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Chemicals | Monthly bulletin | November 2019

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Europe

 

18 Substances are proposed to enter in the REACH Authorisation list

 

On 1st October 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the press release ECHA/PR/19/14

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New POPs

 

On 9th October 2019, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) announced the development of risk profiles for the following substances:

 

  • Methoxychlor (EC 200-779-9, CAS 72-43-5)
  • Dechlorane Plus® (EC 236-948-9, CAS 13560-89-9)

 

Because they fulfil the screening criteria as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). With these risk profiles, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) will decide if these substances will be included in the list of persistent organic pollutants in the Stockholm Convention.

 

ECHA’s news here.

 

Studies proposals for nanomaterials

 

On 15th October 2019, the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) published an article where indicates their search of topic suggestions for upcoming studies about nanomaterials.

 

The submissions are accepted by 15th January 2020.

 

More information here.

 

RoHS public consultation

 

On 13th September 2019, the European Commission opened a public consultation about Hazardous substances in electrical/electronic equipment – evaluation of restrictions.

 

The aim is to compile views on how the restriction of hazardous substances in electronic products works in practice.

 

Currently, the RoHS Directive restricts the use of ten substances: lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), bis(2 ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).

 

Click here for going to European public consultation.

 

Intention to restrict substances in disposable baby diapers submitted

 

On 9th October 2019, France submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) the restriction intentions about disposable baby diapers containing chemical/chemical groups, such as PAHs, Formaldehyde, dioxins, furans, PCBs,...

 

For more information, please click here.

 

Recent Updates Regarding REACH

 

Below table includes a summary of the main recent updates (non-exhaustive) regarding REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006:

 

Summary of main recent updates

Date

Subject

Link

26-09-2019

Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1390 of 31 July 2019 amending, for the purpose of its adaptation to technical progress, the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 laying down test methods pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

The Eur-lex publication here

25-09-2019

Public consultation launched:

 

Submitted restrictions under consideration here

19-09-2019

Publication of study on EU regulatory framework for characterizing and identifying “next generation” nanomaterials:

 

A state of play study of the market for so called “next generation” nanomaterials by the European nanomaterials observatory for nanomaterials (EUON)

Please click here for more information

20-09-2019

The General Court confirms Bisphenol A (EC 201-245-8, CAS 80-05-7) as an endocrine disrupter to human health and the Applicant failed to demonstrate legal or scientific error by ECHA

Judgment in case T-636/17 here

20-09-2019

The General Court confirms 1-bromopropane (nPB) (EC 203-445-0, CAS 106-94-5) shall be included in the Autorisation list ( ECHA’s Annex XIV)

Judgment in case T-610/17 here

02-10-2019

Submission of lead chromates restriction report postponed

Registry of restriction intentions until outcome here

03-10-2019

Call for evidence on possible restriction of lead in shot, bullets and fishing tackle until 16th December 2019

Current calls for comments and evidence here

 

Recent Updates Regarding CLP

 

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

14-10-2019

Public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling:

 

The deadline for comments is 13 December 2019

Harmonised classification and labelling public consultations here

07-10-2019

New proposal to amend CLP Regulation

 

COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/... amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures and correcting that Regulation

Document C(2019)7227

09-10-2019

Intentions for a proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling:

 

Proposals for harmonised classification and labelling:

 

Registry of CLH intentions until outcome here

 

Recent publications by European Commission

 

Below you will find a recent publication of the Official Journal of the European Union related to Chemicals:

 

Date

Reference

Title

11-10-2019

Document 32019R1701

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1701 of 23 July 2019 amending Annexes I and V to Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the export and import of hazardous chemicals

 

Regulatory proposals notified to European Commission

 

Below a summary table with some recent notifications to European Commission (non-exhaustive):

 

Country

Notification number / Link

Title

France

2019/510/F

Decree adapting the Public Health Code to European Union law concerning the placing on the market of chemicals

 

US | California

 

New substances listed under California Proposition 65

 

On 13th September 2019, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added six substances to the list of chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer for purposes of Proposition 65.

 

The substances are:

 

Chemical name

CAS number

2-amino-4-chlorophenol, and

95-85-2

2‑chloronitrobenzene

88-73-3

1,4-dichloro-2-nitrobenzene

89-61-2

2,4-dichloro-1-nitrobenzene)

611-06-3

N,N-dimethylacetamide

127-19-5

Para-nitroanisole

100-17-4

 

The official publication in OEHHA can be found here.

 

California Passes Metal-Containing Jewelry Law Amendment

 

On 27th September 2019, California’s governor signed SB 647 into law which revises California’s Metal-Containing Jewelry law with following main changes:

 

  • Adopting federal standards for lead content in children’s jewelry
  • New definition of age limit for children’s jewelry to be similar (but not identical) to the Canadian Children’s Jewelry Regulations (SOR/2018-82)
  • Establishing soluble cadmium for surface coatings on children’s jewelry
  • Strengthening the lead content limit for certain materials to align with those under entry 63 to Annex XVII of REACH in the European Union
  • The three categories of materials, Classes 1, 2 and 3 have been deleted and the specifications for body piercing jewelry remain unchanged

 

This amendment will become operative on 1st June 2020.

 

For more details please click here.

 

International

 

Regulatory proposals notified to WTO

 

Below a summary table with some recent notifications to World Trade Organization (non-exhaustive):

 

Notification number / Link

Country

Title

G/TBT/N/USA/1528

US

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Miscellaneous Coating Manufacturing Residual Risk and Technology Review

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing the results of a residual risk and technology review (RTR) of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Miscellaneous Coating Manufacturing (MCM NESHAP) facilities, as required by the Clean Air Act (CAA)

G/TBT/N/USA/1529

US

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Plywood and Composite Wood Products Residual Risk and Technology Review

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Plywood and Composite Wood Products (PCWP) to address the results of the residual risk and technology review (RTR) that the EPA is required to conduct under the Clean Air Act (CAA)

G/TBT/N/USA/1530

US

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Cellulose Products Manufacturing Residual Risk and Technology Review

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Cellulose Products Manufacturing to address the results of the residual risk and technology review (RTR) that the EPA is required to conduct under the Clean Air Act (CAA)

G/TBT/N/USA/1532

US

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paper and Other Web Coating Residual Risk and Technology Review

 

Proposed rule - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting the residual risk and technology review (RTR) of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the Paper and Other Web Coating (POWC) source category that is required under the Clean Air Act (CAA)

G/TBT/N/USA/1535

US

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-6.B)

 

EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for seven chemical substances which are the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs)