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

EU Commission restricts four phthalates

EU Commission adopts decision to restrict DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP in consumer products on EU market; food contact materials not covered

ECHA: 2nd consultation on phthalates’ authorization

ECHA consults on uses of DEHP, DBP, BBP, DIBP which may no longer be exempted from authorization, including FCM uses; deadline for comments March 12, 2019

REACH nano revisions adopted

EU Commission adopts revision of information requirements for nanomaterials to be provided in REACH registration dossiers; new rules apply from January 1, 2020

ECHA: Registrations must ‘reflect the most up-to-date knowledge’

European Chemicals Agency reminds companies of legal obligation to review and update REACH registration dossiers ‘when new information becomes available’

Data requirements for SVHC database clarified

Database of SVHCs as proposed by ECHA will oblige companies to only provide data already required under REACH; additional data on article identity and SVHC concentrations voluntary

Database of plastic packaging chemicals

New scientific publication by Food Packaging Forum researchers and partners presents database of chemicals associated with plastic packaging (CPPdb) in detail