SVHC in Articles Notification Reminder
On June 6th, 2012, ECHA reminded that producers and importers of
articles containing 20 SVHC substance included in the Candidate list in
December 2011 have to notify the agency by 19 June, if the concentration
is above 0,1 % w/w and the total volume of a substance per producer per
year is above 1 ton.
It should be noted that the December candidate list contains two new
entries on refractory ceramic fibres which were included since January
2010. A company that has already notified the presence of refractory
ceramic fibres in their articles does not need to make additional
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Commission adopts Communication on chemical cocktails
The European Commission has published the Communication presenting the
new approach of addressing potential risks associated with chemical
mixtures. The Commission will identify priority mixtures, ensure that
the different strands of EU legislation deliver consistent risk
assessments for such priority mixtures and will contribute to filling in
gaps in the scientific knowledge needed in their assessment.
The challenge is that the EU legislation targets specific groups of
substances which include plant protection products, biocides, cosmetics,
pharmaceuticals, veterinary medicines. The Commission will ensure that
priority mixtures are assessed in a co-ordinated and integrated manner
within these sector-specific legislations.
The Commission plans to tackle as well some of the data and knowledge
gaps to improve understanding of the mixtures to which people and the
environment are exposed.
The ultimate aim is to develop by 2014 technical guidances codifying
best practices for the assessment of priority chemical mixtures. By
2015, the Commission will draw up a report concluding on the progress
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The methodology of chemical cocktails will directly impact the way
specific chemical substances are treated in downstream legislation.
Early participation in the debates is a guarantee that your business
concerns are well addressed. Click here to see how EPPA can be help to you in this ever-changing
Poland wants to control four substances
Poland has informed the Commission that it wants to extend its control
over the production, marketing or use at work of a number of substances
including: 4-nitrobiphenyl (CAS 92-93-3), 2-naphthylamine (CAS 91-59-8),
benzidine (CAS 92-87-5), and biphenyl-4-amine (CAS 92-67-1) and its
salt as a substance on its own or substance in the other substances or
in mixtures in concentrations equal to or greater than 0.1% by weight.
Regarding companies producing, marketing or using the substances, they
will have to provide justification, the amount of a substance or mixture
consumed in a year, the use itself, the number of employees who may be
exposed to a substance or mixture, safety precautions and organisational
measures enacted to protect workers' health.
The notification will be subject to stakeholder consultations by 29 August.
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Eight SVHC proposals from Germany and Sweden
Germany and Sweden have notified to ECHA their plans to submit eight
Annex XV proposals for substances of very high concern in August.
The substances to be proposed by Germany are:
heptacosafluorotetradecanoic acid, pentacosafluorotridecanoic acid,
henicosafluoroundecanoic acid; and tricosafluorododecanoic acid.
Sweden is planning to submit dossiers for methoxy acetic acid, cadmium
sulphide, cadmium and cadmium oxide, based on the substances’
carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic properties.
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Commission publishes report on REACH overlaps
The Commission has published the REACH Review study assessing overlaps
between REACH and other relevant EU legislation. It provides 38 findings
with recommendations for action. It recommends amendments to
legislation, both to REACH and sectoral legislation, as well as
non-legislative options, such as the development of guidance documents
or Commission recommendations.
The report suggests setting up a database that would serve as an
inventory of all restrictions in place for particular substances as well
as revising legislation to remove duplications and inconsistencies.
The report notes that for substances exempted from all or part of the
REACH registration, including those used in medicinal products and
cosmetics or those registered as plant protection or biocidal products,
resulted in gaps in risk assessment. This is because the manufacturing,
formulation and waste management stages are not covered by the risk
assessment performed under sectoral legislation.
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