IUCLID updated with new …

IUCLID updated with new REACH information requirements

… for which the reduced information requirements do not apply. The latest update to the International Uniform Chemical Information Database (IUCLID) reflects the revised information requirements for the registration of chemicals under REACH. The updated formats and completeness checking rules help companies report on compliance with REACH requirements. Helsinki, May 22, 2023 – In 2021 and 2022, the European Commission clarified the REACH information requirements (Annexes VI to XI), further improving the safety and management …  <Read more>

Publication data on the development​ …

Publication data on the development of alternative methods for animal testing

… of alternative methods for animal testing. EFPIA and ECHA recently published additional information on the hazardous properties of 75 substances from 370 tests as IUCLID datasets. This more than doubles the amount of data originally available to the scientific community developing alternative test methods when the joint initiative began a year ago. A pilot project led by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) – supported by ECHA – has made …  <Read more>

ECHA removes the list of substances …

ECHA removes the list of substances

… for which the reduced information requirements do not applyThe list of substances expected to meet the criteria of Annex III of REACH has been removed from ECHA’s website. The list was created in 2016 to help registrants interpret the REACH Annex III criteria when preparing their registrations for the 2018 registration deadline. Since the deadline has passed and new information or predictive methods may have emerged since then, ECHA has decided …  <Read more>

ECHA advises on new hazard classes​​ …

ECHA advises on new hazard classes for substances and mixtures

… for substances and mixtures. On April 20, 2023, three new hazard classes for the classification, labeling and packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures will enter into force. ECHA has published information on application dates and related guidance. The hazard classes in sequence. The European Commission has updated the Classification, Labeling and Packaging Regulation with the following hazard classes: Endocrine disruptors (EDs) to human health …  <Read more>

Approval of active substances​

Approval of active substances

Active substances must be approved before an authorization can be granted for a biocidal product containing them. Active substances are first evaluated by an evaluating competent authority of a Member State. The results of these evaluations are forwarded to ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee, which issues an opinion within 270 days. The opinion serves as the basis for the authorization decision, which is made by the European  Commision. …  <Read more>

ECHA Recommends Eight Substances​ …

ECHA Recommends Eight Substances for REACH Authorization

… for REACH Authorization. To protect workers and the environment, ECHA is recommending that the European Commission add eight substances to the REACH authorization list. Lead is one of these substances. Once substances are added to the list, companies must apply for authorization to continue using them. ECHA’s 11th recommendation includes the following substances: Ethylenediamine; 2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde and its individual stereoisomers; …  <Read more>

The next IUCLID release has been postponed to May 22nd​

The next IUCLID release has been postponed to May 22nd

The next IUCLID release will include format changes and additional enhancements. The original release date was May 24. The new release date is May 22. The IUCLID team is currently working on the next IUCLID version. Over the past few months, the format changes and associated migration, as well as additional enhancements to the IUCLID software, have been implemented. However, in order to deliver the agreed …  <Read more>

ECHA reviews one-generation reproductive​ …

ECHA reviews one-generation reproductive toxicity studies and recommends best practices

and polymers guidelinesIn a review of 55 extended one-generation reproductive toxicity studies (EOGRTs), ECHA confirms their effectiveness in identifying substances of concern. Since their introduction as a REACH information requirement in 2015, EOGRT studies have proven effective in identifying substances of concern. The studies help clarify whether a substance has adverse effects on sexual …  <Read more>

European Coatings Show 2023: …

European Coatings Show 2023: Face to Face in Nürnberg!

… Face to Face in Nürnberg! After a long period of uncertainty, the prospects are now good for another edition of the Europea Coatings Show (ECS), which will be held as a face-to-face event in Nuremberg from March 28-30, 2023. The Coronavirus has had a deep impact on the whole world and on-site trade shows have not been possible for a long time. Now the prospects are good for a new edition of the European …  <Read more>

ECHA identifies certain brominated flame​ …

ECHA identifies certain brominated flame retardants as candidates for restriction

and polymers guidelines. ECHA has published its regulatory strategy for flame retardants. It identifies aromatic brominated flame retardants as candidates for EU-wide restriction. This would minimize human and environmental exposure to these persistent, potentially bioaccumulative and toxic substances. Persistent in the environment and potentially toxic. Aromatic brominated …  <Read more>

CLP EU vs. UK: What’s different​ …

CLP EU vs. UK: What's different and what can we expect?

… and what can we expect? Pending a full review of the EU CLP regulation before 2024, both regulations will continue to expand. When Brexit occurred three years ago, it impacted the regulatory relationship between the UK and the rest of Europe. For example, the CLP Regulation was transposed into UK law after Brexit. Importantly, the alignment of the CLP Regulation with UK territory has led to differences in hazard classification, …  <Read more>

Authorities and ECHA insist on​ …

Authorities and ECHA insist on compliance with authorisation obligations

… compliance with authorisation obligations. The Enforcement Forum’s EU-wide project to review REACH authorisation obligations has found that the majority of users – mainly small and medium-sized enterprises – already comply with the risk management authorisation obligation. Enforcement actions by authorities during the project are aimed at getting companies to comply. During this project, enforcement officials … <Read more>

ECHA is updating monomers …

ECHA is updating monomers and polymers guidelines

… and polymers guidelines. The decision of the Board of Appeal affected registration requirements for importers and measurements of monomers and polymers. On 29 June 2021, ECHA’s Board of Appeal (BoA) issued a decision on an audit audit (A-001-2020) regarding registration obligations for polymer importers. ECHA’s Guidance on Monomers and Polymers is being revised to coincide with …  <Read more>

New pharmaceutical IUCLID datasets …

New pharmaceutical IUCLID datasets support alternatives to animal testing

… support alternatives to animal testing. ECHA has published structured datasets in IUCLID for 348 approved pharmaceuticals with results from nonclinical animal studies and information on humans. The new datasets provide robust pharmaceutical information for industry and researchers in a structured format. They support toxicity assessment of structurally similar chemicals with the … <Read more>

ECHA adds 9 chemicals to REACH SVHC list

ECHA adds 9 chemicals to REACH SVHC list

What does it mean for you? On Jan. 17, 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added nine additional substances to the candidate list under Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). The chemicals are placed on ECHA’s candidate list if they are: carcinogenic, mutagenic and and toxic to reproduction (category 1A or 1B); …  <Read more>

European PFAS ban moves closer

European PFAS ban moves closer

he Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden have submitted a proposal to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to ban the production, marketing and use of PFAS. The ban on PFASs should be included in the European Union’s REACH regulation on chemical substances. ECHA will publish the detailed proposal, one of the most comprehensive in EU … <Read more>

ECHA wants evaluation of potentially …

ECHA wants evaluation of potentially hazardous cosmetic substances for CoRAP 2023 to 2025

… hazardous cosmetic substances for CoRAP 2023 to 2025. Jan. 10, 2023 – The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published the draft Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) consisting of 24 substances suspected of posing a risk to human health or the environment. Seven cosmetic ingredients have yet to be assessed. The cosmetic substances of concern are sodium benzotriazolylbutyl- … <Read more>

Reported trade of hazardous chemicals …​

Reported trade of hazardous chemicals increased after Brexit

Die gemeldete Menge von Chemikalien, die gemäß der Verordnung über die vorherige Zustimmung nach Informierung (PIC) aus der Europäischen Union (EU) exportiert und in diese importiert werden, ist im Jahr 2021 erheblich gestiegen, was hauptsächlich auf den Austritt des Vereinigten Königreichs zurückzuführen ist. Der jüngste Jahresbericht der ECHA über … <Read more>

Which chemicals are of concern?

Which chemicals are of concern?

Any chemical that can cause harm is considered hazardous. Certain chemicals can cause all sorts of damage ranging from mild skin irritation to cancer. They can also have a significant impact on the environment, i.e. air, water and soil, and affect plants and animals. A chemical can only harm our health or the environment if we are exposed to it. To protect ourselves from hazardous chemicals, we need to make sure … <Read more>

Is titanium dioxide carcinogenic or not?

Is titanium dioxide carcinogenic or not?

Since October 2021, titanium dioxide must be warned that it may be carcinogenic by inhalation. The European Court of Justice has now declared this classification invalid because this is not yet completely clear for this substance. On November 23, 2022, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) declared that titanium dioxide had been wrongly classified as a carcinogen by inhalation. The court annulled the corres- … <Read more>

ECHA opens consultation on hazards​

ECHA opens consultation on hazards and toxicity of tea tree oil

A consultation on the harmonized classification and labeling of tea tree, Melaleuca alternifolia extract and essential oil has been submitted by Poland to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for review. The country has submitted a proposal highlighting the hazardous effects of tea tree oil (TTO) on human health and toxic effects on aquatic life. Those with relevant  … <Read more>

Rodent traps can be effective …

Rodent traps can be effective in combating house mouse infestations

… in combating house mouse infestations. ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) considers that mechanical traps are suitable alternatives to anticoagulants for controlling indoor mouse infestations. However, their effectiveness is uncertain for other applications and target animals such as rats. The Committee also considered … <Read more>

Need help meeting Japan’s new SDS requirements?

Need help meeting Japan's new SDS requirements?

New Code of Practice published! 234 new substances subject to mandatory SDS and labeling requirements under ISHL. The Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) has published a guidance document to help companies comply with new SDS and labeling requirements under the revised ISHL. Although not an official document, it is considered “a high reference” because it was … <Read more>

Update of the ATEX regulations

Update of the ATEX regulations

The standards apply to working environments where there is a particular risk of explosion! To provide clarity, the European Commission has decided to publish in one law/document the new list of harmonized measures for equipment and protective systems in potentially explosive environments. Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/1668 of 28 September 2022 establishes new harmonized … <Read more>

REACH revision postponed under pressure from industry

REACH revision postponed under pressure from industry

Industry associations are putting pressure on European Commission members. Now the EU chemicals regulation REACH will not be revised – or not implemented at all – until the end of 2023. This could have major consequences for people and the environment. Business associations prevailed, the European Commission conceded. It has delayed the urgently needed revision of the previous … <Read more>

Banning PFAS in firefighting foams

Banning PFAS in firefighting foams

ECHA is submitting a proposal to restrict all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in firefighting foams. Firefighting foams containing PFASs have caused many cases of environmental contamination in the EU. Both in soil and in drinking water. All PFASs or their breakdown products are highly persistent and some are known to cause harm to human health or the environment. … <Read more>

SIAM acquires full ownership of …

SIAM acquires full ownership of LABORATORIOS ALMABE IDUQC in Murcia

LABORATORIOS ALMABE IDUQC in Murcia … As part of SIAM’s strategic growth and diversification plan, we have acquired ownership of LABORATORIOS ALMABE IDUQC. The acquisition concerns an independent laboratory founded in 2012 and located in the Murcia Science and Technology Park. LABORATORIOS ALMABE IDUQC provides analysis, physicochemical … <Read more>

EU regulations ban tattoo ink from January

EU regulations ban tattoo ink from January

The needle buzzes, the pain is irritating and at the end a dazzlingly colorful bird radiates from the freshly tattooed skin. Tattoos and the people who wear them are no longer uncommon. Whether simple symbols or slogans in the classic black-grey style, ie only in black, or colorful motifs that dance up and down the color palette. However, from January it can become quite drab … <Read more>

ECHA steps on the brakes

ECHA steps on the brakes

Risk Assessment Committee asked to consider new information on microplastics. Against expectations, in February the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) chose not to submit the opinion of its two subcommittees on microplastics to the European Commission for the time being. Why not and what does this mean for the future? When ECHA announced in mid-December that the Committee … <Read more>

ECHA imposes restrictions on the use of lead for …

ECHA imposes restrictions on the use of lead for outdoor shooting and fishing

… outdoor shooting and fishing. The European Chemicals Agency proposes further EU-wide restrictions on the use of lead in hunting and outdoor target shooting and fishing ammunition. The proposal aims to address the risks posed by lead in these activities in order to protect people, wildlife and the environment. At the request of the European Commission, … <Read more>

ECHA: Review of material registrations from UK suppliers


The European Chemicals Agency has asked European companies to check the substance registrations of their UK suppliers to ensure that these materials are also listed in the section for the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA). The transition period for Great Britain to leave the EU ends on … <Read more>

New EU database for pollutants from 2021:


Impulses for recycling management. ‘From January 5, 2021, information about products containing substances of very high concern that are placed on the EU market must be reported to the European Chemicals Agency,’ said environmental expert Axel Dick and occupational … <Read more>

Information and assistance with Brexit


The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is updating its IT tools and information on the UK’s departure from the EU. ECHA has updated its IT tools and information on the internet on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Includes questions and answers with advice for companies. End of transition period … <Read more>

The UK chemical industry is very concerned about the additional costs of Brexit


Since 2007, European chemical companies have been carefully building an extensive substance database at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki, in which all substances used in the EU are registered. There are fears that some chemicals that are still available today … <Read more>