Join ReachCentrum’s workshop at the Biocides 2014 – 17th Annual Conference on Biocides

On the last day of the 17th Annual Conference on Biocides (Vienna, December 10-12) organized by the European Biocides Information Network, ReachCentrum will host a Workshop on BiocideBiocide ReachCentrums and Electronic Submission Tools. With the introduction of mandatory electronic data submission under the Biocidal Product Regulation, many companies are facing the IUCLID data management software and R4BP biocides IT system for the first time. For those new to the information systems, or those that are lost, our Training Manager Rita Sookrit will conduct a workshop describing:

  • the basic structure of both systems;
  • options for preparing and organising data;
  • how to generate a Summary of Product Characteristics;
  • what to do if you get stuck, top tips for smooth data entry and what guidance is available;
  • special considerations, such a reporting nano data, linking to C&L relevant information; and
  • how to confirm successful submissions.

The workshop will be followed by a second one on R4BP 3.2 and the SPC editor conducted by Jan Weber, from the European Chemicals Agency.

For more information about ReachCentrum training and workshop programme visit our dedicated section. For details about the 17th Annual Conference on Biocides in Vienna please visit the related website.

Moving from CPL to CLP – Notification of Chemical Substance in Turkey

Manufacturers and downstream users and/or importers of chemical substances have a legal obligation to classify and notify substances placed on the Turkish market.

Classification notification period: June 1st 2014 – June 1st 2015. 
Notification can only be conducted by a legal Turkish entity.

ReachCentrum is partnering again with Reach Global Services (RGS), a leading regulatory compliance service provider in Turkey to provide substances notification services. In 2011 ReachCentrum and RGS successfully assisted hundreds of international companies to notify thousands of substances to comply with the Turkish by-law on chemicals inventory and control.

Join us on June 12 20Turkish CLP process_final14 for a webinar to gain awareness and know the process for classification and notification of chemical substances.
You will learn about the:

  1. Change from existing Turkish CPL to NEW Turkish CLP (SEA)
  2. Legal requirements to achieve notification for regulatory compliance
  3. Process implemented to fulfil notification

For further information and registration, visit the dedicated page.

Contact Francesca Furlan at or call +32 2 676 7425 to facilitate your notification obligation. Visit the ReachCentrum website for further information about the solution process.

HBCDD consortium submits REACH authorisation dossier to ECHA

Brussels, March 14, 2014 – Expanded polystyrene (EPS) raw material manufacturers, participating in the hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) authorisation consortium successfully submitted an application for authorisation to the European Chemicals Agency by the 21 February deadline. Project managed by ReachCentrum with the technical support of PFA Ltd and eftec, submission occurred to obtain an extension of the use of HBCDD as a flame retardant in EPS insulation in the EU.

The consortium aim is to obtain an authorisation for the continued safe use of HBCDD in EPS, until a valid alternative is commercially available in adequate quantities, together with the necessary technical and certification approvals. Members want to ensure that their customers and related end users have a continued steady supply for use of flame retarded EPS for building insulation material. The EPS raw material producers are committed to changing from HBCDD to an alternative as soon as possible, within legal deadlines and satisfying technical approvals.

Sufficient supply of building insulation materials is crucial for the European Union to achieve its goals of energy efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint by appropriate insulation of new buildings and by renovation of existing buildings. EPS has been used broadly for this application for decades and is present in the vast majority of Europe’s buildings. HBCDD is still the main, commercially available flame retardant for EPS. Flame retardant suppliers have started production of commercial quantities of alternative materials and the first applications in insulation products are being made available in the EU during 2014. Not all announced capacity for the HBCDD alternatives is currently on stream, however, meaning delays in the production development and technical approvals cannot be excluded. Members of the consortium are concerned that fully approved alternative flame retardants may not be available in sufficient commercial quantities before August 2015. Members are asking the EU for additional time to allow for a smooth market transition from HBCDD.

Background: HBCDD in buildings

One of the uses of HBCDD is as a flame retardant in EPS in buildings. HBCDD (CAS# 25637-99-4) is placed on Annex XIV of REACH, indicating that after the sunset date (21 August 2015, Official Journal of the European Union L49/52, dated 24.2.2011) the use of HBCDD in any application is prohibited unless the use in an application is granted. The application for authorisation of HBCDD in a specific use had to be submitted to ECHA at the latest by February 21, 2014.

Consortium members

The eight submitting members of the consortium, set up at the beginning of 2013, are: Ineos Styrenics, Monotez S.A., StyroChem Finland Oy, Sunpor Kunststoff GmbH Austria, Synbra Technology B.V., Synthos S.A, Unipol Holland B.V., Versalis S.p.A. These companies submitted jointly 13 applications for two uses.

About ReachCentrum

ReachCentrum is the professional services body established by Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, which has been designed to help companies all through the value chain to fulfill the REACH requirements. ReachCentrum provides guidance to get acquainted with the REACH requirements, managing consortia, organising workshops and delivering in-company trainings. ReachCentrum services are available for European Union and non-EU chemical manufacturing companies.

For further information:

Contact Francesca Furlan, ReachCentrum, at or on +32.2.6767425.

Download here the press release

ECHA is looking for SME examples for EuroNews business magazine

ImageECHA, 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

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

EU new Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) applying from September 1st

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).
BiocidesBut 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

Call for expression of interest: Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) in XPS

Are you interested in an Authorisation of downstream uses of hexabromocyclodocecane (HBCDD) in XPS? Do you want to be part of a group of companies working together in preparing the application dossier? Contact ReachCentrum at the latest by August 30, 2013 and you will be part of the group.

Call for expression of interest: Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) (EC: 221-695-9, 247-148-4, CAS: 3194-55-6, 25637-99-4)

Identity of the substance
Chemical name:
  hexabromocyclododecane (hexabromocyclododecane and 1,2,5,6,9,10 hexabromocyclododecane) and all major diastereoisomers identified.

EC Numbers: 221-695-9, 247-148-4   CAS Numbers: 3194-55-6, 25637-99-4, 134237-50-6, 134237-51-7, 134237-52-8

IUPAC Name: hexabromocyclododecane

HBCDD is used as an additive flame retardant amongst other in:

  • Extruded Polystyrene (XPS).

HBCDD was identified as Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) meeting the criteria of a PBT substance pursuant to Article 57(d) with decision number ED/67/2008. HBCDD is mentioned in the Annex XIV of REACH with a sunset date 21/08/2015 and a latest application date 21/02/2014.
This process might severely affect your business, therefore EVERKEM S.r.l., Italian supplier company  of polymer additives, with HBCDD in its portfolio, which has been following this process actively, proposes to join forces to prepare a joint application for the Authorisation.

EVERKEM S.r.l., a 2010 registrant for HBCDD, is looking for interested companies (importers  as well as downstream users) to jointly prepare an application dossier for authorization for the use of HBCDD in XPS.
EVERKEM S.r.l. will be supported in this application by ReachCentrum (consultancy, project management, including financials, legal and communication support).   If you are interested in an Authorization of downstream uses of hexabromocyclodocecane (HBCDD) in XPS, please contact ReachCentrum at the latest by August 30, 2013 in order to set up of a group of companies working together in preparing the application dossier.

Leondina Della Pietra
Tel: 0032 2 676 73 12

ECHA opens a public consultation on CLH

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

News – ECHA: Clarification on when to submit applications for authorisation

In the framework of REACH Authorisation process, the services of the European Commission have clarified the term “received” in Article 58(1)(c)(ii) of the REACH Regulation regarding teh submission of  an application for authorisation News – ECHA.

ReachCentrum announces the launch of the Biocides support service

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 and +32 2 67 67 406.

ECHA to check substance identity of REACH 2013 registrations

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