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News for EU REACH, UK REACH and related regulations in 2022

EU REACH

28 February 2022

ECHA publishes a case study on the impacts of REACH authorisation requirements on trichloroethylene in the EEA market. The volume of trichloroethylene used in the EU has reduced from 50,000 tonnes in 2010 to around 800 tonnes in 2022. The report acknowledges that the primary substitute for industrial metal parts cleaning, perchloroethylene, may present further risks to human health and the environment.



EU REACH

28 February 2022

ECHA updates its recommendations on how to comply with registration information requirements, particularly when using a weight of evidence approach, read-across, or both. The advice also covers read-across for UVCBs and dose setting for toxicity testing.

UK REACH

25 February 2022

HSE publishes a report on the activity undertaken to evaluate registration dossiers and substances. The report also includes general advice to registrants.

EU REACH

23 February 2022

ECHA brings forward a proposal to an EU-wide restriction on all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in firefighting foams. If adopted, the restriction could reduce emissions of PFASs into the environment by more than 13,000 tonnes over 30 years. The estimated costs to society would be around EUR 7 billion over the same period. A six-month consultation is planned to start on 23 March 2022 that is open for anyone to give evidence-based comments on the proposal.

UK REACH

10 February 2022

HSE publishes an assessment of 11 substances and substance groups that were submitted for identification as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) in EU REACH. The assessment was supported by the Environment Agency and identified 4 priority substances or substance groups requiring regulatory management options analysis (RMOA).

UK REACH

10 February 2022

HSE opens a call for evidence on 4 substances and substance groups that have recently been identified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) by the EU. The consultation closes 10 April 2022.

  • DOTL
    • Dioctyltin dilaurate, stannane, dioctyl-, bis(coco acyloxy) derivs., and any other stannane, dioctyl-, bis(fatty acyloxy) derivs. wherein C12 is the predominant carbon number of the fatty acyloxy moiety
  • 1,4-dioxane
  • SBAA
    • Small brominated alkylated alcohols
  • PDDP
    • Phenol, alkylation products (mainly in para position) with C12-rich branched or linear alkyl chains from oligomerisation, covering any individual isomers and/or combinations thereof

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UK REACH

8 February 2022

Defra Secretary of State opens a survey on REACH Article 33 requirements, under which, suppliers of articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are obligated to provide certain information to recipients. This consultation is part of Defra’s statutory review of REACH and may result in a change to requirements.

EU REACH, Waste Framework Directive

2 February 2022

A new service release of IUCLID 6 (version 6.8.0) includes improvements and fixes.

Waste Framework Directive

2 February 2022

Since January 2021, nearly 7,000 companies have successfully submitted millions of notifications on substances of very high concern in their products to ECHA.

EU REACH

2 February 2022

ECHA proposes to include eight substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in the REACH Authorisation List. They are:

NameEC NumberCAS Number
2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde and its individual stereoisomers
2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4'-morpholinobutyrophenone404-360-3119313-12-1
2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one400-600-671868-10-5
Diisohexyl phthalate276-090-271850-09-4
Ethylenediamine203-468-6107-15-3
Glutaral203-856-5111-30-8
Lead231-100-47439-92-1
Orthoboric acid, sodium salt237-560-213840-56-7

Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the proposals.

UK REACH

31 January 2022

HSE receives two new applications for authorisation for substances of very high concern (SVHCs) identified as endocrine disruptors for the environment. Stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the applications.

EU REACH

20 January 2022

The European Commission launches public consultation on proposed changes to the REACH regulation. The far-reaching proposals are in line with those set out in the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The strategy outlines the EU’s intentions for chemicals policy for the foreseeable future.

Read our commentary.

EU REACH

19 January 2022

ECHA appoints Mr Shay O’Malley, Director of Resources, as Acting Executive Director as of 1 April 2022, until the new Head of the Agency starts in the role. Bjorn Hansen will retire on 31 March 2022.

EU REACH

18 January 2022

REACH regulation mandate to ensure toxicity testing is undertaken at appropriately high dose levels applies from January 2022. ECHA has issued guidance to help duty holders comply with the requirements.

EU REACH

17 January 2022

ECHA will end the possibility to claim registration numbers for NONS on 17 July 2022.


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