ECHA recommends 18 SVHCs for authorization

European Chemicals Agency recommends 18 substances of very high concern for addition to the authorization list, includes six food contact chemicals

EU moves forward with TiO2 carcinogen classification

EU Commission reported to soon propose classification of titanium dioxide in liquid and powder forms as category 2 carcinogen; EU Parliament and Council to have two months to review; will enter into force if no objections arise

ECHA proposal restricting N,N-dimethylformamide

European Chemicals Agency committees support proposal to restrict use of substance both alone and in mixtures with concentration of 0.3% or greater; public consultation on socio-economic analysis to begin soon, proposal expected to be adopted in December 2019

EU court confirms BPA as endocrine disruptor

General court upholds classification of bisphenol A as an endocrine disrupter; dismisses case brought by Plastic Europe against European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

EU proposes to restrict diisocyanates

European Commission submits draft regulation to World Trade Organization; plans to restrict diisocyanates above a total concentration of 0.1% by weight in products; restriction to be adopted in December 2019, come into force 18 months later

Information requirements for SCIP database

European Chemicals Agency sets information requirements for upcoming database on substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in products; requires name, concentration, location of SVHC in article; notification to be required from January 5, 2021

Over 200 substances now on SVHC list

European Chemicals Agency adds 4 new entries on the list of substances of very high concern (SVHC); substances potentially relevant for food contact materials

EU identifies four phthalates as endocrine disrupting

European Chemicals Agency identifies phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP as having endocrine disrupting properties; these substances already placed on Authorization List for being toxic to reproduction

ECHA adds database features

European Chemicals Agency releases features and improvements for chemicals database; updates provide links to relevant regulations and activities, REACH factsheets, nanomaterial data

Changes to REACH authorization process

European Chemicals Agency announces planned changes to the authorization process for chemicals under REACH; to require submission of substitution plans, revision of format for scientific committee opinions, standardize opinion texts