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21 551 chemicals on EU market now registered

The 10-year registration period for existing chemicals is now complete following the last REACH registration deadline on 31 May 2018. 13 620 European companies have submitted information to ECHA in nearly 90 000 registrations for chemicals manufactured in or imported to the EU and EEA at above one tonne a year.

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REACH registration journey
REACH 2018
Did you miss the registration deadline? Make yourself REACH compliant as soon as possible

31 May was the last chance to submit a registration for existing (phase-in) substances manufactured or imported in amounts more than one tonne per year. If the registration obligation applied to you but you did not submit your dossier then, as of 1 June you can no longer manufacture or import your substance legally in the EU/EEA.
If you missed the deadline, you should make yourself compliant without delay:
  • If you have pre-registered or inquired about your phase-in substance, you can register it directly (until further notice, you can still use the pre-registration number).
  • If you have not pre-registered or inquired about your phase-in substance, you need to submit an inquiry before registering it.

If you submit your dossier after 31 May, you will need to wait until you receive your registration number before resuming or starting manufacture or import of your substance.

Pre-registration | Inquiry | REACH 2018 web pages
Call for companies to continue their cooperation after the last registrationdeadline

The Directors’ Contact Group (DCG) recommends that registrants of existing substances maintain their cooperation platforms also after 31 May 2018, when the obligation to have substance information exchange forums (SIEFs) under REACH ceases.

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REACH 2018 questions and answers - last minute advice: recording available

Do you have questions about preparing and submitting your registration dossier? Watch our last minute advice, questions and answers session, where our expert panel answer questions about all aspects of registration, from knowing your portfolio and finding your co-registrants to preparing and submitting your registration dossier.


Issues with submission? Contact us

ECHA will continue to assist you also after the deadline:
  • REACH-IT is open every day, 24 hours a day.
  • Our REACH 2018 Support live chat is open on weekdays from 9:00 to 16:00 CEST until 8 June.
  • You can always contact us through our contact form.

REACH-IT | ECHA 2018 Support chat | Contact ECHA
Consultation on four phthalates for updating their Authorisation List entries with endocrine disrupting properties

The European Commission is preparing to amend the Authorisation List (Annex XIV to REACH) entries owing to the additional identification of the four phthalates as substances of very high concern (SVHCs) with endocrine disrupting effects on human health or the environment. Consequently, some uses previously exempted may require authorisation.

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New intention to identify a substance of very high concern

New intention for identification as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) has been received for
2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane (EC 401-720-1; CAS 6807-17-6).

Registry of current SVHC intentions

Commission authorises two uses of 1,2 –dichloroethane (EDC)

The European Commission has granted authorisations for 1,2 –dichloroethane (EDC) (EC 203-458-1) for two uses to Lanxess Deutschland GmbH. The review periods for these uses expire on 22 November 2021 and 22 November 2029.

Official Journal

Restriction proposal for CMRs in textiles

Member States have supported the European Commission’s proposal to limit exposure to 33 chemicals that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) by restricting their placing on the market in clothing, textiles and footwear. The proposal was prepared under a simplified restriction procedure in April 2018. The legislative proposal will now undergo a scrutiny by the European Parliament and the Council.

The proposal targets substances found in products that consumers can be exposed to through direct and prolonged skin contact, inhalation, or unintentional ingestion of textile fibre dust. These include clothing and related accessories, footwear, and textiles other than clothing that touch the skin, such as bed linen, upholstery and reusable nappies.

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Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

ECHA is looking for comments on the harmonised classification and labelling proposals for the following substances:

  • N-{2-[[1,1'-bi(cyclopropyl)]-2-yl]phenyl}-3-(difluoromethyl)-1-methyl-1H-pyrazole-4-carboxamide; sedaxane (EC: -; CAS: 874967-67-6) – an active substance used in plant protection products as a fungicide. It has no existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on all physical, human health and environment hazard classes.
  • 1,2,4-triazole (EC 206-022-9; CAS 288-88-0) – it is mainly used as an intermediate and fertiliser. It has an existing harmonised classification and labelling in Annex VI to CLP. Comments are invited on reproductive toxicity and acute oral toxicity hazard classes.

The deadline for comments is 3 August 2018, 23:59 Helsinki time (EET).

Give comments

New proposals and intentions to harmonise classification and labelling

An intention to harmonise the classification and labelling of quinoclamine (EC 220-529-2, CAS 2797-51-5 -) has been received.

Registry of CLH intentions
Interested in using this substance in disinfectants?

Do you want to keep using this substance in disinfectants (product-type 2):
  • tetrahydro-1,3,4,6-tetrakis(hydroxymethyl)imidazo[4,5-d]imidazole-2,5 (1H,3H)-dione (TMAD) (EC 226-408-0, CAS 5395-50-6)?

To keep it in the review programme, notify your interest to us by 5 June 2019.

All substances open for notification

Endocrine disruptors and biocides: what you need to know
19 June, 11:00 – 13:00 Helsinki time

Join our webinar to learn more about the new criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting properties for biocides. This webinar explains the scope of the criteria and how authorities are using them to assess biocides. We also go through the main advice in the newly published guidance on endocrine disruptors.

Supply chain communication
Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched its Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign in April. The aim is to raise awareness of the risks posed by dangerous substances in the workplace and to promote a culture of risk prevention.
Have a look at the campaign page and make sure to use the tools and material available.

Campaign page
Board of Appeal
Board of Appeal decision on substance evaluation of a monomer

The Board of Appeal today issued its decision in case A-006-2016. In the contested ECHA decision, the registrants were requested to provide information on, amongst other things, nonylphenol (a monomer) as an unreacted impurity in polymers manufactured from it, or as a degradation product from those polymers. ECHA required the registrants of nonylphenol to obtain some of this information from their downstream users who manufacture polymers from nonylphenol.

The Appellants argued, amongst other things, that ECHA cannot ask for information on polymers when evaluating a monomer. They also argued that they could not be responsible for providing information on polymers that they themselves do not manufacture or import.

The Board of Appeal found that, under the substance evaluation procedure, ECHA could request information on the presence of nonylphenol as an unreacted impurity in polymers manufactured from it, or as a degradation product from those polymers. The Board of Appeal partially annulled the contested ECHA decision in so far as it required the registrants to obtain information from their downstream users.

Biocides Day: only a few places left for hands-on training

Now is the time to sign up for our free Biocides Day conference on 24 and 25 October 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. The conference on 24 October gives insight into latest developments in biocides at EU level. The hands-on training on biocides IT tools on 25 October is nearly full, so we invite you to register soon for this day. The training will cover how to apply for biocidal product authorisation using IUCLID, SPC Editor and R4BP 3. During the event, you can also have a pre-booked one-to-one discussion with one of our biocides experts.

Biocides Day 2018
24-25 October 2018