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

Feasibility of EU chemicals legislation database

ECHA evaluates feasibility of developing a database summarizing EU legislation for individual chemicals; updates on transparency efforts, future goals

Public consultation on Swedish nano-registry

Swedish Chemicals Agency held public consultation on proposed register for nanomaterials; nano-industry association advises against Swedish registry and promotes ECHA nano-observatory

7 steps to identify EDCs

New ECETOC report presents step-by-step guidance for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals; complements EDC guidance developed by ECHA and EFSA and focuses on weight-of-evidence approach

EU Member States will evaluate 22 chemicals in 2017

ECHA adopts updated Community Rolling Action Plan for 2017-2019; 22 substances to be evaluated in 2017, of which 7 are relevant for food contact materials

ECHA extends data access

ECHA publishes data on 15,000 chemicals registered under REACH; including physical-chemical properties and toxicological data; database available for download

ECHA committees agree on restriction of 4 phthalates

ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis support proposal to ban endocrine disrupting phthalates DEHP, DBP, DIBP, and BBP in various articles; all 4 substances relevant for food contact materials

SIN list updated

ChemSec adds 50 new substances to SIN List; includes latest additions to REACH Candidate List as well as newly classified carcinogens, mutagens, or reprotoxicants

Toxicological data missing in REACH registration dossiers

ECHA publishes 2016 REACH evaluation progress report; compliance checks reveal lack of sufficient chemical safety data in majority of evaluated registration dossiers

ECHA verifies REACH registration dossiers

ECHA manually checks completeness of over 1,500 substance dossiers; information on data waiving, substance identity, testing proposals, and chemical safety reports need improvement