Latest chemicals news for Northern Ireland - updated 29 September 2022

Date published: 29 September 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

Denmark, France, Germany and Ireland 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.

This call for evidence consultation has been extended until 31 October 2022.

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

For more information please see:

Commission decisions on applications for authorisation

The European Commission has granted an authorisation for the use of
4-(1,1,3,3-Tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated (4-tert-OPnEO)
(EC -, CAS -) to Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium NV (Review period expires on
4 January 2030).

For additional information please see the following link:

Testing proposals

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have launched 30 new consultations on testing proposals. The deadline for comments is 7 November 2022.

To give comments please see the following link:

New proposals to harmonise classification and labelling

Two proposals have been submitted for:

  • Pentapotassium bis(peroxymonosulphate) bis(sulphate) (EC 274-778-7, CAS 70693-62-8) by Slovenia
  • 2-[2-chloro-4-(methylsulfonyl)benzoyl]cyclohexane-1,3-dione;sulcotrione (ISO) (EC 619-394-6, CAS 99105-77-8) by Germany

For more information please see the following link:

Introducing new hazard classes – CLP revision

The European Commission is inviting feedback on a draft act that would introduce new hazard classes as part of its revision to the CLP Regulation.

The objectives of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation) are to ensure:

  • a high level of protection of human health and the environment
  • the free movement of substances, mixtures and certain articles

These objectives are fulfilled, inter alia, by establishing hazard classes and their criteria for classification of substances and mixtures at EU level. Article 53(1) of Regulation (EC) No?1272/2008 empowers the Commission to adjust and adapt Articles 6(5), 11(3), 12, 14, 18(3)(b), 23, 25-29 and 35(2) second and third subparagraph and Annexes I to VIII so as to bring them into line with technical and scientific progress.

The need to insert new hazard classes and their criteria into the CLP Regulation for its adaptation to technical and scientific progress has been recognised by its inclusion as one of the primary commitments under the chemicals strategy for sustainability, which is a building block of the European Green Deal, for the protection of consumers, vulnerable groups and workers from the most harmful chemicals and for the target of zero chemical pollution in the environment.

Experience and scientific knowledge gained in the identification of substances under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 assubstances of very high concern due to their endocrine disrupting properties highlight the need to introduce new hazard classes in Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment, says the EC.

Similar experience in the identification of substances with persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic properties (PBT) and very persistent, very bioaccumulative properties (vPvB) under Annex XIII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 has triggered the same need to introduce new hazard classes. Substances having probable serious effects on the environment due to their persistent, mobile and toxic (PMT) and very persistent, very mobile (vPvM) properties also require the introduction of the respective hazard classes. Based on deliberations and consultations of scientific experts, the criteria and accompanying hazard statements as laid down in the Annexes to this delegated regulation appropriately reflect the development of scientific knowledge in these fields.

The consultation is open until 18 October 2022.

Cancer-causing PAHs in clay targets need an EU-wide ban

ECHA`s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) supports the proposal to restrict polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in clay targets for shooting.

The restriction aims to prevent further environmental emissions of these toxic and very persistent substances that build up in humans and animals. Many PAHs are also known to cause cancer.

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.

Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling


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

  • barium bis[2-chloro-5-[(2-hydroxy-1-naphthyl)azo]toluene-4-sulphonate]; C.I. Pigment Red 53:1 (EC 225-935-3; CAS 5160-02-1); and 
  • fluoroethylene (EC 200-832-6; CAS 75-02-5)

Read more on the ECHA website at: 

The deadline is 18 November 2022, 23:59 (Helsinki time).

Are you an only representative? One month left to identify the non-EU manufacturers you represent

Only representatives must identify the non-EU manufacturers they represent and provide their contact information in REACH-IT by 14 October 2022.

Intention to restrict creosote and creosote-related substances 

France has submitted an intention to restrict the placing on the market and reuse of treated articles with creosote or creosote-related substances.
The restriction proposal is expected by 7 October 2022.

In June 2022, ECHA's committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) concluded that an earlier proposal for the same substances, submitted by France in February 2022, did not fulfil the requirements for a restriction report laid down in Annex XV of REACH.

Consultation on SEAC's draft opinion on restricting polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in clay targets for shooting

ECHA are looking for comments on SEAC's draft opinion concerning ECHA's proposal to restrict the placing on the market and use of substances containing PAHs in clay targets for shooting.

The deadline is 14 November 2022.

Have your say: 9 proposals to identify new substances of very high concern

The substances and examples of their uses are:

  • 4,4'-sulphonyldiphenol (bisphenol S; BPS) (EC 201-250-5, CAS 80-09-1). The substance is used for the manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products, textile, leather or fur, and chemicals.
  • Perfluoroheptanoic acid and its salts (EC -, CAS -). The substances are not registered under REACH.
  • Melamine (EC 203-615-4, CAS 108-78-1). The substance is used in polymers and resins, coating products, adhesives and sealants, leather treatment products, and laboratory chemicals.
  • Isobutyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (EC 224-208-8, CAS 4247-02-3). The substance is used in the manufacture of substances and in coating products, fillers, putties, plasters, modelling clay, and inks and toners.
  • Bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate covering any of the individual isomers and/or combinations thereof (EC -, CAS -). The substance is used as a flame retardant and as a plasticiser for flexible polyvinylchloride and for use in wire and cable insulation, film and sheeting, carpet backing, coated fabrics, wall coverings and adhesives.
  • Barium diboron tetraoxide (EC 237-222-4, CAS 13701-59-2). The substance is used in paints and coatings.
  • Reaction mass of 2,2,3,3,5,5,6,6-octafluoro-4-(1,1,1,2,3,3,3-heptafluoropropan-2-yl)morpholine and 2,2,3,3,5,5,6,6-octafluoro-4-(heptafluoropropyl)morpholine (FC-770) (EC 473-390-7, CAS -). The substance is used in articles, by professional workers (widespread uses), in formulation or re-packing, at industrial sites and in manufacturing.
  • 2,2',6,6'-tetrabromo-4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (tetrabromobisphenol-A; TBBPA) (EC 201-236-9, CAS 79-94-7). The substance is used as a reactive flame retardant and as an additive flame retardant in the manufacture of polymer resins, in products such as epoxy coated circuit boards, printed circuit boards, paper and textiles.
  • 1,1'-[ethane-1,2-diylbisoxy]bis[2,4,6-tribromobenzene] (EC 253-692-3, CAS 37853-59-1). The substance is not registered under REACH.

To view the consultation and give comments please follow the link below:

The deadline for comments is 17 October 2022.

Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

We are looking for comments on harmonised classification and labelling proposals for penconazole (ISO); 1-[2-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)pentyl]-1H-1,2,4-triazole (EC 266-275-6, CAS 66246-88-6).

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 deadline is 21 October 2022.

For more information please see the following links:

Investigation on polyvinyl chloride

The European Commission has requested the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to collect information on the potential risk to human health and the environment from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) additives and PVC itself, including aspects relating to the circular economy.

ECHA will also look into the impacts on society of a possible restriction and the need for EU-wide action beyond any measures already in place.

The results of the investigation are expected by May 2023. Based on these, the Commission may ask ECHA to prepare a REACH restriction proposal.

For more information please see the following links:

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:

Consultations on applications for authorisation


ECHA are looking for comments on 11 applications for authorisation and one review report covering 16 uses of:

  • chromium trioxide (EC 215-607-8, CAS 1333-82-0) - used in different chrome plating processes and for passivation of eloctrolytic tinplates;
  • sodium dichromate (EC 234-190-3, 10588-01-9) - used for passivation of electrolytic tinplates; and
  • bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether (EC 203-924-4, CAS 111-96-6) - used as a solvent in the manufacture of an active pharmaceutical drug.

The deadline for comments is 12 October 2022.

You can give comments at the link below:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

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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