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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: March 2021

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Our March 2021 edition contains several important articles, as introduced below:

Message From The Chair
CHCS Chair, Gill Pagliuca introduces a Newsletter detailing some of the many recent regulatory changes, and forthcoming CHCS activities.

UK REACH: New Substance Registration
There are no provisions for pre-registration under UK REACH and pre-registrations previously submitted to ECHA are no longer valid in GB.

Deadline Expired To Maintain An Existing Authorisation Under EU REACH
The transitional arrangements put in place by the UK Government to maintain an existing authorisation granted under EU REACH have now expired.

GB Candidate List Substances of Very High Concern for Authorisation of Use
The existing EU Authorisation list (Annex XIV) has been retained under UK REACH, though entries 44 to 54 are subject to amended ‘latest application dates’ (LADs) of 18 months following the end of the transition period.

UK Arrangements For Poison Centre Notification
The European Union (EU) Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemical Substances and Mixtures (CLP) Regulation was replaced in Great Britain (GB) by the GB CLP Regulation.

Contact Details On GB CLP Labels
According to the GB CLP Regulation, if a substance or a mixture requires a CLP label, the label must bear the name, address and contact details of the GB-based supplier, i.e., the GB-based manufacturer, importer, downstream user or distributor (or NI supplier directly placing goods on the GB market).

HSE eBulletin EU harmonised Classification & Labelling Proposals
HSE has issued a couple of GB CLP ebulletins to inform subscribers of active public consultations on EU harmonised classification and labelling proposals (CLH).

CLP Annex VIII Update
The Annex VIII Guidance has recently been updated to version 4.

The Chemical Universe (Of Registered Substances)
ECHA has created a mapping tool of all registered substances, which they have termed the chemical universe.

The EU Chemicals Legislation Finder
The EU Chemicals Legislation Finder (EUCLEF) has now been extended with the inclusion of 16 additional pieces of European Union chemical legislation.

The EU Chemicals Strategy For Sustainability
The European Commission chemicals strategy for sustainability published late 2020 is part of the European commitment of the European Green Deal.

ECHA Study Report: Restricting Hazardous Chemicals
Restrictions (from use) under the REACH Regulation can limit the manufacturing and use of chemicals or exclude them being placed on the EU market.

Explosive Precursors Regulation
The Explosive Precursors Regulation has been updated and re-issued.

Safe Work Australia, Hazardous Chemical Information System Update
Safe Work Australia has announced that more than 1,200 chemicals have been added or updated on the Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS).

Can You Help CHCS?
CHCS has a number of vacancies on their Committees and on the Council and are looking for volunteers to fill them.

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

News from the British Association of Dangerous Goods Professionals (BADGP) and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication, based in the USA.

Want to find out more?

Want to suggest articles for future editions of the Newsletter? Please contact the CHCS Office (enquiries@chcs.org.uk). We look forward to hearing from you.


CHCS News


ECHA Updates Poison Centre Guidance
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have updated their poison centres guidance document. Now on Version 4.0 the updated document gives information on some of the sector specific workability challenges. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. 
[Posted on 6 April 2021]

CHCS' March 2021 Newsletter is now available, containing important updates on the many recent changes to regulations. See CHCS March 2021 Newsletter. [Posted on 31 March 2021]

Updates to ECHA's Brexit Pages & Q&As
ECHA have updated their Brexit pages and Q&A as well as the guidance on Labelling & Packaging and Annex VIII to CLP. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 17 March 2021]

New CHCS Webinar: “Brexit - Do You Know What You Don't Yet Know?”
Thursday 1st April 2021, 14:00 BST. Free-of-charge for members of CHCS, BADGP and SCHC. Visit the Brexit webinar web-page for more details and to register. 
[Posted on 7 March 2021]

Update From HSE On UK REACH
HSE have published a detailed update on UK REACH with several very useful links. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 5 March 2021]

The GB Mandatory Classification and Labelling (MCL) List includes decisions made in the 14th and 15th ATPs to the EU-CLP Regulation, which are not yet required to be complied with.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 1 February 2021]

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]

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
  • 24 August
    Member States Slowly Starting To Use The New Portal

  • 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

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