Latest chemicals news for Northern Ireland - updated 26 May 2022

Date published: 26 May 2022

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Latest chemicals updates for Northern Ireland

New intention to identify a substance of very high concern

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have received an intention from Belgium (in cooperation with France) to identify 4,4'-sulphonyldiphenol (EC 201-250-5, CAS 80-09-1) as a substance of very high concern (SVHC).

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Committees’ opinions on restricting PFHxA available.

New proposal to harmonise classification and labelling

France has submitted a proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling of fluoroethylene (EC 200-832-6, CAS 75-02-5).

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Consultations launched for applications for authorisation

We have launched a consultation on 13 applications for authorisation covering 16 uses of:

  • chromium trioxide (EC 215-607-8, CAS 1333-82-0) used for etching and electroplating of plastics, in functional chrome plating, and in decorative/functional plating; and
  • trixylyl phosphate (EC 246-677-8, CAS 25155-23-1) used in closed systems as a hydraulic fluid

More information about the uses that authorisation is applied for, including the description of the functions of the substance, exposure scenarios, possible alternatives identified by the applicants, together with socio-economic information, is available on our website.

Comments can be submitted using a form on our website until 13 July 2022 (23:59, Helsinki time)

Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

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

  • N-1-naphthylaniline; N-phenylnaphthalen-1-amine (EC 201-983-0, CAS 90-30-2);
  • Dinitrogen oxide (EC 233-032-0, CAS 10024-97-2); and 
  • tetraphosphorus trisulphide; phosphorus sesquisulphide
    (EC 215-245-0, CAS 1314-85-8). 

The deadline for comments is 15 July 2022.

Consultation on BPF, BPAF and eight BPAF salts

Following a request from ECHA's Executive Director, ECHA is launching consultations to support the Member State Committee (MSC) in adopting an opinion on whether 4,4’-methylenediphenol (BPF) (EC 210-658-2, CAS 620-92-8), 4,4’-[2,2,2-trifluoro-1-(trifluoromethyl)ethylidene]diphenol ('BPAF') (EC 216-036-7, CAS 1478-61-1) and eight BPAF salts meet the criteria for endocrine disrupting substances for the environment, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO)/International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) (2002).

The deadline for comments is 20 June 2022.

Testing proposals

ECHA have launched 41 new consultations on testing proposals. The deadline for comments is 27 June 2022.

There are currently 67 open consultations on testing proposals.

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.

SME registrants: check your company size

If your company is micro, small or medium-sized, check that the company size you have claimed when registering your substance is correct and inform the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) if you realise that the size was declared incorrectly. This can help you save up to EUR 19 900. Remember to also upload the required documents supporting your claim in REACH-IT. If you notice you have reported your company size incorrectly, inform ECHA by 31 May 2022.

More information can be found on ECHA's website:

Assessments of two substance groups published

 Assessments of regulatory needs are now available for:

To get a list of the substances covered in each group and access the report, you can filter the list by group name.

Updated guidance for companies placing hazardous mixtures on the EU market

The revised Guidance on harmonised information relating to health emergency response (Annex VIII to CLP) clarifies the existing text and further explains how to use generic component identifiers.

European Commission advances work on restrictions of harmful chemicals

The European Commission has published its Restrictions Roadmap. The roadmap is an important step forward to provide detailed information on all ongoing work on future restrictions under REACH. 

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.

New proposals to harmonise classification and labelling

Three proposals have been submitted for:

  • methyldithiocarbamic acid (EC 205-632-2, CAS 144-54-7);
  • exo-(+/-)-1-methyl-4-(1-methylethyl)-2-[(2-methylphenyl)methoxy]-7-oxabicyclo[2.2.1]heptane
    (EC 402-410-9, CAS 87818-31-3); and
  • 1-[2-({[1-(4-chlorophenyl)-1H-pyrazol-3-yl]oxy}methyl)-3-methylphenyl]-4-methyl-1,4-dihydro-5H-tetrazol-5-one; metyltetraprole (EC -, CAS 1472649-01-6).

Registry of CLH intentions until outcome (echa.europa.eu)

Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

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

  • 2-phenylpropene (EC 202-705-0, CAS 98-83-9); and
  • Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium, extract from open and mature flowers of Tanacetum cinerariifolium obtained with supercritical carbon dioxide (EC 289-699-3, CAS 89997-63-7) and Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium, extract from open and mature flowers of Tanacetum cinerariifolium obtained with hydrocarbon solvents (EC 289-699-3,
    CAS 89997-63-7). For these substances, the combined format has been used. Additional information is available on ECHA website at the link below.

Harmonised classification and labelling consultations (ECHA website)

A consultation on the assessment report for pyrethrins as active substances in plant protection products is ongoing from 11 April 2022 on European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) website. Comments related to the CLH proposal should be provided to ECHA and those related to the assessment report to EFSA.

Please note that compositions and manufacturing processes of pyrethrins and chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium, ext. are the same. A potential alignment of names and identifiers among the two substances will be discussed during the peer review phase. The draft assessment report on EFSA's consultation web page (efsa.europa.eu) provides additional information.

The deadline is 24 June 2022.

Restriction dossiers for terphenyl, hydrogenated, N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAC) and 1-ethylpyrrolidin-2-one (NEP) submitted

Italy has submitted a proposal to restrict the use of terphenyl, hydrogenated (EC 262-967-7, CAS 61788-32-7) as a substance, in mixtures and articles or parts thereof.

The Netherlands has submitted a proposal to restrict DMAC (EC 204-826-4, CAS 127-19-5) and NEP (EC 220-250-6, CAS 2687-91-4).

These proposals will now be evaluated by ECHA’s scientific committees for Risk (RAC) and Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) and subject to a consultation to be launched after both committees agree on the reports' conformity.

Further information can be found on the ECHA website at the following link:

Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

ECHA is looking for comments on the proposals for:

The deadline for comments is 10 June 2022.

To provide comments please see the following link:

Commission decisions on applications for authorisation

The European Commission has granted four authorisations for uses of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxilated (4-NPnEO) (EC -, CAS -), (review period expiry dates are in brackets):

EU strengthens protection of workers from dangerous chemicals

The Council of the EU has given the go ahead to amend the carcinogens and mutagens directive, which is an EU law to protect workers from risks related to exposure to carcinogenic and mutagenic substances.

The revision will improve workers' protection by setting exposure limits for acrylonitrile and nickel compounds and lowering existing limits for benzene, says the Council. The directive will from now on also offer increased protection against reprotoxic substances, chemicals which may interfere with the human reproductive system. These substances were previously dealt with under a different law.

According to European Commission data, more than one million workers are exposed to acrylonitrile and nickel compounds and benzene, and 52% of occupational deaths in the European Union each year are due to cancer.

Reprotoxic substances

The limit values for 12 reprotoxic substances that are currently dealt with under another EU law will be transferred to the stricter carcinogens and mutagens directive. The directive will therefore be renamed the carcinogens, mutagens and reprotoxic substances directive, or CMRD.

Hazardous medicinal products

Healthcare workers who deal with carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic drugs, so called hazardous medicinal products, will receive better training on how to handle them safely. The new law stipulates that the Commission must issue guidelines on training, surveillance and monitoring of these products.

Action plan

According to the revised directive, the Commission has been tasked to present an action plan to achieve new or revised occupational exposure limits values for at least 25 substances, groups of substances or process-generated substances no later than 31 December 2022 and present legislative proposals, where appropriate.

Next steps

Member states have two years following the adoption date (3 March 2022) to comply with the agreed changes.

Background

In September 2020, the European Commission proposed a fourth update of the carcinogens and mutagens directive. The Council agreed its position on this proposed update on 25 November 2020 and reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on 15 December 2021, which was endorsed by the Council's Permanent Representatives Committee on 22 December 2021.

From the Council of the EU and the European Council March 2022.

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.

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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.

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Restriction proposed for creosote and creosote-related substances submitted 

France has submitted a proposal to restrict the placing on the market and reuse of treated articles containing creosote (EC 232-287-5, CAS 8001-58-9) and creosote-related substances. The evaluation of the proposal by our Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) will begin in April 2022. The proposal will be opened for a six-month consultation after the committees agree that it conforms with the requirements set in the REACH Regulation.

 

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