No. 13/2009 An updated version of the List of Pre-registered Substances was published today on the ECHA website. It contains around 143,000 substances which were pre-registered by 65,000 companies between 1 June and 1 December 2008. ECHA does not expect all of these substances to be registered.
The Agency has produced previous versions of the list, most recently on 19 December 2008. The new list contains further improvements:
CAS numbers are now provided for some substances that were previously identified only by chemical name
The search functions for the list have been improved
List numbers (in the format of EC numbers) are included for those substances without a current EC number to make registration easier The new list is important for companies who manufacture or import substances and who wish to find the correct SIEF (Substance Information Exchange Forum) for their substance. The list will help verify whether, in reality, certain pre-SIEFS cover the same substance and hence whether they should merge. Finally, it will also help identify similar substances for read-across and formation of chemical categories. As a result, the list will help to ensure that data is shared and hence to minimise animal testing. Please note that the list is made up of pre-registrations submitted by industry. In ECHA’s opinion the list contains many preparations and substances that did not require registration. ECHA advises companies to verify what registrations they need to make.
The fist candidate list has published on 28th , Oct 2008. Next time the candidate list will be updated at end of 2009 or early 2010. The list is planned to be updated twice a year.
The European Commission, through DG Enterprise, has launched two questionnaires that aim to assess the potential economic, social, health and environmental impacts of a number of possible restrictions on the use of cadmium in jewellery and brazing sticks. The work will support a proposal that the European Commission intends to make to further restrict the uses of cadmium by amending Annex XVII of REACH.
From 1 June 2009, REACH Annex XVII on restrictions on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain dangerous substances, preparations and articles will replace the marketing and use Directive, which already lists various restrictions on cadmium and its compounds.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) organised a workshop to discuss the implementation of the Authorisation process under REACH on 21 – 22 January 2009. It was attended by representatives of the Agency, EU Member States and the European Commission. The objective of the workshop was to reach a general understanding of the aims and scope of the REACH authorisation process which entered into force on 1 June 2008. The discussion focused in particular on the role of the Candidate and Authorisation Lists and factors that should be taken into account when deciding on the most effective option (authorisation, restriction or other EU legislation) to manage the risks from chemical substances of very high concern. The workshop proceedings summarise the main outcomes and recommendations of the workshop. The document contains also all workshop presentations.
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