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

NGO recommends REACH improvements

European Environmental Bureau publishes report reviewing the achievements, challenges, and recommendations following a decade of the EU’s chemical regulation REACH; calls for timely risk management of evaluated substances, improved transparency, and expanded registration checks

Pre-registration challenges in K-REACH

Consumer goods company Proctor and Gamble comments on challenges they face during registration under Korean chemicals legislation; highlights difficulty in obtaining data on chemical substances used and in joint registration of polymers

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

REACH socio-economic analysis criticized

NGO ChemSec publishes report criticizing implementation of socio-economic analysis under REACH; argues social costs are mostly ignored while applicants only consider their own finances; calls for policymakers to discuss improvements

REACH data compliance needs improvement

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

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

4-tert-butylphenol as SVHC

EU Commission plans to identify food contact substance 4-tert-butylphenol (PTBP) as substance of very high concern (SVHC) for endocrine disruption in the environment; intention notified to World Trade Organization

ECHA’s plan for substitution activities in 2019

European Chemical Agency plans to hold several substitution-related events, demonstrate alternatives analyses, publish alternatives data from authorization applications, update substitution strategy

Inspections for REACH compliance begin

Inspectors and customs authorities to systematically check importers and manufacturers for registration obligations under REACH