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CHCS publishes Newsletters for its members. The Newsletters contain a variety of articles, often providing important insights into changes in regulation and legislation. Our Newsletters are available free-of-charge to CHCS members, who can access the full list of Newsletters by visiting: CHCS Newsletters. (Non-members can Join CHCS, then access the Newsletters). 

Latest CHCS Newsletter: December 2020

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Our December 2020 edition contains several important articles, as introduced below:

Christmas Message From The Chair
CHCS Chair Gill Pagliuca summarises a busy year and wishes all members a very happy Christmas and the very best for 2021

Legal Entities And ECHA IT Accounts
To carry out required functions to achieve compliance with the REACH and CLP Regulations, it is necessary to create an ECHA Account. Post-Brexit, certain activities undertaken by GB-based companies using REACH-IT, including REACH registrations, pre-registrations and CLP notifications will no longer be valid once the transition period comes to an end.

ECHA’s Enforcement Forum Pilot Project Examining Compliance With PCN
ECHA’s Enforcement Forum (Forum) has decided on a 2022 pilot project to focus on compliance with Annex VIII of CLP, so called Poison Centre Notification.

SCIP Database Update
The first ‘live’ version of the SCIP database was released in late October this year. This operating version incorporates some changes from the prototype released in February, following input from stakeholders and a dedicated IT user group comprising 60 members. We review its features.

ECHA 2020 SVHC Roadmap ‘Success’
ECHA is claiming to have successfully achieved the outcomes set out in the SVHC Roadmap 2020, delivering “achievements beyond expectations”, including the main objective to have all known substances of very high concern (SVHC) included in the Candidate List.

Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP)
58 substances are planned for evaluation by EU Member States under the 2021-2023 CoRAP. Just eight are planned for evaluation in 2021, with the remaining 50 scheduled for evaluation in 2022 and 2023.

The Classification & Labelling (C&L) Inventory
The Commission services along with ECHA intend to re-design the CLP inventory, following publication of a legislation fitness check questioning its value as a hazard communication tool. One of the issues identified is the frequency of multiple hazard classifications for the same substance.

EUCLEF Database, The European Union Chemical Legislation Finder
Some useful information has been made available concerning the use of the database. We take a look.

Transport Regulation Updates
The modal regulations have been updated within the normal cycles i.e. biennial updates to road, rail, sea and inland waterway, along with the annual update to the IATA Regulations for air transport.

Training Courses & Workshops
Registration is now open for our training courses, published up to June 2021. This article lists all currently available courses.

News From Our Partners
The British Association of Dangerous Goods Professionals (BADGP) is running a "Brexit" webinar in January 2021 - CHCS members can register free-of-charge. 

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Update to Canada GHS (Aligned with 7th Edition)
Regulations Amending the Hazardous Products Regulations (GHS, Seventh Revised Edition) and the Order Amending Schedule 2 to the Hazardous Products Act were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on December 19, 2020.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 26 January 2021]

UK Exit Of EU: Resources To Help As Transition Period Ends
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 11 December 2020]

End Of UK Transition Period – HSE Podcasts Series

HSE is hosting a series of podcasts over the coming months to provide more information on the changes to how chemicals will be regulated from 1 January 2021. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 9 December 2020]

Second Amendment Of Annex VIII of CLP (Poison Centres) Is Published

The second amendment to Annex VIII to CLP, concerning poison centres was published in the Official Journal on 13 November 2020 and entered into force on 14 November 2020. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 23 November 2020]

New "Brexit" Web Pages 
As the end of the transition period is nearly upon us (31 December 2020), and we are starting to learn more about the changes to our own regulations and our future relationships with the EU, we are pleased to present you with several new web pages on specific Brexit-related topics. Please visit our website Brexit page. [Posted on 13 November 2020]

Poison Centre Portal Updated 
The poison centre portal has recently been updated to support amended Annex VIII solutions. In particular, derogations for fuels, construction products (standard formulas) and the cross-sector concept of interchangeable components. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 30 October 2020]

Member States Slowly Starting To Use The New Portal

There are now six Member States that are accepting Annex VIII notifications through the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) portal.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 24 August 2020]

Endocrine Disruptors - 1st CHCS Video

We have produced our first video for members: "Endocrine Disruptors", which is available to members free-of-charge.

This introductory video explains the various components of the human endocrine system and how they interact, to help understand the mechanisms of endocrine disruptors on human systems.

The video is just over 10 minutes long.

To register for access to the video, please visit our video registration page: Endocrine Disruptors Video Registration.

[Posted on 1 July 2019]

News Briefings Summary
  • 22 June 2020
    Option To Anonymise The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI)

  • 26 May 2020
    New ECHA CLP Guidance Documents Published

  • 19 May 2020
    Draft Regulation Amending Article 25 Of CLP

  • 23 April 2020
    Draft Second Amendment to Annex VIII of CLP

  • 23 April 2020
    Reminder: 13th ATP to CLP applicable from 1st May 2020

  • 23 March 2020
    Multilateral Agreements For ADR & RID

  • 17 March 2020
    The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

  • 3 March 2020
    UK Chemical Industry: Regulatory Divergence

  • 2 March 2020
    Corrigendum To the 14th ATP Published

  • 10 February 2020
    Third Corrigendum To ADR 2019 Published

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