Latest chemicals news for Northern Ireland - updated 30 November 2022

Date published: 30 November 2022

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

Latest chemicals updates for Northern Ireland

Market consultation: new approach methodologies (NAMs)

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) promotes alternatives to animal testing and is now looking for service providers to work on NAMs.

ECHA has launched a preliminary market consultation to prepare a future procurement around services related to developing NAM-based tools and data to characterise and identify hazards of chemicals.

Reply to the consulation before the 6 January 2023 at the following link:

Testing proposals

ECHA has launched 18 new consultations on testing proposals. The deadline for comments is 12 January 2022.

There are currently 51 open consultations on testing proposals.

To give comments please see the following link:

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:

Consultations on applications for authorisation

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are looking for comments on 12 applications for authorisation covering 18 uses of chromium trioxide (EC 215-607-8, CAS 1333-82-0) used in functional chrome plating, functional chrome plating with decorative character, surface treatment of aluminium alloys, and etching of plastics.

The deadline is 11 January 2023.

For more information see the following link:

Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

ECHA are looking for comments on the proposals for:

  • 2-bromo-3,3,3-trifluoroprop-1-ene (EC -, CAS 1514-82-5)
  • 2,3-epoxypropyl o-tolyl ether (EC 218-645-3, CAS 2210-79-9)
  • 2-methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one hydrochloride; 2-methyl-2,3-dihydro-1,2-thiazol-3-one hydrochloride (EC 247-499-3, CAS 26172-54-3)
  • methyl oct-2-ynoate (EC 203-836-6, CAS 111-12-6)
  • flazasulfuron (ISO); 1-(4,6-dimethoxypyrimidin-2-yl)-3-(3-trifluoromethyl-2-pyridylsulfonyl)urea (EC 600-514-0, CAS 104040-78-0)

The deadline is 13 January 2023.

To provide comments please follow the link below:

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.

Restriction proposals for bisphenols and creosote available

ECHA have published restriction proposals for:

  • 4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A) as well as other bisphenols and bisphenol derivatives with endocrine-disrupting properties for the environment, prepared by Germany; and
  • creosote and related substances prepared by France.

The proposals will be evaluated by ECHA’s scientific Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC). Consultations will be opened after the committees agree that the proposals conform with the legal requirements for a REACH restriction proposal. The conformity check will take place during the November/December meetings of the committees.

All restrictions under REACH are decided by the European Commission together with the EU Member States.

Call for evidence: Investigation report on polyvinyl chloride and its additives

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are looking for information on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and its additives related to:

  • uses
  • EU volumes per use sector and end-use
  • end-of-life information per use
  • experimental/measured release and exposure information

This information will be used for the investigation report on PVC and its additives that the European Commission has asked us to prepare.

This call for evidence consultation is open until 6 January 2023
(23:59pm Helsinki time).

For more information please see the following links:

Call for evidence: screening report on six sodium perborates

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are looking for relevant information on the uses in products (articles), and release potential from articles of six sodium perborates. As required by REACH Article 69(2), ECHA are investigating whether the use of these substances in articles is adequately controlled, and if a restriction is needed.

The deadline for comments is 7 December 2022.

For more information please see the following links:

Testing proposals

ECHA have launched 34 new consultations on testing proposals. The deadline for comments is 12 December 2022.

There are currently 64 open consultations on testing proposals.

To give comments please see the following link:

Restriction process on certain cobalt compounds terminated – occupational exposure limit development continues

The European Commission decided to terminate the restriction process of certain cobalt compounds in April 2022. However, the Commission had asked our Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) for an opinion on the scientific relevance of occupational exposure limits (OELs) for cobalt and inorganic cobalt compounds. This work is ongoing and RAC is expected to adopt its opinion by the end of this year.

For more information please see the following links:

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:

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:

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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