Latest chemicals news for Northern Ireland - updated 28 June 2022

Date published: 28 June 2022


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

Latest chemicals updates for Northern Ireland

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:

New intention to identify a substance of very high concern

An intention has been received for melamine (EC 203-615-4, CAS 108-78-1).

For more information please see the following link:

New proposals to harmonise classification and labelling

A proposal has been submitted for 1-propene, 2-bromo-3,3,3-trifluoro-
(EC 627-872-0, CAS 1514-82-5).

Two proposals have been withdrawn for:

  • chlorpropham (EC 202-925-7, CAS 101-21-3)
  • reaction product of poly(oxy(methyl-1,2-ethanediyl)), αhydro-ω-((chlorocarbonyl)oxy)-, ether with 2,2-bis(hydroxymethyl)-1,3-propanediol with potassium 1,1-dimethylethylperoxalate Luperox JW(TP) (EC 445-060-2, CAS 203574-04-3)

For more information please see:

Testing proposals

ECHA have launched 29 new consultations on testing proposals. The deadline for comments is 1 August 2022.

There are currently 70 open consultations on testing proposals.

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:

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).

For more information please see the following link:

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).

To read more, please see the following link:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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:

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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