Ten new substances added to EU REACH candidate list

Organisation - Echa - HQ © European Chemicals Agency
Organisation – Echa – HQ © European Chemicals Agency

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added ten substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the REACH candidate list. The updated list currently contains 191 substances.

Four of the new candidates – octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4); decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5); dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6); and Bbnzo[ghi]perylene – were added due to their persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties. A fifth – terphenyl hydrogenated – has only vPVB properties.

ECHA’s Member State Committee identified siloxanes D4, D5 and D6 as SVHCs last week despite strong criticism from industry. The latter said the committee “had not taken full account of the whole body of scientific evidence” and cited “extremely low” levels in the real environment.

The use of D4 and D5 is already restricted in wash-off personal care products at a concentration equal to or greater than 0.1% by weight.

The agency added three other substances to the candidate list due to their toxic for reproduction properties. These are lead; disodium octaborate; and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP). DCHP is also included in the list due to its endocrine disrupting effects on human health.

The remaining two – ethylenediamine (EDA) and benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA) – were added due to their respiratory sensitising properties.

The European Commission identified TMA and DCHP as SVHCs in April, following referrals from the MSC.

The Commission said in its implementing Regulation on TMA that the data presented and discussed in the Annex XV dossier show it causes serious and permanent impairment of lung functions if the exposure is prolonged and no intervention takes place. This view is in line with the majority opinion of the MSC.

Sweden made the original proposal to identify DCHP as an SVHC due to its ED properties affecting human health (Article 57(f)), but later withdrew it. Then MSC failed to reach a unanimous agreement on its identification under Article 57(f).

The country also proposed the identification of lead as an SVHC. The metal is forbidden in the EU in small items due to a higher health risk for children from ingestion.

More information of these new entries (their uses in products etc.) can be found here.

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Original article by ChemicalWatch

We have REACHed the deadline!

The final legal deadline to REACH register all phase-in substances manufactured or imported above one tonne per year was May 31st. If the registration obligation applies and companies did not submit a dossier by the last day of May, as of 1 June they can no longer manufacture or import the substance legally in the EU/EEA.

Chementors helped numerous Finnish and other EU companies, including many SMEs, as well in capacity of our role as legally appointed Only Representative for non-EU manufacturers, successfully submit their registrations for the final REACH deadline. It’s a true milestone and precedent to safeguarding our common future! So congratulations are in order.

We expect companies to finally realise REACH registration being a true business asset with a clear business advantage delivering a return on investment. Companies that registered can have guarantied access to the substances they depend, or your customers rely on, Non-EU companies who registered with Only Representatives will have access to the EU market. Lastly but not least, the added confidence provided now in knowing the relevant risk management measures that ensure safe use. Other positive side effects is that companies worked together sharing costs and avoided animal testing to a minimum. In addition, REACH is to stimulate R&D and innovation to find safer alternative substances and solutions to benefit us all

What will happen after 31 May 2018, as registration is just the first step in sound chemicals management?

There are further obligations to consider under REACH, not just concerning the duty to register. Indeed, registration itself even is not simply a one off task as it is living its dynamic just as are your business and portfolio. You are responsible for the safe use of your chemicals, must maintain compliance with REACH including to keep your registration up-to-date and accordingly implement and/or communicate any safe use recommendations – and this should be really happening and not ignored.

Enforcement is the key! It will really kick-off and becomes more apparent, more strict and more consistent – as it is required to ensure fairness to those complying with the law. Awareness of REACH will continue to grow among managers, workers, retailers, consumers and the public in general. Also other parts of the globe will be following as they are already.

ECHA will be busy checking the quality of the data submitted in the registrations, identifying non-compliant dossiers and also verifying company sizes if they really are an SME. Additionally Member States will also be carrying out substance evaluations to investigate certain concerns and may request even further information beyond the standard requirements. Ultimately further EU regulatory actions may be deemed neccessary.

Registrants and companies in general should be vigilant in order to be forewarned and react in due time. So far a majority of registrations submitted by companies are not adequate in quality, resulting that companies are urged to proactively and voluntarily revise and update the registrations. They are given reminder being responsible and liable of their registrations.

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have shared some tips for post-registration actions:

  • Implement and ensure Risk Management Measures and further information for safe use is followed (capacity as registrant & user or downstream user of chemicals as such in formulations)
  • Communicate important information – consider if your Safety Data Sheets should be updated OR other measures to informing downstream end users in the supply chain including consumers
  • Aim to incorporate REACH matters and principles in your own overall day to day business activities and planning, synergising with other in-house management system, or policies
  • Implement in-house training if necessary and be prepared for any inspections
  • Make a plan for keeping your registration up to date. Keep track of new data, potential new uses for your substance and volumes produced or imported.
  • Make sure you have access to your REACH-IT account (login details, set up e-mail notification alerts, back up contact person) – ECHA communicates officially to registrants via REACH-IT.
  • Have a platform to collaborate with your other co-registrants to deal with new registrants and requests for more information from authorities.
  • Submit an inquiry for each new substance you place on the market in quantities over one tonne per year.
  • Follow the authorities’ work: check your portfolio for substances that are subject to regulatory action and see whether safer alternatives are available
  • Seek help if needed, its available – from national helpdesks, ECHA helpdesk, Guidance documents, YouTube videos, industrial associations, laboratories
  • ECHA acknowledges the importance of support provided by consultants and specialists since certain tasks are not straightforward, or companies simply don’t have the in-house capabilities or time. ECHA published a checklist helping you to select a suitable and reputable consultant

Chementors can help companies to review and update their registrations with the newest IUCLID format version while offering the benefit from all the experience gathered, as well as ECHA and sector feedback and advice now available. Chementors mentors companies in all roles and in multiple areas to concern chemical and product compliance management. Should you have any doubts or questions, please do get in touch. Our clients trusts us with their business.

SmartCHEM Summit 2018

Welcome to the SmartCHEM Summit 2018!

Turku Science Park Ltd. arranges SmartCHEM Summit 2018 which presents the latest innovations in bio-based production and solutions for creating new business from side-streams. The event gathers industry, growth companies, experts and academics from Finland and Europe on May 22nd 2018 to the brand new Visitor and Innovation Centre Joki in Turku, Finland.

After the event, IBC Finland organizes a Hackathon together with the BiOpen project, to which all seminar attendees are warmly welcome to discuss sustainable solutions under several theme tables.

In the evening at 7 pm is organized a get-together for SmartCHEM participants at Aboa Vetus Ars Nova (Itäinen Rantakatu 4-6).

REGISTER YOURSELF TO THE TOP BIO- AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY EVENT OF THE YEAR HERE!

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

in-cosmetics global 2018 – RAI Amsterdam, Netherlands, 17-19 April 2018

The leading global event for personal care ingredients

The exhibition brings together up to 800 international exhibitors of ingredients, fragrances, lab equipment, testing and regulatory solutions with up to 9,000 cosmetic manufacturers worldwide.

in-cosmetics Global is the global launch place for innovation in ingredients and technologies, providing high-level scientific education and consumer insights for formulators, R&D and regulatory professionals.

Showcasing industry trends throughout the world, in-cosmetics Global offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest innovations, understand new developments in personal care ingredients and network with the world’s personal care ingredients community.

Like last year, Chementors is attending as well, introducing services regarding to EU chemical regulations but also welcomes companies aiming at the Asian markets. Should you prefer to set up a meeting in advance, please contact: antti.aalto@chementors.eu.

How can we develop our services for you?

Chementors makes your life easier by fulfilling your wishes and requests related to chemical substances or products. To find out where we stand today, we developed a short survey and a tool for us to improve and develop our practices based on your opinions. We wish that you could help us to develop our operations in a way that could benefit you the most from our business relationship.

This link will take you to the survey. Answering the survey takes only five minutes, but your feedback to Chementors may result in a more effective and a better service in the future, which can save your time tremendously!

Thank you in advance for your effort to make our co-operation more fruitful. Please answer by 15.4.2018.

CEO
Jani Määttä

Inspectors find phthalates in toys and asbestos in second-hand products

In an EU/EEA-wide project of ECHA’s Enforcement Forum, inspectors found hundreds of consumer products with illegal amounts of restricted chemicals. Every fifth toy inspected contained high levels of restricted phthalates.

Helsinki, 13 February 2018 – The project report shows a relatively high number of products on the European market containing chemicals that are restricted under REACH. Inspectors in 27 European countries checked 1 009 mixtures, 4 599 articles and 17 substances. Overall, out of 5 625 targeted product checks, 18 % did not comply with the restrictions.

The most frequent breaches were: phthalates in toys (20 % of inspected toys contained Bis(2-ethylhexyl) (DEHP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) at levels above those permitted), cadmium in brazing fillers (14 %) and asbestos fibres in products (14 %). The products containing asbestos – for example, catalytic heaters, thermos flasks, brake pads – were mostly second-hand and probably produced before the restrictions prohibiting the sale of products containing asbestos came into force.

Inspectors also found high concentrations of chromium VI in leather articles (13 % of the tested products) and cadmium in jewellery (12 %).

Overall, most of the breaches were found with products, which had origins that could not be identified (39 % of such products did not comply), followed by products imported from China (17 %).

The report highlights the companies’ responsibility to get information on the chemical composition of their products from their suppliers. This may also include proactively testing the products and making agreements between suppliers so that the chemical composition complies with the chemicals legislation. The enforcement authorities will continue enforcing REACH restrictions by analysing further products on the market.

This article was authored and published by ECHA. Find the original article from here.

Chementors starts 2018 by attending COSME Tech 2018 in Tokyo, Japan on January 25th and 26th.

Chementors starts the year 2018 by attending the very first time to the Japanese cosmetic developing exhibition at Tokyo in January 25th and 26th. During our visit, we will also meet our partnership company JEMAI. We are really looking forward to the meeting as two previous meetings has taken place on Finnish soil.

If you are interested to meet Chementors at the COSME Tech 2018 Exhibition, please contact us: antti.aalto@chementors.eu or jani.maatta@chementors.fi. We will be present at the venue and more than happy to introduce Chementors’ services.

 

More about the exhibition, please visit here.

 

Our new partner in Japan

Chementors is proud to announce our new partner in Japan. The Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI) is a public corporation organised by a membership of around 700 companies. It was established in 1962 when industrial pollution became a serious concern in Japan. To this day JEMAI provides substantial support with a wide range of environmental and regulatory issues concerning Japanese industry. Chementors has been privileged to host JEMAI’s key personnel at our headquarters in Raisio, Finland. These visits have been very pleasant occasions for all. Through deep and honest co-operation we will help Japanese chemical industry to overcome the regulatory barriers between Japan and the EU.