ECHA conclusions on siloxanes, PFHxS, formaldehyde

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) committees for socio-economic analysis (SEAC) and risk assessment (RAC) publish opinions, support restriction proposals on substances

ECHA launches EUCLEF legislation tool

Launch of new European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) tool aims to help small and medium enterprises more easily determine which EU legislation applies to chemicals; current version covers 40 pieces of legislation, 16 additional pieces to be added in 2021

ECHA considers placing 7 substances on authorization list

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launches public consultation to collect additional information on substances of very high concern (SVHCs); 6 are food contact chemicals, including dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)

Prototype of SVHC reporting database open for testing

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) releases prototype version of database, aims to help companies familiarize themselves with submitting notifications for substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in articles; final database to be launched in late 2020, become mandatory January 5, 2021

ECHA adds 4 SVHCs to Candidate List

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) adds 4 substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to candidate list for authorization, includes additive potentially used in food contact polymer production and perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts

ECHA to develop positive list for drinking water contact

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) tasked with creating list of substances approved for use in materials that contact drinking water; first draft expected to contain 1,500 substances, be adopted by 2024; substance approval will be time limited and subject to reassessment

ECHA committees adopt opinions on DMF, siloxanes

European Chemicals Agency committees for socio-economic analysis (SEAC) and risk assessment (RAC) adopt final opinions on restriction proposals for DMF, D4, D5, D6; opinions to be made publicly available soon

ECHA ‘maps’ REACH chemicals

European Chemicals Agency publishes ‘map of chemical universe’ assigning over 21’000 REACH-registered chemicals into regulatory action-based ‘pools’; the majority (86%) not yet evaluated

ECHA nanoform guidance documents

European Chemicals Agency publishes updated versions of two guidance documents for registration of substances in nanoform

Letter urges EU ministers to reject microplastics restriction

34 NGOs and alliances recommend environment ministers reject ECHA’s current proposed restriction on microplastics, cite concerns over exceptions included for biodegradable microplastics and exceptionally long transition periods