Latest chemicals news for Northern Ireland - updated 12 August 2022

Date published: 12 August 2022

The following news story provides information on Chemical Regulation in Northern Ireland

Latest chemicals updates for Northern Ireland

Call for evidence: skin sensitising substances in consumer mixtures

France, Ireland and Germany are requesting interested parties to submit information related to skin sensitising substances in consumer mixtures. The information gathered will be used to assess the need for regulatory actions on skin sensitisers in consumer mixtures.

The deadline for comments is 30 September 2022.

For clarifications, contact the German competent authority at the following email address:

For more information please see the following link:

Consultations on harmonised classification and labelling

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are looking for comments on proposals for:

  • 3-isocyanatomethyl-3,5,5-trimethylcyclohexyl isocyanate; isophorone di-isocyanate (EC 223-861-6, CAS 4098-71-9)
  • folpet (ISO); N-(trichloromethylthio)phthalimide (EC 205-088-6, CAS 133-07-3; index number 613-045-00-1)
  • 9-Octadecenoic acid (Z)-, sulfonated, potassium salts [1]; Reaction products of fatty acids, C18 (unsaturated) alkyl with sulfur trioxide, potassium salts [2]; 9(or 10)-sulphooctadecanoic acid, potassium salt [3] (EC 271-843-1 [1], - [2]; 267-966-5 [3]; CAS 68609-93-8 [1], - [2]; 67968-63-2 [3])
  • captan (ISO); 1,2,3,6-tetrahydro-N-(trichloromethylthio)phthalimide (EC 205-087-0, CAS 133-06-2)
  • 2-bromo-2-(bromomethyl)pentanedinitrile; [DBDCB] (EC 252-681-0, CAS 35691-65-7)

The deadline is 7 October 2022.

To give comments, please see the following link:

New proposals and intentions to harmonise classification and labelling

New intentions have been received for:

  • eugenol; 4-allyl-2-methoxyphenol (EC 202-589-1, CAS 97-53-0);
  • 2,3-epoxypropyl o-tolyl ether (EC 218-645-3, CAS 2210-79-9); and
  • Benzenamine, N-phenyl-, reaction products with 2,4,4-trimethylpentene; Reaction products of diphenylamine with nonene, branched (EC -, CAS -).

Two proposals have been submitted for:

  • methyl oct-2-ynoate (EC 203-836-6, CAS 111-12-6); and
  • dinotefuran (ISO); 1-methyl-2-nitro-3-(tetrahydro-3-furylmethyl)guanidine (EC 605-399-0, CAS 165252-70-0).

Registry of CLH intentions until outcome (ECHA website)

Restriction process terminated for creosote and creosote-related substances


France terminated the restriction process for creosote and creosote-related substances (EC -, CAS -) on 18 July 2022, according to Article 69(4) of REACH, as the proposal will not be resubmitted within 60 days of the notification of non-conformity.

France plans to resubmit a new intention in October this year.

More information at the link below:

Restriction dossier for medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP) submitted

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) submitted a proposal on 15 July 2022 to restrict the manufacture, use and placing on the market of substances, mixtures and articles containing medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP) and other substances that contain chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths ranging from C14 to C17 (EC -, CAS -).

The proposal will now be evaluated by ECHA’s scientific committees for risk assessment (RAC) and socio-economic analysis (SEAC) and will be subject to a consultation. The consultation will start after RAC and SEAC agree that the report is in conformity.

For more information please see the following link:

Workshop on implications of using trivalent chromium in functional plating with decorative character

10 October 2022

The workshop aims to gain an understanding on:

  1. how trivalent chromium is currently used in functional plating with decorative character, and to what extent borates are used in this process
  2. what the health and environmental implications of using trivalent chromium and borates in functional plating with decorative character are
  3. what sources are used to manufacture trivalent chromium and, in particular, the extent to which this is different from hexavalent chromium

The workshop will take place online, and the registration page will open soon. For more information please see the following link:

Workshop on implications of use of trivalent chromium in functional plating with decorative character - (ECHA website)

Registrants of substances with harmonised classification - update your dossiers

A second screening project to check companies are keeping their registrations updated will be launched soon. The project will focus on substances with a harmonised classification and labelling and will look at registrations where this information is not used correctly. Cases where incompliance is suspected will be passed to national enforcement authorities.

The results of ECHA’s first screening project, which focused on registrations of substances that are on the REACH Authorisation List, will be published next autumn.

These projects remind registrants of their obligation to keep their registrations up to date.

For more information please see the following link:

Consultation on the European Food Safety Authority's data on game meat intake and lead concentrations in game meat

ECHA are launching a three-month targeted consultation for stakeholders to provide comments and supporting evidence on two European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) datasets used by ECHA to assess the risks to human health from the use of lead in ammunition.

This consultation is open until 6 October 2022.

To provide comments please see the following link:

Assessments of substance groups published

New reports are now available for:

  • Esters from linear saturated dicarboxylic acids and branched aliphatic alcohols
  • Amphoacetate and amphopropionate derivatives of N-hydroxyethylimidazolines
  • Ethoxylated alcohol sulfates
  • Triphenylphosphite and its derivatives
  • Mono-, di-phenyl phosphites derivatives

To get a full list of the substances covered in the group you can filter the list by group name from the following website. Similarly you can search there if your substances are covered in any assessment of regulatory needs.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please use the following contact form:

New substance evaluation conclusions published

New documents are now available on ECHA`s website for:

  • 3,5,5-trimethylcyclohex-2-enone (EC 201-126-0, CAS 78-59-1), added to the (Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) list in 2013 and evaluated by France
  • reaction mass of 3-[(diphenoxyphosphoryl)oxy]phenyl triphenyl 1,3-phenylene bis(phosphate) and tetraphenyl 1,3-phenylene bis(phosphate) (EC 701-337-2, CAS -), added to the CoRAP list in 2020 and evaluated by France

For more information please see the following link:

Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

ECHA are looking for comments on the proposals for:

  • trimethyl phosphate (EC 208-144-8, CAS 512-56-1)
  • 2,3-epoxypropyl isopropyl ether (EC 223-672-9, CAS 4016-14-2)
  • barium chromate (EC 233-660-5, CAS 10294-40-3)

The deadline for comments is 2 September 2022. To give comments please see the following link:

Changes in the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) decisions for in vitro and in vivo requests to investigate chromosomal aberrations

At its June meeting, ECHA`s Member State Committee (MSC) agreed:

  • to remove the choice between the in vitro chromosomal aberration (CA) test and the in vitro micronucleus (MN) test for REACH Annex VIII data requirement, and request solely the in vitro MN test
  • to request the combined in vivo comet assay and MN test for substances with a chromosomal aberration concern identified in vitro, except for substances showing only aneugenic effects, for which an in vivo MN test must be requested - the MSC considered that substance-specific reasons could justify deviating from this generic principle
  • that centromere staining must be performed when the number of micronuclei is increased in the MN test, to investigate the mode of action (clastogenic and/or aneugenic) of the substance
  • that ECHA will require the appropriate investigation of target tissue exposure when requesting an in vivo MN assay, alone or combined with a comet assay

From September 2022, all new dossier evaluation draft decisions texts will follow the agreed approaches for in vitro and in vivo testing.

To view the Minutes of this meeting please see the following link:

Consultation on Socio-Economic Analysis Committee (SEAC) draft opinion on proposed restriction of lead in outdoor shooting and fishing

ECHA are looking for comments on the draft opinion of SEAC concerning the proposed restriction on placing on the market and use of lead in ammunition (for firearms and airguns) for outdoor shooting and in fishing sinkers and lures.

Outdoor shooting includes hunting and sports shooting. Military uses of ammunition as well as uses by police and border authorities are outside the scope of the proposal.

This consultation is open until 29 August 2022.

For more information please see the following link:

Consultations on restriction proposals

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are looking for comments on the proposed restriction of:

  • Terphenyl, hydrogenated (EC 262-967-7, CAS 61788-32-7)
  • N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAC) and 1-ethylpyrrolidin-2-one (NEP) (EC -, CAS -)

The commenting period is from 20 June 2022 to 20 December 2022.

ECHA`s scientific committees welcome early comments by 20 July 2022.

For more information please see the following link:

Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are looking for comments on harmonised classification and labelling proposals for:

  • 1,1-dichloroethylene; vinylidene chloride (EC 200-864-0, CAS 75-35-4)
  • 2-ethylhexanoic acid, monoester with propane-1,2-diol
    (EC 285-503-5, CAS 85114-00-7)
  • tetrahydrofurfuryl methacrylate (EC 219-529-5, CAS 2455-24-5)
  • bixlozone (ISO); 2-(2,4-dichlorobenzyl)-4,4-dimethyl-1,2-oxazolidin-3-one (EC -, CAS 81777-95-9),fFor this substance the combined format has been used (the Commission’s Guidelines on Active Substances and Plant Protection Products and the draft assessment report on EFSA's consultation page provide additional information)

For further information please see the following links:

The deadline for comments is 15 August 2022.

To give comments please see the following link:

Call for evidence: Skin sensitising substances in consumer mixtures

France, Ireland and Germany are requesting interested parties to submit information related to skin sensitising substances in consumer mixtures. The information gathered will be used to assess the need for regulatory actions on skin sensitisers in consumer mixtures.

The deadline for comments is 30 September 2022.

For clarifications, contact the German competent authority at the following email address:

For more information, please see the following link:

Consultation on Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) draft opinion

ECHA are looking for comments on the draft opinion of SEAC on a restriction proposal on the placing on the market or use of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (EC 204-450-0, CAS 121-14-2) in articles.

The deadline for comments is 15 August 2022.

For more information please see the following link:

Glyphosate: EFSA and ECHA update timelines for assessments

The consultations carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and ECHA on the draft assessments of glyphosate attracted an unprecedented number of comments, confirming the high level of interest in this substance. Such a level of public participation underlines the importance of transparency in the evaluation of active substances in the EU.

The additional information received will be thoroughly considered by the Assessment Group on Glyphosate (AGG), composed of four EU Member States – France, Hungary, The Netherlands and Sweden – that is now updating their initial draft renewal assessment report (dRAR).

Against this background, EFSA and ECHA have revised the timeline for the remaining steps in the re-evaluation process.

Only representatives must declare their non-EU manufacturers

Only representatives must identify the non-EU manufacturers they represent and provide their contact information by 14 October 2022. If you need to reorganise your REACH-IT accounts, new ECHA manual can help you.

Bisphenol A restriction report submission postponed

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have informed that 4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A, BPA) (EC 201-245-8,CAS 80-05-7) restriction report submission by Germany is postponed to 7 October 2022.

For more information please follow the link below:

Open invitation to notify potassium dimethyldithiocarbamate for approval in review programme

Companies have withdrawn their interest in getting potassium dimethyldithiocarbamate approved in the biocides review programme for use in fibre, leather, rubber and polymerised materials preservatives (product-type 9), preservatives for liquid-cooling and processing systems (product-type 11)  and slimicides (product-type 12).
 
Notify the European Chemicals Agency by 1 March 2023 to keep this substance in the review programme.

N,N-dimethylformamide restriction

The European Commission has published a regulation restricting N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) – an aprotic solvent used in many industrial applications in the EU. This decision follows the proposal of the Italian authorities and the opinion of the European Chemicals Agengy (ECHA) scientific committees.

The restriction starts applying from 12 December 2023. Some uses have been granted longer transition periods.

We expect that by lowering the levels of DMF at workplaces, 1300 - 2500 workers will be better protected from negative health effects, such as liver and developmental effects and reproductive harm.

For more information please see the following link:

 

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