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Reach, CLP and other chemical related legislation

Reach, CLP and other chemical related legislation

To support the review of REACH several studies have been launched in 2011. The review will be presented in June 2012 and will go beyond its legal obligation considering also the first lessons learnt from the first 5 years of implementation of REACH with special attention to the costs and administrative burden and other impacts on innovation.

Inputs to the REACH review of June 2012 may also emerge from the forthcoming Review of regulatory aspects of nanomaterials and the Review of EU legislation addressing risks from exposure to multiple chemicals from different sources and pathways (early 2012).

ECHA produced new or updated guidance in 22 languages. They also updated the Frequently Asked Questions, Fact Sheets, Guidance in a nutshell, Practical Guides and dedicated internet pages for specific REACH and CLP processes, the REACH Navigator, and REACH terminology in 22 Community languages.

15.12.2011: launch of ECHA new website to facilitate easier access to the information.

June 2011: Vice-President Tajani attended ECHA Management Board to launch a new graduate scheme in the field of chemical policies. The programme is developed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in co-operation with the Commission with the view to enable and encourage young professionals to learn from ECHA through such a programme before joining the job market provides invaluable experience for both sides.

January 2011: Publication by ECHA of the two guidance documents related to the Authorisation processes by ECHA.

The Directors Contact Group (DCG) contributed to develop practical solutions for industry in preparation of the 2010 registration deadline. Its mandate was extended in 2011 to identify issues of concern for manufacturers, importers and downstream users in regard of the 2013 registration deadline, formulate recommendations on how to approach them, and monitor the progress made by all relevant actors in addressing them. It is expected that there will be a larger number of SMEs involved in the 2013 deadline than were involved in 2010.

22.09.2011: REACH report published - The Directors' Contact Group (DCG): Achievements, Lessons Learned and Recommendations.

February 2011: Increased number of identified substances of very high concern (SVHC) (46)/1st authorisation list (Annex 14) was adopted.

December 2011: 20 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) have been added to the Candidate List bringing the actual number to 73.

Vice-President Tajani brought this issue at the attention of the Competitiveness Council in December 2011 with the view to encourage Member States to contribute more actively to the process of SVHC identification and to confirm the ECHA and the Commission commitment to continue supporting the process by providing assistance and coordination as well as by sharing experiences with Member States.

2nd amendment of Annex XIV (Authorisation list) is planned in March 2012.

Early 2011: An awareness raising campaign was initiated for the 2013 deadline, it specially focuses on SMEs. This includes information material for SMEs, a leaflet with QnAs and a dedicated section on ECHAs website.

10.03.2011: Commission Regulation (EU) 286/2011 to adapt the CLP Regulation to technical progress for the 2nd time. It incorporates the amendments from the 3rd revision of the UN Global Harmonisation System into the CLP Regulation and will also correct and modify a few additional technical issues.

November 2011: Draft Proposal for a 3rd Adaptation to Technical Progress of the CLP Regulation to include new harmonised C&L entries into Annex VI for substances for which Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) has delivered opinions in the course of 2010.

3.01.2011: Submission of more than 3 million notifications for classification & labelling of more than 115.000 substances has been a great achievement of the CLP Regulation. These will constitute the Classification & Labelling Inventory, which ECHA will publish on its website. The envisaged date (15 December 2011) had to be postponed, though, due to IT problems.

In 2011: The work on harmonisation of content and formats for information to be submitted to poison information centres (Article 45 (4) of the CLP Regulation) has been finalised. As foreseen in the CLP Regulation, the Commission will present its findings in a paper to Competent Authorities by 20 January 2012 and, provided there is sufficient support for the proposed way forward, will start preparing an Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation to establish harmonised information elements and the format for their submission to poison centres.

14.12.2011 EP adopted its resolution allowing a 1st reading agreement. The Parliament and the Council agreed to move the date of the restriction for consumer laundry detergents to 30 June 2013 and to express the limit in 'grams per standard wash' instead of %. They also included restrictions for consumer automatic dishwasher detergents as of 1 January 2017, however subject to a further review by the Commission by 31 December 2014.

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