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  • Food:

EU adhesives and sealants body submitted guidance on MOH migration in FCMs.

The Association of the European Adhesive and Sealant Industry (FEICA) has published a guidance document on how to evaluate the potential migration of adhesives containing mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOHs) from food contact materials (FCMs).

The goal is to aid adhesive producers and users in the compliance with the rules on MOH release into food under article 3 of the EU FCM regulation.

EU authorities and experts have recognised printing inks used on graphic or newsprint paper as a major contributor to the presence of the substances in recycled paper, which can leech into packaged food, causing concerns over consumer safety.

This is further complicated, FEICA said, by the difficulties of MOH analysis in adhesive raw materials such as waxes, resins and oligomers.

The guidance appears ahead of the European Commission’s long-delayed proposal to redraft the FCM regulation which will not be ready until at least 2025.


  • Cosmetics:

European Commission presented regulatory action on more nanomaterials used in cosmetics.

The European Commission has changed its draft regulation concerning measures for certain nanomaterials in cosmetics products by adding a proposal to ban colloidal silver (nano) and to restrict hydroxyapatite (nano).

The move alters a February 2022 draft text that initiated a ban on five nanomaterials, or groups of them, which resurfaced almost seven years after the EU executive first launched a call for data on some of the substances.

The draft, which amends the cosmetics products regulation, now includes the following substances in Annex II – the list of those forbidden for use:

– styrene/acrylates copolymer (nano) and sodium styrene/acrylates copolymer (nano);

– copper (nano) and colloidal copper (nano);

– colloidal silver (nano);

– gold (nano), colloidal gold (nano), gold thioethylamino hyaluronic acid (nano) and acetyl heptapeptide-9 colloidal gold (nano); and

– platinum (nano), colloidal platinum (nano) and acetyl tetrapeptide-17 colloidal platinum (nano).

The Commission has proposed introduction of hydroxyapatite (nano)  given that potential risk to human health arises from the use of the chemical when the concentration surpass certain levels or when it is used in sprayable products that might lead to exposure of the consumer’s lungs to nanoparticles by inhalation.

The EU executive is therefore planning to restrict it to a maximum concentration of 10% in toothpaste and of 0.465% in mouthwash.

For all these substances, the EU executive is suggesting a transition period of nine months after the regulation’s entry into force for industry to stop placing cosmetics products that contain them on the market.

There have been many developments on substances of concern in cosmetics products recently: in February, trade association Cosmetics Europe released a free online database where consumers can find information about 30,000 cosmetics ingredients.


The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has submitted a draft about concentration limits for the use of methyl salicylate in cosmetics for use by children.

Methyl salicylate is frequently used in fragrances, as a flavouring agent and as a soothing agent in oral hygiene products.

The substance is classified as reprotoxic (category 2) under CLP, triggering regulatory measures under the cosmetics regulation.

In its draft opinion, published on 16 May, the committee expands on its 2021 opinion, concluding that methyl salicylate is safe in certain cosmetics for children of six months to three years, used in concentrations of up to 0.02%. The conclusion explicitly covers shower gel, hand soap, shampoo, body lotion, face cream, hand cream and lip products.


ECHA recommended eight substances for REACH authorisation

–    Ethylenediamine;

–    2-(4-tertbutylbenzyl)propionaldehyde and its individual stereoisomers;

–    Lead;

–    Glutaral;

–    2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one;

–    2-benzyl-2- dimethylamino-4’-morpholinobutyrophenone;

–    Diisohexyl phthalate; and

–    Orthoboric acid, sodium salt.



List of notifications to Review Programme updated

An updated list of substance and product-type combinations notified to Review Programme is now available. It contains the names of the notifying companies to help you collaborate when submitting an application for active substance approval. This can help you avoid unnecessary testing on animals.


Member States’ plans to submit assessment reports

It has been published a table with an overview of dates when evaluating competent authorities are planning to submit assessment reports for biocidal active substance approvals or renewals. The Biocidal Products Committee assesses these reports in their opinion-forming. The table will be updated regularly.


Commission decisions on Union authorisations

The European Commission has granted Union authorisations for:

  • Biocidal product family C(M)IT/MIT formulations
  • Single biocidal product Arche Chlorine



EU member states approve microplastics restriction proposal

EU member states have approved the European Commission’s proposal to restrict intentionally added microplastics in products.

The Commission can now send the proposal to the European Parliament and the Council, which have three-month to analyze the text. If they do not raise objections within that time period, the proposal will enter into force.

The EU executive set out the scope of the restriction in a draft published last September, after nearly six years in the making. The proposal is regarded as being one of the most complex chemical bans prepared in the EU.

The Commission’s latest draft made some amendments to ECHA’s prior proposal,which include allowing an increase in the size of particles covered, more generous transition periods of up to 12 years and exemptions for uses at industrial sites and medicinal products.

Industry has welcomed the more realistic deadlines set out in the proposal to allow for the development of alternatives, and the exclusion of soluble or biodegradable polymers. But it continues to regard the scope as being too broad and difficult to enforce, with methods to detect microplastics in products yet to be agreed.


European Commission considers future polymer registration plans

The European Commission keep on discussing information requirements and timelines for polymer notification and registration under REACH while stakeholders anxiously wait for the publication of the delayed revision proposal for the Regulation.

The REACH revision proposal, due by the end of the year, will contain the basic provisions for polymers. However, the exact details of what information registrants should submit in the registration phase is not likely to be part of the proposal this year.

Meanwhile, the Commission has come up with several options. One of these, concerning registration, is that after the amended Regulation enters into force, companies would have at least eight years to register low molecular weight (MW) polymers (type 1), and at least 12 years for medium and high MW polymers (types 2 and 3). Collectively they are known as polymers requiring registration (PRRs) and would be those manufactured or imported in quantities above one tonne a year.

There are between 70,000 and 400,000 polymers on the EU market with a figure of 200,000 used as a “working average”. With the scope of helping industry and ECHA process registrations for this vast number, the Commission will ask for polymers to be registered in groups. For these, the idea would be that the group and total tonnage determines the tonnage threshold.

A mandatory notification phase will precede the registration stage. The Commission’s current thinking is that after the Regulation’s entry into force, notifications must be made immediately for new polymers, whereas companies with those substances already on the market will have three years to notify.

While the exact type of information companies must deliver is to be determined, it could include:

  • Basic identification (names and identifiers);
  • Chemical composition of polymeric and non-polymeric parts;
  • Structural information;
  • Information allowing Echa to define grouping criteria; and
  • Optional information, such as physico-chemical, (eco)toxicological, environmental fate, and bioavailability properties.


Notification and registration overview

Step 1: notification (PRR/non-PRR identification and information required for grouping) for all manufactured or imported polymers above one tonne

Step 2: Echa defines grouping criteria

Step 3: grouping by industry

Step 4: registration for type 1 PRRs

Step 5: registration for PPR types 2 and 3


Derogations possible for fluoropolymers in EU PFAS restriction proposal

The relevant authorities could consider derogations for fluoropolymers in the EU’s universal PFAS restriction proposal if it can be proven that they degrade at the end of their lifecycle.

the EU proposal aims for a full ban, including polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), the most prominent one in the group with a wide range of applications, including non-stick coating on pots and pans, wire insulation for aircraft parts and lubrication products for musical instruments.

The EU proposal derogates applications such as medical devices that are manufactured from PTFE due to a lack of alternatives.

The fluoropolymers industry has objected to the inclusion of the chemicals in the scope of the restriction proposal.


ECHA’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) supports the proposed restriction on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in firefighting foams. The draft opinion of the Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) is open for consultation until 15 May.

RAC has adopted its opinion on the proposal to restrict the marketing authorisation, use and formulation of all PFAS in firefighting foams, after sector-specific transition periods.

With 470 tonnes of PFAS released into the environment every year, the committee came to a close that there is an EU-wide risk for people and the environment from their use in firefighting foams. The proposed restriction would effectively decrease emissions and the associated risks caused by these persistent substances. The committee’s concerns are based on the ‘very persistent’ property combined with others, such as ‘mobility’.



ECHA’s Enforcement Forum agreed to run a pilot project to check for the presence of restricted perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) and related substances in consumer products such as cosmetics.

Inspections in this pilot project starts in 2023 and continue throughout 12 participating countries during 2024. The goal is to protect consumers from being exposed to PFCAs and related substances, as well as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which have been highlighted as substances of very high concern due to their hazardous properties.

The project will also bring awareness about the restrictions under the REACH and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) regulations among companies that sell cosmetics and other consumer products. It was triggered by cases of PFOA, the use of which is restricted under the POPs Regulation, found in cosmetics sold on the EU market.

Inspectors can enforce restrictions under the REACH or POPs Regulation, as applicable. Where breaches are detected, inspectors will take enforcement measures to guarantee compliance with the applicable legislation. The project report should be published at the end of 2024.

PFOA and related substances are outlawed in the EU market under the POPs Regulation. Cosmetics are not excluded from this prohibition. REACH also restricts the use of PFCAs as substances on their own as well as in mixtures and articles. Furthermore, REACH specifically outlaws the use of certain substances that are toxic to aquatic life in wash off cosmetics.



On March 31, It was published in the Official Journal on “Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2023/707 of 19 December 2022 amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 as regards the criteria and hazard classes for the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures”.

The Regulation, which amends Annexes I, II, III and VI of the CLP, introduces the following new hazard classes, with relevant H and P phrases and classification criteria for substances and mixtures:

– Endocrine interference for human health

– Interference with the endocrine system for the environment

– Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic or very persistent and very bioaccumulative properties

– Persistent, mobile and toxic or very persistent and very mobile properties

For all hazard classes, the Regulation provides the following dates of application:

– Substances: are classified by 1 May 2025 at the latest; however, substances placed on the market before 1 May 2025 shall not be classified until 1 November 2026.

– Mixtures: they are classified by 1 May 2026 at the latest; however, mixtures placed on the market before 1 May 2026 are not subject to classification until 1 May 2028.


  • È disponibile un file contenente i Valori Limite di Esposizione Professionale definiti dall’American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®) per le normative nazionali ed europee, aggiornato all’edizione 2023 dei valori limite di esposizione professionale. Questo file rappresenta uno strumento di lavoro utile per le imprese



  • CONAI ha predisposto un documento di supporto alle imprese per veicolare le informazioni relative all’etichettatura ambientale degli imballaggi tramite canali digitali.
  • CONAI ha predisposto un documento di supporto alle imprese contenente una mappatura internazionale sull’etichettatura dell’imballaggio ai fini della raccolta differenziata
  • CONAI ha reso disponibile il nuovo strumento “Codice Imballaggio”, che attraverso un questionario aiuta l’utente ad individuare, per le più diffuse tipologie di imballaggio, la voce e il codice di dichiarazione nonché il corrispondente valore unitario del Contributo ambientale CONAI e l’eventuale fascia contributiva in vigore dal 2018 in poi.


  • Il Comitato Nazionale dell’Albo gestori ambientali ha emanato la delibera n. 1 del 13 febbraio 2023, che introduce la possibilità (dal 15 giugno 2023) per le imprese di dimostrare la propria iscrizione all’Albo non solo attraverso l’esibizione agli enti di controllo del documento cartaceo, ma anche con un QR code generato nell’area riservata del sito web dell’Albo nazionale gestori ambientali. Il QR code contiene i dati identificativi dell’impresa iscritta, il numero di iscrizione, le categorie di iscrizione con i veicoli iscritti ed il dettaglio dei codici CER autorizzati. Gli enti di controllo potranno quindi verificare l’iscrizione utilizzando un’apposita applicazione per dispositivi mobili, che inquadrerà il QR code esibito dall’impresa in formato digitale o cartaceo.
  • Il Comitato nazionale dell’Albo nazionale gestori ambientali ha approvato il calendario delle verifiche per Responsabili Tecnici (art. 13 c. 1 DM 120/2014) per l’anno 2023.



  • È stata avviata la prima fase di consultazione delle parti sociali sugli aggiornamenti programmati per la Direttiva Cancerogeni, Mutageni e Reprotossici (Direttiva 2004/37/CE); in particolare è in discussione: − l’inserimento di valori limite di esposizione professionale per il cobalto e i suoi composti inorganici, gli idrocarburi policiclici aromatici (IPA), l’isoprene e l’1,4-diossano; − l’inclusione dei fumi di saldatura nell’Allegato I della Direttiva, che riporta un elenco di sostanze, miscele e procedimenti definiti cancerogeni. In questo contesto, è stato affidato ad un consorzio di società (RPA, COWI etc) il compito di svolgere degli studi sugli impatti che queste introduzioni avrebbero per le imprese europee; per raccogliere le informazioni utili allo studio d’impatto, sono stati definiti alcuni questionari. Dal momento che i risultati di questi studi d’impatto, unitamente alle opinioni del RAC sulle sostanze, saranno la base per i prossimi step dell’iter normativo, si invitano le imprese interessate a rispondere ai relativi questionari entro venerdì 10 marzo 2023.


Trasporto Merci Pericolose:

  • È stata presentata la Monografia ADR 2023 e il Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti ha confermato importanti informazioni riguardo le esenzioni dalla nomina del consulente ADR.
  • Bruxelles, 2 febbraio – Si è riunito il Network fo Expert Transport & Safety del Cefic per definire la posizione dell’industria chimica sui diversi documenti di modifica ai Regolamenti per il trasporto interno di merci pericolose in discussione



  • ECHA ha pubblicato la versione aggiornata del work program del Comitato sui prodotti biocidi (BPC) che tuttavia comprende solo la programmazione del 2023.
  • Nell’ambito del Regolamento Biocidi, sul sito di ECHA è stata aperta una consultazione pubblica sul 2,2-dibromo-2- cyanoacetamide (DBNPA) per il PT 6 come potenziale candidato alla sostituzione. La consultazione, il cui scopo è di raccogliere informazioni sulla disponibilità di sostituti o alternative alla sostanza attiva in questione è aperta fino al 25 marzo 2023.
  • È stato pubblicato in Gazzetta Ufficiale il Comunicato del Ministero della Salute relativo all’Elenco dei presidi medico chirurgici che sono stati registrati o di cui sia stata autorizzata la variazione dell’autorizzazione all’immissione in commercio dal 1° gennaio 2022 al 31 dicembre 2022.



  • Il 7 febbraio sul sito di ECHA è stato pubblicato il dossier di allegato XV contenente la proposta di restrizione sui PFAS, a cui seguirà una consultazione pubblica di 6 mesi che si aprirà il 22 marzo. Il dossier si compone di un documento centrale, 7 allegati e 3 appendici: la proposta prevede un divieto totale con deroghe limitate nel tempo per uso specifico (periodo di transizione di 18 mesi più un periodo di deroga di cinque o 12 anni).
  • È stata aperta la terza call for evidence dell’ECHA sul PVC e i suoi additivi. In particolare, in questa fase l’Agenzia chiede informazioni sulle alternative al PVC e a un sottoinsieme di additivi del PVC utilizzati come stabilizzanti termici, plastificanti e ritardanti di fiamma (“additivi nel focus”). La consultazione si chiuderà il 31 marzo 2023.
  • L’8 febbraio 2023 l’Agenzia delle Accise, Dogane e Monopoli ha pubblicato una circolare contenente disposizioni per gli operatori economici che importano prodotti da extra-UE in relazione alle sostanze soggette all’allegato XVII del REACH (restrizioni). Tali disposizioni sono entrate in vigore il 10 febbraio 2023.
  • Il 15 febbraio ECHA ha aperto una “call for evidence” per le sostanze classificate come CMR di categoria 1A o 1B nell’allegato VI, parte 3, del CLP negli articoli di puericoltura. L’obiettivo è di raccogliere dati utili a chiarire la necessità di una restrizione. La consultazione è aperta fino al 31 marzo 2023.
  • Il 17 febbraio è stata aperta una consultazione pubblica relativa all’identificazione come SVHC del bis(4-chlorophenyl) sulphone e del Diphenyl(2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl)phosphine oxide. Entro il 3 aprile 2023 è possibile presentare commenti, che riguardino in particolare l’identità della sostanza e le sue proprietà.
  • La guida di ECHA su monomeri e polimeri è stata rivista per allinearsi a una decisione della commissione di ricorso (Board of appeal) di giugno del 2021 (Case number: A-001-2020); la revisione ha comportato modifiche alla descrizione degli obblighi di registrazione per coloro che importano e fabbricano polimeri e monomeri.
  • Sul sito di ECHA è stata pubblicata la versione aggiornata delle raccomandazioni per le imprese per conformarsi ai requisiti del Regolamento REACH e garantire l’uso sicuro delle sostanze chimiche. In particolare, tali raccomandazioni si concentrano sull’evitare la sperimentazione sugli animali, fornendo in particolare consigli sul read-across.


Sostanze e Miscele Pericolose:

  • Sul sito di ECHA è stata pubblicata la proposta di classificazione ed etichettatura armonizzata per: − fosthiazate (ISO); S-sec-butyl O-ethyl (2-oxo-1,3-thiazolidin3-yl)phosphonothioate (CAS 98886-44-3). La proposta prevede la classificazione come Repr. 2 (H361fd), Lact. (H362), Acute Tox. 3 (H331) con Inhalation: ATE = 0.53 mg/L (dusts or mists), Acute Tox. 3 (H311) con Dermal: ATE = 861 mg/kg bw, Acute Tox. 3 (H301) con Oral: ATE = 57 mg/kg bw, STOT SE 1 (H370 – nervous system), STOT RE 2 (H373 – adrenals), Eye Irrit. 2 (H319), Skin Sens. 1 (H317), Aquatic Acute 1 (H400) con M = 1 e Aquatic Chronic 1 (H410) e M = 1. Attualmente la sostanza è in Allegato VI del CLP con la classificazione come Acute Tox. 3* (H301), Acute Tox. 4* (H312), Acute Tox. 3* (H331), Skin Sens. 1 (H317), Aquatic Acute 1 (H400) e Aquatic Chronic 1 (H410). La sostanza è utilizzata come principio attivo fitosanitario.
  • Sul sito di ECHA è stato pubblicato il parere del RAC sulla classificazione armonizzata dell’Argento metallico e suoi composti.


New IUCLID pharmaceutical datasets support alternatives to animal testing

ECHA has published IUCLID structured datasets for 348 approved pharmaceuticals, with results from non-clinical animal studies and human information.

Helsinki, 24 January 2023 – The new datasets provides robust pharmaceutical information for industry and research in a structured format. They support toxicity assessment of structurally similar chemicals in order to decrease the dependency on animal testing.

They can also be utilized to develop predictive models and to analyse correlations based on animal and human data. Users can assess the relevance of animal models to humans by comparing results of animal tests with effects in humans.

Ofelia Bercaru, ECHA’s Director of Prioritisation and Integration claimed:

“We welcome the datasets as one further step to combine and assess available data on chemicals. The data will be useful for developing read-across or weight of evidence approaches and supports our reinforced priority to reduce the need for animal testing.”

The datasets relied on extracting animal and human data from files offered by the United States’ Food and Drug Administration. These included studies related to carcinogenicity as well as repeat-dose, developmental and reproductive toxicity. They also have information on the effects medicines have on humans, extracted from standard product labels of approved drugs.

Later in 2023, a total of 530 datasets for pharmaceuticals will be available. A scientific paper will also be released later this year to give details on their development and architecture.



Changes to completeness checks of REACH registrations.

The European Commission revised some of the information prerequisites for registering chemicals under REACH in 2021 and 2022. As of 1 May 2023, ECHA will start checking both new registrations and updates to existing ones against the changed requirements.

Helsinki, 23 January 2023 – ECHA carries out a completeness check on each incoming registration as set out in Article 20(2) of the REACH Regulation.

The new and amended checks will take effect as of 1 May 2023 and will apply to both new registrations and updates of existing ones. Registrants should, therefore, prepare for the changes as registrations presented before may no longer pass the completeness check.

The new and amended checks concern:

  1. Substance identity: guaranteeing correct and consistent identification of a substance’s boundary composition and its constituents and additives determined by clarifications made to Annex VI.
  2. Standard information requirements based on Annexes VII-XI: supporting registrants in reporting information for endpoints regarding mutagenicity, degradation and aquatic toxicity based on Annex VII-XI information requirements. Registrants adding a new weight-of-evidence adaptation will be prompted to give arguments for the approach in a more structured format.

Alongside, limited revisions have been made to the completeness check in other areas, such as use information.

The IUCLID validation assistant will also be updated with the amended completeness check rules when the new version of IUCLID is released at the end of April 2023. Registrants are prompted to utilize the validation assistant to check their registrations before presenting them to ECHA.