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Thursday, October 3, 2019

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Europe

 

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

28-08-2019

New substance evaluation conclusions published:

 

Community rolling action plan here

03-09-2019

Public Consultation of the 22nd update of Candidate List:

 

  • 2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4'-morpholinobutyrophenone (CAS number: 119313-12-1)
  • 2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one (CAS number: 71868-10-5)
  • Diisohexyl phthalate (CAS number: 71850-09-4)
  • Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts (CAS number: - )

Substances of Very High Concern identification here

09-09-2019

The new SCIP database will contain information on SVHC substances in articles. Implementation schedule:

 

  • Autumn 2019: launch of a user test group and a stakeholder workshop at ECHA (preliminary date 12 November)
  • Early 2020: launch of the prototype version of the database
  • July 2020: deadline for Member States to transpose the legal requirements into national law
  • 5 January 2021: notification duty kicks in for industry

Click here for ECHA news

09-09-2019

Notification to World Trade Organization:

 

Draft Commission Regulation amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

 

This draft Regulation relates to an update of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH) on requirements for safety data sheets (SDS):

 

  • Alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), 6th and 7th revisions, most prominently in Sections 9 (Physical and chemical properties) and 14 (Transport)
  • Alignment with the provisions of Annex VIII (on emergency health response) to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP), in particular in relation to the Unique Formula Identifiers (UFIs) assigned to hazardous mixtures, in Section 1 (Identification)
  • Alignment with the new provisions for nanoform substances, adopted on 3 December 2018 through the revision of REACH Annexes I, III, and VI-XII to REACH (Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1881), in Sections 1 (Identification), 3 (Composition/information on ingredients) and 9 (Physical and chemical properties). In addition to the above three main changes, a number of smaller amendments are proposed to the text, related to recent developments in the Commission's approaches to risk management of chemicals, such as on endocrine disruptors. Application of the amended Annex is deferred to 31 December 2022 to allow stakeholders sufficient time to adapt and achieve compliance

G/TBT/N/EU/680

12-09-2019

Updated ECHA’s chemicals database with more information on properties of concern and nanoform substances

ECHA’s chemicals database

16-09-2019

Notification to World Trade Organization:

 

Draft Commission Regulation amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards diisocyanates

 

G/TBT/N/EU/681

18-09-2019

SEAC adopted its final opinion on the proposal for restricting eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in granules and mulches used, for example, in synthetic turf pitches and playgrounds

 

The restriction proposal lowers the total concentration limit of eight PAHs to 20 mg/kg (0.002 % by weight)

 

Click here for ECHA news

 

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

28-08-2019

Harmonised classification and labelling proposals for:

 

 

The deadline is 25th October 2019

 

 

The deadline is 22nd November 2019

Harmonised classification and labelling public consultations here

28-08-2019

New Intentions to harmonise classification and labelling:

 

Registry of CLH intentions until outcome here

14-09-2019

The European Commission will proceed with the classification of titanium dioxide as a carcinogen

 

This substance placed on the market in inhalable powder form will have to be labelled as carcinogenic, with a pictogram and hazard statements to be included on the label of the packaging

Registry of CLH intentions until outcome here

23-09-2019

The European Commission is working to adopt an act which postpones the compliance date to submit information on hazardous chemical mixtures for consumer use to European poison centres from 1st January 2020 to 1st January 2021

Poison centre news here

 

Proposal for the restriction of skin sensitizing substances in textile, leather, fur and hide

 

As already announced in our Eurofins News Flash June 2019 edition, on 24th April 2019, ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) published a restriction proposal for skin sensitisers in textiles and leather articles.

Read more >>

 

New Draft Amendments for RoHS

 

The European Commission published the following notifications to World Trade Organization about RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (non-exhaustive):

 

Notification number / Link

Country

Title

G/TBT/N/EU/678

Europe

Draft Commission Delegated Directive amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, Annex IV to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for lead as a thermal stabiliser in polyvinyl chloride used in certain in-vitro diagnostic medical devices for the analysis of blood and other body fluids and body gases

G/TBT/N/EU/679

Europe

Draft Commission Delegated Directive amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for the use of cadmium and lead in plastic profiles in electrical and electronic windows and doors containing recovered polyvinyl chloride

 

France

 

Final version of Second national Strategy report on endocrine disrupting chemicals

 

On 3rd September 2019, France published the second national strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) which explains the plan from 2019 to 2022.

 

Click here for getting the second national strategy in French.

 

Germany

 

Update of AfPS PAH Guide

 

Recently, the German Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) published the new Updated AfPS Guide (AfPS GS 2019:01 PAK) for testing and evaluation of PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic hydrocarbons) under GS Mark.

 

The main changes compared to the current still valid AfPS GS 2014:01PAK, are the following:

 

  • The scope of categories 1, 2a and 3a has been extended to "use by children".
  • The list of PAHs has been shortened from 18 to 15 PAHs. Acenaphthylene (CAS No. 208-96-8). Acenaphthene (CAS No. 83-32-9), and fluorene (CAS No. 86-73-7) have been removed from the substance list.
  • The term "Gefährdungsbeurteilung (risk / hazard assessment)" has been replaced by the term" Risikobeurteilung (risk assessment)".

 

When the GS mark is awarded, this new version must be applied from 1 July 2020 (including current procedures completed after 1 July 2020).

 

Existing GS mark certificates remain valid.

 

UK

 

Preparations for BREXIT

 

The next 1st November 2019 will be the withdrawal date in which UK will leave the European Union.

 

On 4th September 2019, the European Commission published the report COM/2019/394 final:

 

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE, THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS AND THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK.

Finalising preparations for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 1 November 2019.

 

This report indicates the current situation of chemical substances. Only 52% of concerned REACH registrants had transferred their registrations to the EU by mid-August 2019.

 

The European Chemicals Agency advices that the chemical products have to follow verified with their suppliers in regulatory compliance by 31st October 2019. The ‘Brexit window’ in REACH-IT will remain open until 31st October 2019.

 

According to this report:

 

The European Chemicals Agency opened a ‘Brexit window’ in REACH-IT allowing registrants to take the necessary steps to transfer their REACH registration ahead of the withdrawal date. The Brexit window will remain open until 31 October 2019. As regards REACH authorisations, UK authorisation holders, UK applicants for authorisation and UK downstream users that supply substances or mixtures in the EU27 as part of existing supply chains are urged to take the necessary steps to ensure regulatory compliance for their EU27 downstream users. In turn, EU27 downstream users of UK registrants, UK authorisation holders, UK applicants for authorisations and UK downstream users are advised to verify with their suppliers that the relevant products will be in regulatory compliance by 31 October 2019 and take measures of their own as appropriate, making use of available guidance . Regulatory compliance is critical to continue placing chemicals on the EU market from the withdrawal date”.

 

Click here for getting the Brexit: Chemicals industry guidance from UK Health and Safety executive website.

 

US

 

Amendment for formaldehyde standards

 

On 21st August 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final rule of Technical Issues; Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products.

 

Its aim is to amend the formaldehyde standards and align the final rule requirements with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCM) Phase II program.

 

It was effective on August 21, 2019.

 

Click here for getting the official publication in Federal Register.

 

US Company Penalised $500k for Formaldehyde Rule Violation

 

Recently the US EPA has taken its first enforcement action for violations of TSCA formaldehyde standards for composite wood products.

 

Formaldehyde is found in resins used in the manufacture of composite wood products such as hardwood plywood, particleboard and medium-density fiberboard which may cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat and even cause cancers if high level exposed.

 

The settlement fined New Jersey company with $544,064 due to importing noncompliant composite wood cabinets. The company has agreed to take corrective actions to comply with the formaldehyde regulations.

 

New EPA proposals for low-priority substances 

 

On 13th August 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to designate the following 20 chemical substances as Low-Priority Substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA):

 

Chemical Name

CAS

1-Butanol, 3-methoxy-, 1-acetate

4435-53-4

D-gluco-Heptonic acid, sodium salt (1:1), (2.xi.)-

31138-65-5

D-Gluconic acid

526-95-4

D-Gluconic acid, calcium salt (2:1)

299-28-5

D-Gluconic acid, .delta.-lactone

90-80-2

D-Gluconic acid, potassium salt (1:1)

299-27-4

D-Gluconic acid, sodium salt (1:1)

527-07-1

Decanedioic acid, 1,10-dibutyl ester

109-43-3

1-Docosanol

661-19-8

1-Eicosanol

629-96-9

1,2-Hexanediol

6920-22-5

1-Octadecanol

112-92-5

Propanol, [2-(2-butoxymethylethoxy)methylethoxy]-

55934-93-5

Propanedioic acid, 1,3-diethyl ester

105-53-3

Propanedioic acid, 1,3-dimethyl ester

108-59-8

Propanol, 1(or 2)-(2-methoxymethylethoxy)-, acetate

88917-22-0

Propanol, [(1-methyl-1,2-ethanediyl)bis(oxy)]bis-

24800-44-0

2-Propanol, 1,1'-oxybis-

110-98-5

Propanol, oxybis-

25265-71-8

Tetracosane, 2,6,10,15,19,23-hexamethyl-

111-01-3

 

Click here for more information from EPA website.

 

Standards Updates

 

Below a summary table with some recent ASTM standards updates:

 

Reference

Title

ASTM D6803 - 19

Standard Practice for Testing and Sampling of Volatile Organic Compounds (Including Carbonyl Compounds) Emitted from Architectural Coatings Using Small-Scale Environmental Chambers

ASTM D5157 - 19

Standard Guide for Statistical Evaluation of Indoor Air Quality Models

 

US | Illinois

 

New requirements for thermal paper

 

On 26th August 2019, the HB 2076 bill (Act 101-0457) was signed with the aim to regulate bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper.

 

This bill prohibits BPA in paper for marking business or banking records. It considers "thermal paper" as paper with Bisphenol A added to the coating. It will take effect on 1st January 2020.

 

Note: Thermal paper containing recycled materials or manufactured before January 1, 2020, is exempt.

 

US | New Hampshire

 

Flame retardants ban in furniture and carpeting 

 

On 3rd September 2019, New Hampshire Governor signed Bill SB193 into law which bans sale or import of upholstered furniture containing more than 0.1% of flame retardants or their mixtures.

Read more >>

 

US | New York

 

Cancellation of the New York Cleaning Products Ingredient Disclosure Program

 

On 27th August 2019, The State of New York Supreme Court published a decision which invalidates the "Household Cleansing Product information Disclosure Program" issued by respondent New York State Department of Environmental Conservation due to not following appropriate administrative procedures.

 

The disclosure programme is null and void. In order to reissue it, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will either need to appeal the decision in court or proceed through the traditional rulemaking process, in accordance with the State Administrative Procedures Act (SAPA).

 

Click here to read the document.

 

US | Washington

 

Substitute Senate Bill 5135

 

The Departments of Ecology and Health has opened the working group “Safer Products for Washington” to implement Chapter 70.365 RCW (Revised Code of Washington) and the substitute Senate Bill 5135. It is an act relating to preventing toxic pollution that affects public health or the environment.

 

The first set of priority chemical classes that were identified in the law are:

 

  • Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances
  • Phthalates
  • Organohalogen flame retardants and flame retardants identified in RCW 70.240.010
  • Phenolic compounds
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls

 

This project is divided into four phases:

 

2019: Identify Priority Chemicals

2020: Identify Priority Products

2022: Determine regulatory actions

2023: Rulemaking

 

US | California

 

Proposes to amend toxics limits in recycled glass packaging

 

Recently, a bill SB 232 was enrolled and presented to the California’s Governor which temporarily increases allowable total heavy metal limits in recycled glass packaging.

 

The Toxics in Packaging Prevention Act prohibits a person from offering for sale in this state a package exceeding 100 ppm of total concentration levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, or hexavalent chromium.

 

However this bill, if signed into law, would increase to 200 ppm the allowable levels of total heavy metals in recycled glass packaging.

 

The exemption would be repealed on January 1, 2024.

 

Please click here for more information.

 

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/1517

US

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-4.B)

 

EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 17 chemical substances which are the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs)

G/TBT/N/USA/1525

US

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-5.B)

 

EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 6 chemical substances which are the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs)