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Chemicals | Monthly bulletin | January 2020

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

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Europe

 

Hazardous substances in articles database

 

In 2021, all companies (EU producers, assemblers, importers, distributors, etc …) who are placing products on the EU market need to provide information to Substance of Concern in Products (SCIP) database about any hazardous substances. The database has been created by European Chemical Agency (ECHA) with the sole purpose of gathering information that is necessary for achieving the objectives of the Waste Framework Directive - Article 9 in accordance with the European Chemicals Agency (REACH) Regulation - Article 33.

 

For more information about SCIP workshop, please click here.

 

The European Green Deal

 

On 11th December 2019, the European Commission published the following:

 

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, boosting the economy, improving people's health and quality of life, caring for nature, and leaving no one behind

 

Regarding chemicals, the aim is to work together to protect people and the environment against hazardous chemicals such as endocrine disruptors.

 

To achieve this, the European Green Deal aims to improve legislation, based on scientific evidence on the risk posed by these harmful substances and provide transparent information regarding these substances.

 

For more information click here.

 

Recent updates regarding REACH

 

The below table showcases a summary of the recent updates (non-exhaustive) regarding REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006:

 

Summary of main recent updates

Date

Subject

Link

27-11-2019

New substance evaluation conclusion published:

 

Substance evaluation – CoRAP here

04-12-2019

ECHA has published a list of over 21 000 REACH registered substances mapped in its 'chemical universe'

Please click here for more information on Mapping the chemical universe

03-12-2019

Updated guidelines two guidance for registering substances in nanoform

Please click here for more information

10-12-2019

The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its opinion on the restriction proposal on N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) adopted its opinion on the restriction proposal on siloxanes (D4, D5, D6)

Please click here for more information

 

Recent updates Regarding CLP

 

The below table includes a summary of the main recent updates (non-exhaustive) regarding CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008:

 

Summary of main recent updates

Date

Subject

Link

27-11-2019

Public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling:

 

The deadline for comments is 24th January 2020

Harmonised classification and labelling public consultations here

10-12-2019

The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) has adopted 10 opinions on harmonised classification and labelling, including opinions on eight active substances used in biocidal and/or plant protection products and two industrial chemicals

Please click here for more information

11-12-20019

Public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling:

 

  • Benfluralin (ISO); N-butyl-N-ethyl-α,α,α-trifluoro-2,6-dinitro-p-toluidine (EC 217-465-2, CAS 1861-40-1). For additional information on this active substance please consult the draft assessment report on EFSA's website
  • Melamine (EC 203-615-4, CAS 108-78-1)
  • Transfluthrin (ISO); 2,3,5,6-tetrafluorobenzyl (1R,3S)-3-(2,2-dichlorovinyl)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropanecarboxylate (EC 405-060-5, CAS 118712-89-3)
  • 4,4’-sulphonyldiphenol; bisphenol S (BPS; EC 201-250-5, CAS 80-09-1)

The deadline for comments is 7th February 2020

Harmonised classification and labelling public consultations here

11-12-2019

Intentions for a proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling:

 

A proposal has been submitted for:

 

Registry of CLH intentions until outcome here

 

11-12-2019

The Guidance on harmonised information relating to health emergency response - Annex VIII to CLP - is now available in 23 EU languages

To view the document in your own language, see the Guidance section on the ECHA website

 

Switzerland

 

Alignment of Swiss and European legislation for toys

 

On 5th November 2019, Swiss confederation published the Official Collection 2019 - 3367 with the aim to align the Swiss Toys Ordinance with the European Toy Safety Directive and entry 51 to Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

 

It came into effect on the 1st December, 2019.

 

Please click here to read the amendment in different languages (German, french and italian).

 

Turkey

 

Update KKDIK regulation

 

On 29th November 2019, The Official gazette published Regulation nº 30963 which contains an amendment to the Regulation of Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (KKDIK). The main takeaways are:

 

  • Addition of the following definitions in Article 4:
    1. Industrial Use: The use of a substance or mixture in industry
    2. Professional Use: The use of a substance or mixture outside the industry in areas such as education, health
  • The addition of a new entry number 67 to Annex-17 restricted substances list
  • Annex-XI was added to Annex-17 sub-annexes

This Regulation was implemented on the date of its publication.

 

US

 

California Proposition 65 Reformulations (December, 2019)

 

California Proposition 65 is the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, which has been effective for almost 30 years. Due to the implement of California Proposition 65, more and more court cases are settled to reduce the exposure of carcinogenic and reproductive chemicals by reformulating the consumer products containing such chemicals.

 

In order to keep retailers and manufacturers up-to-date, the highlights of the consent agreement are summarized as below:

 

Product

Chemical

Limit

Case No

Bath Tissue/ Toilet Paper

PCBs

ND

Out of court

 

International

 

Regulatory proposals notified to WTO

 

The below table summarises some recent notifications to World Trade Organization (non-exhaustive):

 

Notification number / Link

Country

Title

G/TBT/N/KOR/867

Korea

"Designation of Consumer Chemical Products subject to Safety Check, and Relevant Safety and Labeling Standards" (142 pages, available in Korean) - Comparative tables of old and new provisions (28 pages, available in Korean)

 

Proposed Consumer Chemical Products subject to Safety Check:

 

  • Safety standards for 3 products (red seal ink pads, correction fluids and tapes, fog fluid for performance)
  • Designate microplastic(microbeads) as a prohibited substance for detergent and laundry product group
  • Prohibit manufacturing/importing chemical products used in humidifier as a stock solution or added in humidifier water
  • Designate 5 damage-causing substances found in humidifier disinfectants as prohibited substances for a preservative-treated filter product