ECHA consults on several substances
By Anne Eckstein | Thursday 28 June 2012
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has simultaneously launched three public consultations on the REACH Regulation and the six new proposals for harmonised classification and labelling (CLH)
The first consultation concerns its draft recommendation of ten new priority substances to be included in the authorisation list, and he second concerns harmonised classification and labelling of reproductive toxicity. The third consultation is on new CLH proposals for five biocides/pesticides and nitric acid.
The consultation on the new priority substances was launched on 20 June and will close on 19 September. It concerns the following substances: formaldehyde, oligomeric reaction products with aniline (technical MDA); arsenic acid; dichromium tris(chromate); strontium chromate; potassium hydroxyoctaoxodizincatedichromate; pentazinc chromate octahydroxide; bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether (diglyme); N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAC); 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC); 2,2’-dichloro-4,4’-methylenedianiline (MOCA). The consultation on the CLH of epoxiconazole, a fungicide, opened on 21 June and ends on 23 July.
The third consultation, on the CLH of six substances which are active in biocide/pesticide products, which was also opened on 21 June, ends on 6 August and concerns: nitric acid, tricalcium diphosphide, flonicamid, octanoic acid, nonanoic acid and decanoic acid.
Furthermore, the ECHA recalls which substances are exempt from registration under REACH, ie substances listed in Annex VI as they present minimal risk (water, nitrogen); substances covered in Annex V (substances that exist naturally, such as minerals, ores and concentrates if they have not been chemically modified); substances already registered and recuperated in the EU, and substances already registered and exported then reimported in the EU.
On 28 June, the agency published a practical guide for downstream users on exposure scenarios, which offers advice for checking whether the uses and use conditions of a chemical substance are covered by exposure scenarios provided by suppliers with the safety data sheet. It includes advice on the action to take based on the outcome of this check. It also provides an overview of the main duties of downstream users with regard to exposure scenarios under REACH and the associated timescale. Lastly, the document includes advice on how and when to prepare a downstream user chemical safety report.
(1) See: www.echa.europa.eu