UBA: third report on compliance of REACH registrations

German Environment Agency (UBA) examines REACH registration dossiers for medium tonnage band chemicals, finds 24% are non-compliant and 31% are too complex to determine compliance, concludes that dossier improvements may be needed

EEB challenges ECHA to 10 REACH improvements

European Environmental Bureau recommends tasks for ECHA to increase transparency, enable precautionary principle, allocate burden of proof onto industry, promote substitution; plans to evaluate and communicate on progress made in one year

CHEM Trust: EU FCM laws need an update

Article discusses regulatory complexity caused by lack of harmonized EU FCM laws, failure to integrate REACH, increase in national regulations to address gaps; suggests considering positive list approach taken under drinking water directive

New European commissioner targets non-toxic material cycles

European Commissioner for the Internal Market (DG Grow) commits to removing hazardous substances from material cycles in first address to Parliamentary committee on environment; aims to harmonize rules for substances of very high concern (SVHCs), update REACH legislation to manage endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)

EU Commission solicits comments on draft REACH update requirements

European Commission draft implementing regulations specifies when registrants should update REACH dossiers following changes; public feedback period open until January 15, 2020

Guidance document for PMT/vPvM substances

German Environment Agency (UBA) provides updated guidelines for identifying substances that are persistent, mobile, and toxic (PMT) or very persistent and very mobile (vPvM); finds 260 REACH registered substances meet set criteria, prioritizes 122 for further investigation

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

Registration of polymers in REACH

NGO ChemSec argues that registering polymers under REACH is ‘overdue’; registration would provide vital information about polymers’ properties and use

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

Webinar on REACH requirements for nanoforms

European Chemicals Agency hosts webinar on November 12, 2019, to explain definition of nanoform, approaches to building sets of similar nanoforms, new REACH data requirements