ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency based in Helsinki, is looking for practical examples from small and medium-sized enterprises that have succeeded in turning REACH legal obligations into business opportunities – through substitution, product/process changes or innovative business strategies.
If you know of such examples, ECHA is inviting companies to share them. According to ECHA, “positive examples give recognition for the work carried out by industry to achieve high standards of chemical safety and support firms that are new to the legislation to comply with it. Practical examples from industry are the most wanted stories by ECHA news readers and are of interest to prepare a feature on REACH by EuroNews TV.”
If you are interested, please send your suggestions by 31 March to SMEstories@echa.europa.eu
In the framework of the SMEs focus and support, ECHA has also focused its February Newsletter to small and medium-sized enterprises and their experiences. ReachCentrum has contributed with a guest column REACH 2018 – time is not on your side with some tips for SMEs about the strategy to follow between now and the last REACH registration deadline.
Useful link: Euronews Business Planet magazine
The European Union’s new Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) will apply from this Sunday 1 September 2013. The Regulation, entered into force on 17 July 2012, aims to improve the functioning of the biocidal products market in the EU, while ensuring a high level of protection to humans and the environment. It replaces the current Biocidal Products Directive 98/8/EC (BPD).
But what does the regulation say? According to it, all biocidal products to be placed on the market require an authorisation, with a previous approval of the active substances contained in that product. Common examples of such biocidal products can be disinfectants, wood preservatives, insect repellents and pest control products.
ReachCentrum has set up a service focusing in particular to support those companies looking for an authorisation of biocidal products/approval of active substances, together with its strategic partner ARCHE for the whole process whether it is for an application of authorisation on EU level or for one on national level. Also the support for the transition period (i.e. for the applications for active substance under BPD that will still be under evaluation on 1 September 2013) is part of our full flash service. Our main area of actions includes:
- Strategic advice on the regulatory process including approval of active substances and authorisation of biocidal products
- Cost reduction possibilities for joint submission management and product families
- Tailored training (e.g. How to comply with BPR, dossier preparation and submission, and risk assessment)
- Preparation and submission of active substances and biocidal products dossiers together with our strategic partner ARCHE
NEW! Software Training for the Biocidal Products Regulation
The process for submitting your biocides applications involves three IT-tools:
- IUCLID 5 contains the new functions to manage biocide-specific information and create BPR dossiers.
- R4BP 3 is a central hub used for all communications between the applicants and the authorities. It will be used for submitting applications, exchanging data and information between the applicant, ECHA, Member State competent authorities and the European Commission.
- REACH-IT to create user accounts for R4BP 3.
ReachCentrum and ARCHE offer tailored training on the use of these tools and the workflow to help applicants organise themselves to submit the appropriate dossier and monitor the communication.
For further information please visit the ReachCentrum website or contact Leo Appelman at firstname.lastname@example.org
On 30 April ECHA opened a public consultation for comments on harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for two borates and the pesticide fenpyroximate. The consulation will end on 14 June 2013.
The CLH proposals for the two borates disodium octaborate, anhydrate and disodium octaborate, tetrahydrate, have been submitted by the Netherlands. Neither substance has an existing harmonised classification and for both substances the dossier submitter is proposing classification for reproductive toxicity based on the adverse developmental and fertility effects observed in several species.
The CLH proposal for the pesticide fenpyroximate was submitted by the German competent authority. This substance also does not have a harmonised classification, and the proposal includes both health and environmental hazards.
The consultation is available on the ECHA website at http://www.echa.europa.eu/harmonised-classification-and-labelling-consultation
ReachCentrum is pleased to announce the creation of a Biocides service to support those companies who need to comply with the new Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR – Regulation (EU) 528/2012).
The new Biocides Products Regulation (BPR) concerning the placing on the market and the use of biocidal products will apply from 1 September 2013. This regulation aims to improve the functioning of the biocidal products market in the EU, while ensuring a high level of protection to humans and the environment. It replaces the current Biocidal Products Directive 98/8/EC (BPD). According to the Regulation, all biocidal products to be placed on the market require an authorisation, with a previous approval of the active substances contained in that biocidal product.
ReachCentrum’s Biocides service is focusing in particular to support those companies looking for an Authorisation of biocidal products/approval of active substances.
The ReachCentrum’s Biocides support service offers:
- Strategic advice on the regulatory process
- Strategic advice to have active substances approved
- Strategic advice on authorisation of the biocidal products
- Tailored training
- Preparation and submission of active substances dossiers and authorisation dossiers for biocidal products together with our strategic partner ARCHE, Belgium
For further information, visit the Biocides support service page.
Contact: Isaline van der Straten W. at email@example.com and +32 2 67 67 406.
From the European Chemicals Agency
ECHA will conduct an IT-based screening on the substance identity of all registrations it receives for the 2013 deadline, with the aim of helping industry to proactively improve the quality of their dossiers.
Based on the screening results, registrants might receive an informal letter from ECHA providing advice on how to address the most typical substance identification shortcomings.
ECHA will not directly follow-up on these letters. They are purely an opportunity for registrants to check and spontaneously update their dossiers. At the end of 2013, the Agency will launch more systematic actions to improve substance identity information. These actions will focus on IT-based screening of specific substance identity information in all REACH registrations. At that stage, failure to address any detected shortcomings may lead to legally binding follow-up actions from ECHA.
Further information available at http://echa.europa.eu/regulations/reach/substance-identity
We are now a few weeks away from the second REACH registration deadline of May 31, 2013, which covers all phase-in substances manufactured or imported into the EU and above 100 tonnes per year.
European Union manufacturers and importers should be busy preparing now for this important milestone, in order to submit on time all the dossiers they need to continue their chemical business.
Remember: no registration means no market for your products
Do you intend to co-register by 31 May 2013 but you do not know how? ReachCentrum can help you with your co-registration, including your dossier preparation and submission
ReachCentrum will help you complete your own Individual Submission dossier for co-registrant providing you with the in-depth knowledge of how to fill in the appropriate data in the correct way. Our service for co-registrants comprises:
- Letter of Access search service
- Individual Submission dossier preparation
- Individual Submission dossier application
- NO administrative burden for co-registrant
Interested in a co-registrant support?
Send a request to Vincenzo Girardi firstname.lastname@example.org
Call: +32 2 676 7457
Deadline extended! Provided inclusion in the upcoming annex XIV one of our clients intends to apply for an authorisation of their downstream use of trichloroethylene which is as process chemical in closed systems.
Therefore the downstream user is looking for interested companies to jointly prepare such an application.
The company is supported in this application by ReachCentrum (consultancy, project management, including financials, legal and communication support) and ERM (technical aspects).
Please contact ReachCentrum by April 30 2013 if you are interested in an authorisation of downstream uses of trichloroethylene.
Tel: 0032 2 6767249