SPERCs: Specific Environmental Release Categories - Update of Cefic guideline and A.I.S.E. factsheets
9 October - Cefic has updated the SPERC guidance.
25 October - A.I.S.E. updated its SPERC's factsheets.
Reach: 2,900 chemicals to register by 2013
2,900 substances should be registered by the next REACH
deadline. Preparations are further ahead compared to the first deadline
in 2010. The list of substances is based on a survey and should help
chemical users to see whether their supply is likely to be
ECHA publishes a practial guide for
downstream users on exposure scenario's
The new guide for downstream users provides tips for checking whether
the uses and conditions of a chemical substance are covered by exposure
scenario's provided by suppliers with the Safety Data Sheet. It
includes advice on the action to take based on the outcome of this
check. The publication has been developed with input from the
Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-Ordination Group (DUCC), in
particular with regard to the practical examples. A.I.S.E. examples are
also available in this guidance.
26 June 2012 - Options for electronic delivery of a Safety Data Sheet
(SDS) and the Exposure Scenario's in Annex.
CEFIC-DUCC-FECC has published a paper on the possibility to provide
SDS's using modern communication tools. It explores a number of
practical points to bear in mind when setting up such systems. Please click here for more information.
21 June 2012 - DU CSA/CSR
DUCC has recently published the "Report on experience gained with
performing a Downstream User Chemical Safety Assessment (DU CSA) and
developing a Downstream User Chemical Safety Report (DU CSR)". This
document is available on the DUCC website under the menu
"Activities/Use and Exposure Information"
19 June 2012 - Laura Portugal presented the conclusions of the pilot
exercise on DU
CSA which DUCC has carried out to identify the advantages and
disadvantages associated with preparing a downstream user chemical
safety assessment. During its pilot project, the group found that a
downstream user chemical safety report was only possible if good
quality information is sent to the downstream user by the supplier.
Expertise "in risk assessment, exposure assessment tools and hazard
assessment " is also necessary at a downstream user's level.
Webform for DU Report is published
08 June 2012 - Please access the press release at the above link
Reach Review Update
The Commission is currently analysing the information
collected in the course of the REACH Review. Given the volume of
information and the complexity of the matter, this is a time-consuming,
however good progress is being made. The outcome of the
Review, when adopted by the Commission, will be presented to the
public. The report is on course to be finalised at the end of Summer
Update of Institutional and Industrial Use
objective of updating the Use Mapping Tables was to correct
inconsistencies, to reduce the number of individual uses in order to
facilitate the exposure assessment by registrants, and to provide more
clarity on the use descriptor assignment. The table was also split in
two parts, in order to be more consistent with the substance life cycle
approach of REACH: one table for Institutional uses (professional-SU22)
and one table for Industrial uses (SU3). As a result, some use
descriptors and conditions of uses have been modified.
ENES - Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios
A.I.S.E. and DUCC participated in the 2nd meeting of ENES, in Helsinki.
The meeting focused on "realistic risk management measures for the
environment" and topics like spERCs -the specific Environmental Release
Categories - and environmental scaling were the top
Sylvie Lemoine, A.I.S.E. provided a presentation on the
"Lessons learnt from 2010 registrations and suggested improvements from
the DU perspective". The creation process, format and content of an
exposure scenario were discussed, focussing on environmental
assessment. ECHA and industry are now discussing how to implement some
recommendations made at this meeting.
Exposure Scenario Workshops (ES): 25th
April , UKCPI and the 18th June, DETIC
webinar on the "DU obligations"
The ECHA webinar was focused on
"reminders on how to get
ready for May 2013" and the "tools available for downstream users". It
also included practical examples of comparing the exposure scenarios
received and the DU use and "real" conditions of use.
ECHA support for DU's
ECHA has launched a dedicated webpage to
support DU's. It includes FAQ, information on roles and obligations, DU
CSA/CSR section, support for communication in the supply
12 March 2012 - CEFIC - DUCC - FECC have
published a letter and fact sheet on use communication regarding 2013
registrations. The advice for companies is to follow the "top-down
approach", i.e. manufacturers/importers should inform down-stream users
on the uses that they intend to cover in their registration. Please click here to visit the documents.
on processes in companies after receiving and (extended) SDS
Cefic has published a document on how to handle the information from
the main body of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS), regardless of whether the
SDS is extended or not.
The main goal is to support companies in the management of the
compliance with the incoming (ext-)SDS.
DUCC has recently updated the UseR (Use Reporting) template by adding a
new column for DU to report the concentration of the substance in their
mixture. This is an optional parameter, to be filled by each company,
if considered relevant. Please visit the UserR Template link
above for more information.
launches world's largest C&L inventory
has launched on its website the Public Classification &
(C&L) Inventory. The database contains basic classification and
labelling information on 90,000 substances notified and registered in
over three million submissions from manufacturers and importers. It
claims to be the largest inventory of its kind in the world.
Lemoine was interviewed by Chemical Watch on this topic. Additionally
A.I.S.E. provided to its members with advice on how to evaluate the
information available in the C&L inventory with the main
that the C&L Inventory is a source of information and should
used as a legal reference.
Guidance on the compilation of Safety Data
Corrigendum of the SDS guidance. Please
note that footnote 25 on page
24 has been corrected by expanding it to include a full listing of
hazard classes or categories under (b), (c), (d) as well as those under
(a) which are already given. In the discussion of M-factors for mixture
components under 3.2 on page 51 a reference to preference for listing
in 2.1 (which applies for substances) has been corrected to clarify
that for mixtures M-factors for components should be indicated together
with their classification information under 3.2.
December 2011 - Sameness proposals SIPs and Lead Registrants for
inorganic phosphates for REACH Registration in 2013 Transport
Classifications for all inorganic phosphates. The Inorganic
Phosphates (IP) Consortium is proceeding with preparation of 2013 REACH
Registration dossiers (>100 tonnes/year) for 18 inorganic phosphate
substances. More information on these substances is availabe by clicking here
24-25 November 2011
Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios
Programme and presentation of this workshop on exposure scnearios are
available under ECHA website.
21 October 2011
- Cefic DUCC workshop on Exposure scenarios
The workshop offered 250 participants, representing manufacturers,
importers and downstream users of chemicals, practical advice on how to
interpret information on chemicals safety received from their suppliers.
6 October 2011
document on late pre-registration
document gives guidance on the late pre-registration process, including
practical information on how to submit a late pre-registration.
23 September 2011
ACT NOW! REACH 2013
ECHA launch a new page on its website for next 2013 registration
21 September 2011
analyses new subtances not registered in 2010 despite the
agency carried out a survey to know the reason for non registration in
2010 of some of the 1500 substances. The coordinated efforts of ECHA,
industry associations and Member State Competent Authorities have to
date produced information for over 1200 substances and the explanations
are given in the list. ECHA was unable to trace the reason for
non-registration for the remainder of the substances due to lack of
31 August 2011
publishes new examples on exposure scenario
support companies in complying with one of their new obligations under
REACH, ECHA has developed practical examples of how to generate
exposure scenarios (ESs) together with A.I.S.E. and the construction
5 August 2011
ECHA announces new
version of Chesar CSR-preparation tool
1.2 can now be downloaded from the Chesar website. The updated version
enables users to
generate exposure scenarios for communication with downstream users.
These exposure scenarios can be annexed to the extended safety sata
sheet. It also enables the registrant to create a full chemical safety
report (CSR), once the
hazard assessment and exposure assessment are finalised. Further
changes from the last version are outlined in the Chesar 1.2 release
notes. As with previous versions, Chesar 1.2 can be installed on IUCLID
13 July 2011
to communicate in the supply chain on extended SDS for substance II
document has been jointly prepared by Cefic, Concawe, FECC and DUCC. It
provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions
regarding the communication of extended SDS in the supply chain. It
also includes a check-list for those receiving an extended SDS.
8 July 2011
pages for downstream users in 22 EU languages
6 July 2011
to request full registration numbers in case of an inspection
This letter aims to provide companies with a standard/template to send
to their suppliers when inspectors ask for a full registration number
if it is truncated in the received SDS.
30 June 2011
measurements of enzymes for risk assessment of spray products
The REACH regulation requires that adequate control of risks be
demonstrated for identified uses of substances. Exposure of spray
products containing enzymes for consumers and professionals should be
27 May 2011
Standard is now available on the Cefic Website
The European Industry has recognised the importance of using harmonised
phrases and IT standard for Exposure Scenario communication under
REACH. A catalogue with standard phrases for Exposure Scenario
communication has been prepared by different industry sectors,
associations and companies. IT providers together with industry have
also developed an XML standard for communication between different IT