Anti-oxidant for processing polyvinyl chloride (PVC); Epoxy resin hardeners; Textile, leather, paper and board;...
April 20, 2022

EP Committee Approves Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

The European Parliament (EP) Legal Affairs Committee announced on March 15, 2022, that it voted 22-1 in favor of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. According to the Committee, if agreed with European Union (EU) governments, the bill would “make businesses more accountable for their impact on people and the planet, while giving investors and the public access to comparable, reliable and easily accessible information on sustainability.” The European Financial Reporting Advisory...
March 8, 2022

EC Begins Public Consultation On Reducing The Release Of Microplastics Into The Environment

The EC announced on February 22, 2022, the launch of a public consultation on how best to reduce the amount of unintentionally released microplastics into the environment. According to the EC, the public consultation will support its initiative on Microplastics pollution – measures to reduce impacts on the environment, “a key deliverable of the Circular Economy Action Plan and the Zero Pollution Action Plan.” According to the EC, the consultation focuses on plastic pellets, synthetic...
March 8, 2022

EU Opens Consultation On Changes To REACH

On January 20, 2022, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation seeking comment on a proposed revision of the REACH regulation (No. 1907/2006). The consultation is the most extensive to date; it covers many elements of the legislation and, once changes are implemented, will have a significant impact on industry for the future. The consultation topics include: Revision of the registration requirements, including increased information requirements and establishing the obligation...