Latest chemicals news for Northern Ireland - updated 2 February 2023

Date published: 02 February 2023

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

Latest chemicals updates for Northern Ireland

Updated advice on testing nanomaterials 

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have released an updated appendix for nanomaterials, which provides guidance on how to obtain data under the new information requirements for nanoforms. This includes information on how to perform environmental testing and advice on preparation methods and testing strategies for physico-chemical testing of nanoforms.

The Partner Expert Group (PEG) members actively contributed to the update.

Please see the following link for more information:

Call for evidence: Investigation report on PVC and PVC additives

The European Commission has asked us to prepare an investigation report on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and PVC additives.

ECHA are requesting interested parties to submit any information they have related to some PVC additives and additives used in alternative plastics.

This call for evidence is open until 31 March 2023.

For more information please see the following link:

Testing proposal consultations launched

ECHA have launched 17 new consultations on testing proposals. The deadline for comments is 17 March 2023.

For more information please see the following link:

Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

ECHA are looking for comments on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for:

  • fosthiazate (ISO); S-sec-butyl O-ethyl (2-oxo-1,3-thiazolidin-3-yl)phosphonothioate (EC 619-377-3, CAS 98886-44-3)
  • tetra(sodium/potassium)7-[(E)-{2-acetamido-4-[(E)-(4-{[4-chloro-6-({2-[(4- fluoro-6-{[4-(vinylsulfonyl)phenyl]amino}-1,3,5-triazine-2-yl)amino]propyl} amino)-1,3,5-triazine-2-yl]amino}-5-sulfonato-1-naphthyl)diazenyl]-5- methoxyphenyl}diazenyl]-1,3,6-naphthalenetrisulfonate; [substance having a complex composition with <80% of the above constituents and other reaction side products]; Reactive Brown 51 (EC 466-490-7, CAS -)

The deadline is 31 March 2023.

For more information please see the following link:

ECHA adds nine hazardous chemicals to Candidate List

The Candidate List of substances of very high concern now contains 233 entries for chemicals that can harm people or the environment. Companies are responsible for managing the risks of these chemicals and must also give their customers and consumers information to use them safety.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added nine chemicals to the Candidate List because of their hazardous properties.

Consequences of the Candidate List Under REACH

Companies have legal obligations when their substance is included – either on its own, in mixtures or in articles – in the Candidate List.

Suppliers of articles containing a Candidate List substance above a concentration of 0.1 % (weight by weight) have to give their customers and consumers information to be able to use them safely. Consumers have the right to ask suppliers whether the products they buy contain substances of very high concern.

Importers and producers of articles will have to notify ECHA if their article contains a Candidate List substance within six months from the date it has been included in the list (17 January 2023). Suppliers of substances on the Candidate List, supplied either on their own or in mixtures, have to provide their customers with a safety data sheet.

Under the Waste Framework Directive, companies also have to notify ECHA if the articles they produce contain substances of very high concern in a concentration above 0.1 % (weight by weight). This notification is published in ECHA’s database of substances of concern in products (SCIP).

The Candidate List of substances of very high concern for Authorisation can be found at the following link:

New approach methodologies workshop: Towards an animal free regulatory system for industrial chemicals

31 May - 1 June 2023, Helsinki

ECHA are organising a workshop to discuss the critical needs for transitioning to an animal-free regulatory system. The goal is to bring together stakeholders and develop a shared understanding of the potential short- and long-term benefits of new approach methodologies. The workshop is part of ECHA`s commitment to support the transition to an animal-free regulatory system.

For more information please follow the link below:

Ad hoc consultation on the harmonised classification and labelling of silanamine

On 5 December 2019, the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) adopted an opinion on silanamine1,1,1-trimethyl-N- (trimethylsilyl), hydrolysis products with silica; pyrogenic, synthetic amorphous, nano, surface treated silicon dioxide (HMDZ-treated SAS; EC 272-697-1, CAS 68909-20-6), concluding that the substance should be classified as STOT RE 2; H373 (lung) (inhalation) and Acute Tox 2; H330 via the inhalation route (ATE = 0.45 mg/L). 

New information has been provided by industry addressing the adopted classification for acute inhalation toxicity. Based on a request from the European Commission, ECHA's Executive Director gave the mandate to RAC to review the existing opinion in relation to the classification for acute inhalation toxicity.

All interested parties are invited to submit comments in direct relation to the subject of the Art. 77 ad hoc consultation by 6 February 2023. The comments will be published on ECHA website.

For more information please follow the link below:

Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

We are looking for comments on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for:

  • 3-iodo-2-propynyl butylcarbamate; 3-iodoprop-2-yn-1-yl butylcarbamate (EC 259-627-5, CAS 55406-53-6)

A combined format including the competent authority (renewal) assessment report prepared according to Commission Delegated Regulation (EC 1062/2014) and the proposal for an updated harmonised classification and labelling (CLH Report) according to the CLP Regulation has been used. For additional information, please see the following link:

Harmonised classification and labelling consultations - (ECHA website) 

The deadline for comments is 17 February 2023.
 

Consultation on proposed restriction of bisphenol A and other bisphenols

Germany has submitted a proposal to restrict the placing on the market of mixtures and articles containing bisphenol A, other bisphenols and bisphenol derivatives (BoSC – BPB, BPS, BPF and BPAF) with endocrine disrupting properties for the environment.

This consultation is open from 21 December 2022 to 22 June 2023 (23:59 Helsinki time).

Our scientific committees welcome early comments by 25 January 2023 to help them in the first discussion of the proposal in March 2023.

Consultations on harmonised classification and labelling

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

  • proquinazid (ISO); 6-iodo-2-propoxy-3-propylquinazolin-4(3H)-one (EC 606-168-7, CAS 189278-12-4)
  • dinotefuran (ISO); (RS)-1-methyl-2-nitro-3-(tetrahydro-3-furylmethyl)guanidine (EC 605-399-0, CAS 165252-70-0)

For these substances, a format combining the draft assessment report for the Plant Protection Products Regulation and the proposal for harmonised classification and labelling for the CLP Regulation has been used.
The Commission’s Guidelines on Active Substances and Plant Protection Products and the draft assessment report on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) consultation website provide additional information at the following links:

The deadline is 3 February 2023.

To give comments please see the following link to the ECHA website:

Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

ECHA is looking for comments on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for:

  • Melaleuca alternifolia, ext. [1] Melaleuca alternifolia, essential oil; tea tree oil [2] (EC 285-377-1 [1], CAS 85085-48-9 [1], CAS 68647-73-4 [2])

For this substance, a format combining the draft assessment report for the Plant Protection Products Regulation and the proposal for harmonised classification and labelling for the CLP Regulation has been used.

The Commission’s guidelines on Active Substances and Plant Protection Products and the draft assessment report on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) consultation website provide additional information:

The deadline for comments is 27 January 2023. To provide comments, please see the following link:

Webinar: Completeness check of REACH registration dossiers: what changes in 2023 and how you can prepare

The European Commission has revised some of the information requirements for registering chemicals under REACH (Action 1, Action 2). This webinar focuses on the new and amended completeness check rules brought by this revision to help you prepare a complete registration dossier. ECHA will also give you an overview of the process in general.

Completeness check will be aligned with the revised information requirements in May 2023, after the next major IUCLID release.

Join from home page on 8 February 2023 at 11:00 EET, GMT +2. No registration required.

Consultation launched on proposed restriction of medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) and other substances

ECHA have submitted a proposal to restrict the manufacture, use and placing on the market of substances, mixtures and articles containing medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) as well as other substances containing chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths ranging from C14 to C17 (EC -, CAS -) with PBT and/or vPvB properties.

This consultation is open from 21 September 2022 to 22 March 2023, 23:59 (Helsinki time).

ECHA`s scientific committees welcome early comments by 21 October 2022 to assist them in the first discussions of the proposal in November 2022.

Chromium VI authorisation: Information sessions for groups of applicants

Future applicants for authorisation may request a teleconference based information session (TIS) with ECHA to clarify regulatory and procedural issues related to the authorisation application process. 

As a high number of authorisation applications are expected for hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) uses in the coming years, ECHA will change the way they hold information sessions for these uses. In the future, ECHA will organise them for groups of several applicants.

If you have already an agreed date for an individual session, this will be organised as planned.

The first group session will take place on 15 February 2023, and more will be organised after that based on need. Future dates will be announced.

For other substances than Cr(VI), ECHA will continue to hold individual information sessions as requested.

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.

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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