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Latest CHCS Newsletter: October 2019

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Chemical Hazards Communication Society, CHCS, October 2019 NewsletterOur October edition contains several important articles, as introduced below:

Annex II Amendment Regulation On The Requirements For Safety Data Sheets

A draft regulation updating Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH) on the requirements for safety data sheets (SDS) was submitted for consultation in Europe on 12 September. This article looks at the proposed changes. 

EU Commission To Update The REACH Annexes To Include Data Requirements For Endocrine Disruptors

The European Commission (Commission) is proposing to update the REACH Annexes to include data requirements on endocrine disruption, as part of the European Commission framework: ‘Towards a comprehensive European Union framework on endocrine disruptors’ (November 2018). The article examines the process of updating the Annexes.

A Consortium Of NGOs Submit Comments On Polymer Registration To CARACAL

A consortium of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have issued a joint statement on the REACH registration of polymers to CARACAL, the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP.  This article provides a background to polymers and reports on the contents of the NGOs statement.

REACH Evaluation Joint Action Plan

In September, the Commission published news that the REACH Committee have agreed a proposal to increase compliance checks on registration dossiers from the current target of 5% to 20%. The Commission intend to proceed with this objective by year end, following a scrutiny period of the European Parliament and the Council.

Special News Report: "Titanium Dioxide - Stakeholders Demand An Impact Assessment"

Towards the end of August, CHCS reported that the European Commission (COM) had ratified the draft 14th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation. The Commission concluded that the comments received from stakeholders did not justify amending the draft ATP on the classification of titanium dioxide (TiO2), as no new information of any significance had been presented to challenge the scientific Opinion of ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee (RAC).

However, the decision has triggered another coordinated and impressive effort by industry stakeholders to intervene in the decision-making process. A letter urging the COM to undertake an impact assessment “before deciding on the proposed classification of TiO2 to bring full clarity” was sent to the deputy Secretary-General mid-September. It was endorsed by almost 300 manufacturers and trade associations, adding their stamp to the petition, by inclusion of their company logos.

This Special Report provides an in-depth look at this issue.


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CHCS News


CHCS Statement On Coronavirus / COVID-19
In response to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, we have prepared a statement on how we are responding to the challenges this raises. You can read the current statement at: Coronavirus / COVID-19. We will update this as and when necessary[Updated on 19 May 2020]

Option To Anonymise The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI)
The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) generator has been updated to allow companies to chose not to use their company VAT number to create their UFIs.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 22 June 2020]

New ECHA CLP Guidance Documents Published 1) Guidance on labelling and packaging
2) Guidance on harmonised information relating to emergency health response.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 26 May 2020]

Draft Regulation Amending Article 25 Of CLP
The Draft Commission Delegated Regulation amending Article 25 of Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures as regards bespoke paints is now available. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 19 May 2020]

Draft Second Amendment to Annex VIII of CLP
The European Commission have published the Draft Commission Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. This is the second amendment to Annex VIII of CLP, otherwise known as poison centres. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 23 April 2020]

Reminder: 13th ATP to CLP applicable from 1st May 2020
The 13th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) is applicable from 1 May 2020 and contains updated classification and labeling for a number of substances. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 23 April 2020]

CHCS 2020 AGM & Annual Industry Lectures

Our annual event will take place:

on: Wednesday 25 November 2020

at: Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport

CHCS members free-of-charge. Non-members can Join CHCS, then register.

Register now at: CHCS 2020 AGM & Annual Industry Lectures. [Posted on 30 January 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
  • 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

  • 13 January 2020
    Poison Centres - Annex VIII amendment published

  • 21 November 2019
    CHCS 2019 AGM & Annual Lectures: Presentations Now Available

  • 21 November 2019
    Commission Directive (EU) 2019/1831 Establishes  A 5th List Of Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs)

  • 12 November 2019
    ECHA publishes draft CoRAP for 2020-2022

  • 22 October 2019
    GHS Revision 8

  • 21 October 2019
    Model Regulations, 21st Revised Edition

  • 20 October 2020
    IATA Publishes Significant Changes To The 61st Edition Of The Dangerous Goods Regulations

  • 20 October 2019
    CHCS October 2019 Newsletter Now Published

  • 1 October 2019
    Draft amendment to REACH Annex II

  • 30 September 2019
    Poison Centre First Deadline To Be Postponed

  • 23 September 2019
    Updated advice for UK-based companies intending to export chemicals listed in the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation to EU countries in the period immediately following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

  • 28 August 2019
    14th ATP To CLP: Outcomes For TiO2, Cobalt & DPTA

  • 22 July 2019
    Draft Amendment To "Poison Centre" Regulations

  • 22 July 2019
    Possible Annex VIII to CLP Extension?

  • 29 June 2019
    Workability Issues: Notification to Poison Centres

  • 24 June 2019
    Eurotunnel publishes 2019 guidance

    CHCS Members can read these News items, and older posts, on the CHCS News Briefings page.

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