Restriction of 4 phthalates progressing

ECHA’s Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis issues final opinion in favor of banning endocrine disrupting phthalates DEHP, DBP, DIBP, and BBP in consumer articles; all 4 phthalates relevant for food contact materials

BPA recognized as human endocrine disruptor

ECHA Member State Committee identifies bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern because of its endocrine disrupting effects in humans, in addition to its reprotoxic properties

12 SVHCs added to REACH authorization list

EU Commission places 12 substances of very high concern on the Authorisation List of the REACH regulation; 3 substances relevant for food contact materials

EU observatory for nanomaterials now online

ECHA launches European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials website; provides information on nanomaterials on the EU market for consumers, workers, regulators, and scientists

ECHA: Guidance on REACH registration of nanomaterials

European Chemicals Agency publishes and updates several guidance documents for REACH registration of nanomaterials

New inventory of plastic additives

ECHA and Cefic work on generating inventory of plastic additives; release expected by end of summer 2017

Industry opposes listing BPA as SVHC

Trade association PlasticsEurope files court action against ECHA for including bisphenol A in the list of substances of very high concern

ECHA improves data access

ECHA structures publicly accessible data on chemicals according to lifecycle phases and availability of nanoform

Opinion: REACH authorizations hinder innovation

ChemSec discusses how authorization of toxic substances under REACH hurts innovation and promotion of safer alternatives

ECHA: 2016 SVHC roadmap report

ECHA releases annual report on progress in identifying substances of very high concern; calls on companies to improve REACH registration data to assess chemicals’ hazards and risks; will focus more on groups of structurally similar substances