ECHA to Align Guidance with REACH Nanomaterials Reports

The agency will update its guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment later this year. Its Committee for Risk Assessment also has adopted four opinions on proposed harmonized classification and labeling of industrial chemicals and pesticide active ingredients across Europe.

The European Chemicals Agency's Committee for Risk Assessment has adopted four opinions on proposals for harmonized classification and labeling of industrial chemicals and pesticide active ingredients across Europe. The opinions announced March 13 concern Proquinazid, a fungicide; Amidosulfuron, a herbicide; Tebufenpyrad, used as a horticultural acaricide (used for killing ticks and mites); and 1,1',1''-nitrilotripropan-2-ol (TIPA), a chemical intermediate used as an additive in concrete and cement, in plastics and in fuels. It is used in metalworking fluids, coatings and adhesives, detergents and cleaners, wood protection formulations, personal care products, and laboratory chemicals.

ECHA also announced recently that it will update its guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment later this year to align them with two European Commission REACH Implementation Projects on Nanomaterials. Registrants may find it useful to refer to those two reports when preparing registration dossiers covering nanomaterials, the Helsinki, Finland-based agency said. The next REACH registration deadline is May 31, 2013.

The committee agreed during a March 6-9 meeting with a UK proposal to classify Proquinazid as a suspected human carcinogen and hazardous for the aquatic environment, with an Austrian proposal to classify Amidosulfuron as hazardous for the aquatic environment, and with Germany's proposal to classify Tebufenpyrad as acutely toxic through both the oral and inhalation routes, as sensitising to skin and hazardous to the aquatic environment. RAC additionally agreed that Tebufenpyrad should be classified as toxic through repeated exposure. None of the three had been harmonized until now at the EU level.

The committee also agreed with Germany's proposed removal of the classification of TIPA as hazardous for the aquatic environment.

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