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Friday, October 19, 2018



Consumer information on chemicals in articles by IT –tools

Consumer information on chemicals in articles by IT –tools

On 1st September 2017, LIFE AskREACH project started.
This project was co-funded by the Administration of Latvian Environmental protection fund and the European Union under the LIFE+ Financial Instrument with the Grant Agreement  No. LIFE16 GIE/DE/000738.  It has a total budget of almost 7 million euros and it is coordinated by German Environment Agency (UBA).


The aim of this project is to compile information regarding the presence of SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) in articles in order to develop a European Database of SVHCs and a Europe-wide smartphone app which will allow consumers to scan barcodes of articles to check whether they contain SVHCs.
According to Article 33 of the European Chemicals Regulation REACH, suppliers of articles containing SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) in a concentration above 0.1% (weight by weight) must provide information about the presence of these substances to the consumers in order to allow their safe use. It also determines the consumer’s right to request and obtain this information from a supplier within 45 days, free of charge.
Up to now, 20 partners participating in the LIFE AskREACH Project in 13 EU countries have been compiling information on the presence of SVHCs in articles through on-line surveys for consumers (until 31st July 2018) and for companies (until 30th September 2018).
The results of these surveys will help in the development of the previous mentioned European database of SVHCs and the smartphone app.
This project is expected to finish by 31st August 2020.


Europe -REACH


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

September 2018

Public consultation on SEAC draft opinion on restriction:
The draft opinion of the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis on the restriction proposal on the manufacturing, use, placing on the market and import of C9-C14 perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs), their salts and related substances (precursors), submitted by Germany in collaboration with Sweden is available
The deadline for comments is 19 November 2018

Submitted restrictions under consideration here

September 2018

New intentions for identification as a Substance of Very High Concern:

  • Undecafluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA) (EC 206-196-6; CAS 307-24-4) and its ammonium salt (APFHx) (EC 244-479-6; CAS 21615-47-4)
  • 2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane (EC 401-720-1; CAS 6807-17-6)
  • Fluoranthene (EC 205-912-4; CAS 206-44-0)
  • Benzo[k]fluoranthene (EC 205-916-6; CAS 207-08-9)
  • Pyrene (EC 204-927-3; CAS 129-00-0)
  • Phenanthrene (EC 201-581-5; CAS 85-01-8)

The deadline for comments is 19 October 2018

Consultation on proposals to identify Substances of Very High Concern here

September 2018

New substance evaluation conclusion published:

  • Octabenzone (EC 217-421-2; CAS 1843-05-6), evaluated by Italy


Click here for getting the conclusions

September 2018

Public consultation on 18 substances proposed for authorization

The deadline for comments is 5 December 2018

Click here for draft recommendations


Europe – CLP


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

September 2018

Public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling:

  • 7-oxa-3-oxiranylbicyclo[4.1.0]heptane; 1,2-epoxy-4-epoxyethylcyclohexane; 4-vinylcyclohexene diepoxide (EC 203-437-7; CAS 106-87-6). It is mainly used as a chemical intermediate and as a reactive diluent in epoxy resins

The deadline for comments is 19 October 2018

  • 2-phenoxyethanol (EC 204-589-7; CAS 122-99-6)

The deadline for comments is 16 November 2018

Public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling here

September 2018

The Poison Centres website has published further information about the notification portal and support pages for the industry

Click here for going to the European Poison Centres website

September 2018

Publication of 14 opinions for harmonised classification and labelling

Click here to access ECHA news

September  2018

Proposals to harmonise classification and labelling for:

  • Dimethomorph (ISO); 4-(3-(4-chlorophenyl)-3-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)acryloyl)morpholine (EC 404-200-2, CAS 110488-70-5)
  • 1,3-bis(isocyanatomethyl)benzene (EC 222-852-4, CAS 3634-83-1)
  • 1,3-bis(1-isocyanato-1-methylethyl)benzene (EC 220-474-4, CAS 2778-42-9)
  • 2,4,6-triisopropyl-m-phenylene diisocyanate (EC 218-485-4, CAS 2162-73-4)
  • 3,3'-dimethylbiphenyl-4,4'-diyl diisocyanate (EC 202-112-7, CAS 91-97-4)
  • 1,5-naphthylene diisocyanate (EC 221-641-4, CAS 3173-72-6)
  • 4,4'-oxydi(benzenesulphonohydrazide) (EC 201-286-1, CAS 80-51-3) from Germany
  • Tellurium dioxide (EC 231-193-1, CAS 7446-07-3) from the Netherlands
  • Tellurium (EC 236-813-4, CAS 13494-80-9) from the Netherlands
  • Tetrafluoroethylene (EC 204-126-9, CAS 116-14-3) from Ireland
  • 4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (EC 201-245-8, CAS 80-05-7)

The intention for a proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling for:

  • Dinotefuran (ISO); 1-methyl-2-nitro-3-(tetrahydro-3-furylmethyl)guanidine (EC -, CAS 165252-70-0) has been withdrawn

Intentions to harmonise classification and labelling for:

  • 6-[C12-18-alkyl-(branched, unsaturated)-2,5-dioxopyrrolidin-1-yl]hexanoic acid (EC N/A , CAS 1424148-94-6) from Austria
  • Toluene-4-sulphonohydrazide (EC 216-407-3 , CAS 1576-35-8) from Germany

Click here for the Registry of CLH intentions until outcome




GHS Non-animal testing methods project

GHS Non-animal testing methods project

As result of the last Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling (GHS) subcommittee meeting, the UN has made available a working draft - Non-animal testing methods for classification of health hazards.

This document describes skin irritation and corrosion testing using in vitro /ex vivo data and non-test methods, Tiered vs Integrated approach, Test method neutrality.

It is expected that this document will be finished within the next two years.




California Proposition 65 reformulations (September, 2018)


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

Clear plastic tips utilized on food skewer products


Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement

Out of court

Angle tongs


Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement

Out of court




California passes flame retardant bill AB2998

California passes flame retardant bill AB2998

On 7th September 2018, California’s flame retardant bill AB2998 was enrolled and presented to the Governor and expected to be signed into law in the near future.

From January 1, 2020, it is prohibited to sell or distribute in California any new juvenile products, mattresses, or upholstered furniture containing covered flame retardant chemicals or a constituent component at levels above 1,000 parts per million.

Covered flame retardant chemicals means any chemical whose functional use is to resist or inhibit the spread of fire including one of the following:

  • A halogenated, organophosphorus, organonitrogen, or nanoscale chemical
  • A chemical defined as a “designated chemical” in Section 105440 of the Health and Safety Code
  • A chemical covered in the Washington’s list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children

The following products are not covered in this ban:

  • Electronic components of juvenile products, mattresses, reupholstered furniture, upholstered furniture, or any associated casing for those electronic components
  • Upholstered or reupholstered furniture components other than those identified in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 19094
  • Thread or fiber when used for stitching mattress components together
  • Components of adult mattresses other than foam

For more information click here.




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