ECHA conference and Helsinki Chemicals Forum

European Chemicals Agency hosts conference on current priorities for chemical regulations in the EU; annual international forum hosts multi-stakeholder discussions on risk management options, chemical grouping, plastics and circularity, and access to data

ECHA report maps chemical universe

First Integrated Regulatory Strategy report allocates registered chemicals into four pools; calls for optimizing data generation, reviewing still pending follow-up actions, improving quality of registration information

ECHA to prioritize REACH enforcement

European Chemicals Agency asks national enforcement agencies to prioritize enforcement of REACH evaluation decisions; proposes to review all dossier hazard data for substances above 1 metric ton by 2027

Resorcinol inclusion in CoRAP criticized

Guest column in Chemical Watch criticizes the inclusion of resorcinol in the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) for 2019-2021 to be assessed by France due to potential thyroid effects; points out to previously concluded evaluation by Finland, lack of remaining data gaps or new information to justify re-evaluation

GenX chemicals proposed as SVHCs

New Dutch proposal calls for review of GenX chemicals as substances of very high concern in the EU; commenting period open until April 29, 2019

ECHA adopts substance evaluation plan

Member states adopt community rolling action plan (CoRAP) and plan to evaluate 29 substances in 2019, some of which used in food contact materials

REACH data compliance needs improvement

European Chemicals Agency publishes annual REACH evaluation report; results show many chemical registrations continue to be missing key data

Plastic additives inventory published

ECHA and Cefic publish inventory of additives added to plastics in EU; identify 419 high volume substances with various functions

Updated QSAR toolbox

OECD updates QSAR toolbox software package, includes latest REACH registration data and new models

Too little regulatory follow-up in REACH

Report by NGO European Environmental Bureau finds over 70% of substances with completed REACH evaluations demonstrating concern for human health or the environment have not yet received any regulatory follow-up to manage risks