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

ECHA inspection: failures to communicate SVHCs in articles

European Chemicals Agency pilot enforcement project finds 12% of inspected articles contain substances of very high concern (SVHCs) with 88% of suppliers failing to sufficiently communicate to customers; calls for improved communication in the supply chain

ECHA proposes 74 chemicals for evaluation

European Chemicals Agency announces draft plan for EU Member States to evaluate 74 chemicals under the Community rolling action plan (CORAP) in years 2020-2022

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