100th edition of the REACH Competent Authority e-bulletin

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Welcome to the HSE Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals (REACH) eBulletin

The aim of this e-bulletin is to provide you with a free regular update of news and information from the UK REACH Competent Authority and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Below you will find brief information on a number of topics and issues, each linking to more detailed articles on the HSE or ECHA REACH websites.

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Illegal supply of Lead-containing solder to the General Public

HSE have become aware that a number of retailers have been supplying solders containing lead to the general public.

A harmonised classification for lead was agreed and published in 2016 [Regulation (EU) 2016/1179] and this came into effect on the 1st March 2018.  

As a consequence, the sale of metallic lead or mixtures containing lead (at greater than or equal to 0.3%) to the general public is prohibited [Article 67 of REACH; & Restriction 30 in Annex XVII]. 

Such products can still be supplied to professional users, however, it should be noted that the restriction also requires that the products be marked visibly, legibly and indelibly as: ‘Restricted to professional users.’ 

The impact of the harmonisation of the classification of lead metal was highlighted by the Lead REACH consortium in their news article earlier this year. This provides further detail which you may find useful. 


Registration

Following ECHA’s checks on the registration dossiers submitted by the 31 May final deadline, registration numbers have been granted to 32 515 dossiers out of the 33 363 dossiers submitted. These registrations cover 10 708 chemicals. ECHA is still waiting to receive further information from companies of the other dossiers before granting registration numbers for those.

Since the 31 May, ECHA has continued to receive dossiers for the tonnage band of 1 to 100 tonnes. It is possible these are submissions by latecomers that have missed the deadline. In these cases companies are reminded that they can only continue to manufacture or import their substance after they have received their registration number.

ECHA also remind registrants that registration is not a one-off exercise and that there is a requirement to keep their registrations up to date. For example, so that they reflect the correct production/import volume, new uses, most recent safe use advice. In addition, new information may become available when new companies that want to register the same substance join the joint submission.

ECHA plan to provide further information on this in November; this is the 7th phase of the REACH 2018 Roadmap, ‘Keep your registration up to date’. Further details are available on ECHA’s website.

ECHA plan to send their dossier evaluation decisions to all non-compliant registrants of a substance in 2019 - not just the lead registrant. ECHA advise that registrants review and update their registration dossiers before 2019. Further details are available on ECHA’s website including a link to a recent webinar (Information session on changes in dossier evaluation).


Regulatory Activity

Restriction

RAC and SEAC opinions on the proposal to restrict lead in gunshot used on wetlands, supports the proposal that a restriction is justified to reduce the large-scale exposure of numerous wetland bird species to lead. In addition to this, ECHA have now published a new report on non-wetland uses of lead in ammunition (gunshot and bullets) and in fishing weights. This report is ECHA’s response to the Commission’s request to collect information on potential risks of other uses of lead for hunting in terrains outside of wetlands, for target shooting outside of wetlands, and in sinkers and jigs for fishing. ECHA recommends that measures are needed to regulate the use of lead ammunition in terrestrial environments. Further details including a link to the report are available on ECHA’s website.

RAC and SEAC have agreed on the restriction proposal for a group of perfluorinated substances C9-C14 PFCAs (PFNA, PFDA, PFUnDA, PFDoDA, PFTrDA, PFTDA), their salts and precursors. This is to restrict their manufacture, use, placing on the market and import within the EU. In addition, the two Committees issued opinions supporting a request for an additional derogation to the existing restriction of PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related substances. More information is available in the annex to the news release on ECHA’s website.

There is a public consultation on the draft opinion of SEAC on this restriction proposal. The deadline for providing comments is 19 November 2018.

Evaluation

There is a new substance evaluation conclusion document available on ECHA’s website for octabenzone, evaluated by Italy. 

Authorisation

RAC and SEAC opinions on the following applications for authorisation are available on ECHA’s website:

  • one use of bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether by N.V. Ajinomoto OmniChem S.A.;
  • two uses of pentazinc chromate octahydroxide by Indestructible Paint Ltd;
  • three uses of chromium trioxide by HAPOC GmbH & Co KG;
  • two uses of pentazinc chromate octahydroxide by Aviall Services Inc and Finalin GmbH;
  • one use of dichromium tris(chromate) by Wesco Aircraft EMEA, LTD;
  • one use of strontium chromate by Wesco Aircraft EMEA, LTD; PPG Central (UK) Ltd; and Cytec Engineered Materials Ltd;
  • two uses of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate by VINYLOOP FERRARA S.p.A.

SVHCs

Six proposals to identify new SVHCs have been received for the following substances:

  • Undecafluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA) and its ammonium salt (APFHx). No direct uses of PFHxA as such are known. PFHxA precursors can be used as surfactants or as monomers for the production of side-chain fluorinated polymers. Ammonium undecafluorohexanoate (APFHx), the ammonium salt of PFHxA is used in industrial settings mainly in connection with the manufacture and processing of polymers.
  • 2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane. There are no active registrations under REACH.
  • Fluoranthene. Not registered under REACH. Normally not produced intentionally but rather occurs as a constituent or impurity in other substances.
  • Benzo[k]fluoranthene. Not registered under REACH. Normally not produced intentionally but rather occurs as a constituent or impurity in other substances.
  • Pyrene. Used as a transported Intermediate for the manufacture of fine chemicals.
  • Phenanthrene. Not registered under REACH. Normally not produced intentionally but rather occurs as a constituent or impurity in other substances.

The deadline for comments is 19 October 2018.


Consultations

Consultation on the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation
This consultation builds upon the Commission’s analysis of the interface in the Communication published in January 2018. All interested parties are welcome to contribute and can do so via an online questionnaire. The deadline is 29 October 2018.

Consultation on the proposed restriction for polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in granules and mulches on sports pitches and playgrounds

The consultation has now begun on the proposal to restrict the placing on the market of granules and mulches containing PAHs above a set concentration limit for use as infill material in synthetic turf pitches or in loose form on playgrounds and in sports applications. This consultation is open until 19 March 2019; however, ECHA’s scientific committees welcome early comments by 16 November 2018 to assist them in the first discussion of the proposal. Further information is available on ECHA’s website.

Consultation on 18 substances proposed for authorisation under REACH

ECHA is considering recommending the Commission to include 18 substances in the Authorisation List and invites comments on its proposal. Comments can be given until 5 December 2018. Further details, including a link to an Annex which lists the 18 substances (including examples of their uses in the scope of authorisation) is available on ECHA’s website.

Testing proposals

ECHA has launched 10 new public consultations on testing proposals. Comments can be given via ECHA’s website. The deadline is 22 October 2018.


Reports, Guidance & Updates

Study finds knowledge gaps in risk assessment of nano pigments

A new study, commissioned by the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON), found gaps in the current knowledge on the hazard and risk assessment of nano-sized pigments. The study identified 81 nano-sized pigments currently used in the EU market. The report makes several recommendations for further work. Further details are available on ECHA's website.

Webinar: New and improved IUCLID - 31 October 2018
A new major version of IUCLID will be made available at the end of October. There is a planned webinar to find out about the changes and to provide an opportunity to ask questions. You can register for this via ECHA’s website.


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