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Commission publishes proposal for REACH Annexes amendments

The European Commission has just published its proposal for amending the REACH Annexes to address nanoform substances. The proposal is in the form of a Commission Regulation to amend Annexes I, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII. The Commission Regulation itself is only 3 Articles, and the main text changes for the REACH Annexes are provided in an Annex to the Regulation. 

The regulation shall apply from 1 January 2020, while at the same time allowing users to comply before that date.

ECHA RAC decides classification and labelling for Titanium dioxide

Last week, ECHA Risk Assessment Committee, adopted by written procedure its previous draft for harmonised classification and labelling of Titanium Dioxide, which has previously not been included in Annex VI to the CLP Regulation. At its previous meeting, RAC did not agree to the proposal from France to classify the substance in category 1B (presumed to have carcinogenic potential for humans), but agreed to classify it as category 2 (suspected human carcinogen Carc. 2; H350 (inhalation)). This classification is not by the oral or dermal routes, but only applicable for inhalation.

European Catalogue of Nanomaterials used in Cosmetics – ClientEarth Complaint against the European Commission

The NGO Client Earth has filed a complaint with the EU Ombudsman on the late publication of the European Catalogue of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics, presented in June 2017, when the Regulation on Cosmetic Products had fixed the 11 January 2014 as the deadline for the publication of this catalogue.