ECHA NEWS - Survey

Newsletter 07 July 2021: Survey on applications for authorisation

ECHA has launched a survey asking stakeholders for their feedback on the implementation of the REACH authorisation application and opinion process.

The survey is addressed to all interested and involved parties. However, applicants have already received separate surveys on REACH-IT.

This general stakeholder survey is intended to give all interested parties the opportunity to share their views and to help ECHA identify ways to improve the application and opinion-forming process and the resulting opinions.

We would be very pleased to receive your response by 23 August 2021.


ECHA News - Occupational exposure limit values

Newsletter 14 July 2021: Occupational exposure limit values for asbestos and cadmium

RAC opinions on scientific assessments for asbestos and cadmium

The Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) has issued opinions on the assessment of occupational exposure limits (OELs) for asbestos and for cadmium and its inorganic compounds.

On asbestos, the opinion describes how the level of excess cancer risk depends on the concentration of mixed asbestos fibres in air (the exposure-response relationship). This will assist the Commission in reviewing the current occupational exposure limit.

RAC pointed out that the use of all types of asbestos fibres is already banned in the EU and strict control measures apply to asbestos removal work, but that occupational exposure can still occur, for example in uncontrolled demolition or maintenance work involving old asbestos products.


ECHA News: Classification of PFOS published

Newsletter 21 July 2021: Intention to restrict per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) submitted.

Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have submitted their intention to restrict the production, placing on the market and use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) (EC/CAS -) on July 15, 2021. We expect to receive their proposal for restrictions by July 15, 2022.

The five countries have launched a survey on PFASs and their alternatives and are seeking more information for the proposed restriction. The deadline for comments is September 19, 2021.

A final regulatory options analysis document (RMOA) is also available on the ECHA website.