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Addressing the Specificities of Nanomaterials - Nanoform of a substance
- IUCLID 5 User Manual on nanomaterials (nanosubstances)
- 2010 JRC European Commission: Considerations on a Definition of Nanomaterial for Regulatory Purposes
- 9 June 2011 : FDA issues draft guidance on what constitutes a nanomaterial
- ECHA, European Commission: Definition of a Nanomaterial (Draft Oct. 2011)
IUCLID 5 Software
- IUCLID 5 official website
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- Data Submission Manual - Part 18: How to report the substance identity in IUCLUD 5 for registration under REACH
Clearing REACH-IT Business Rules
- REACH-IT Data Submission Manual 8 - Business Rules Validation
- Data Submission Manual Part 4 - How to Pass Business Rule Verification ("Enforce Rules")
- CEFIC Tips on How to Successfully Overcome the REACH-IT Business Rules
Instant REACH Verifications!
- Checking the validity of any REACH Reference Number.
Committee: CARACAL
Competent Authorities for REACH and C&L (CARACAL) CARACAL
CARACAL is an expert group which advises the European Commission and ECHA on questions related to REACH and CLP.

Adopted minutes of the CARACAL meetings.
Measures for Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances - CHINA
- China Cosmetics
31 July 2012
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a new Guidance in a Nutshell on data sharing following the update of the Guidance on the same subject. The document is now available in the Guidance section of the ECHA website.
01 June 2012
The consolidated version of the REACH regulation incorporates all of the amendments and corrigenda.
10 June 2011
Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products.The new text will be applicable from 1 September 2013, with a transitional period for certain provisions.
21 Nov. 2011
Facts finding from REACH inspections. Period: May 2010 - April 2011. The Report
8 Sept. 2011
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published new Guidance on the compilation of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (Ver 1.0 - Sept 2011).
6 July 2011
CEFIC publishes a template letter to be used by companies requesting full registration numbers from suppliers at the request of the REACH inspectors, in the case the registration number has been truncated in the received Safety Data Sheets (SDS) - which is permitted in certain circumstances under REACH.

Instant online verifications: By construction B-Lands' instant online verification tool circumvents occulted digits in truncated REACH registration numbers, thus still manages to flag erroneous numbers from the suppliers with a 100% success rate since June 2008. Verifications on the fly aren't limited to REACH registration numbers. Any ECHA driven compliance process (C&L notification, Inquiry, etc) is seamlessly supported.
10 June 2011
French authorities clear the deadlock on the application of the 0.1% w/w threshold for substances in articles by generalizing the definition of an article (manufactured product). This new approach defines an article as a collection of objects that individually meet the definition of an article as specified in Article 3 of REACH. Provisions set on Articles 7(2) and 33 are therefore applicable to each constituent object. See national transposition, 8 June 2011.
9 June 2011
On 8 June 2011, a full day REACH enforcement inspection was conducted in the premises of B-Lands Consulting in Grenoble (France), in regard of the company Only Representative (OR) and Third Party Representative (TPR) roles.

The enforcing authorities closely operated in line with the measures introduced in the 9th meeting of the Forum For Exchange Of Information On Enforcement. B-lands rationale for Pre-registrations, late preregistrations, SIEF participations, substance registrations process and... isolate intermediates registration were extensively assessed. Along with others, the complex issue regarding the compulsory transmission/generation of any safety data sheets (SDS) for mixtures by a legal entity acting as the Only Representative was also tackled.

Finally, at the end of the day, inspectors were satisfied with the level of technical, administrative information and in-house resources they were given access to.
6 June 2011
Focus: Forum For Exchange Of Information On Enforcement
11 May 2011
After screening over 400 dossiers of substances registered as intermediates, The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has discovered that the majority of them (86%) do not seem to meet the conditions imposed by REACH. ECHA is urging registrants of intermediates to proactively reassess and, where necessary, update their registration dossiers.

More information on: Registration of Isolated Intermediates - Strictly Controlled Conditions (SCC)
31 March 2011
The Commission publishes new criteria under Regulation (EU) No 333/2011 for determining when certain types of scrap metal can no longer be considered as waste under Directive 2008/98/EC.
18 Feb. 2011
The first set of six substances subject to authorisation under REACH has been officially added to Annex XIV - Regulation (EU) No 143/2011 of 17 February 2011-
The six substances are:
5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinitro-m-xylene (musk xylene) [CLP]; 4,4'-diaminodiphenylmethane (MDA) [CLP]; hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD); bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) [CLP]; benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) [CLP]; and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) [CLP].

More about the Authorisation Process. [Corrigendum Reg. 143/2011]

Lookup if any of those substances might have been pre-registered by others.
Full registrations: 202-974-4;247-148-4;204-211-0;201-622-7;201-557-4
06 Oct. 2010
Quick snapshot at the current registration trends and statistics As of 06 October 2010. Source: ECHA
13 Sept. 2010
The Commission reminds companies that they must register the most widely used or most dangerous chemicals by the deadline of 30 November this year, less than 12 weeks from now. More
18 June 2010
Contingency planning for businesses having to address the inadvertent Pre-registration of ELINCS (EC#: 4XX-XXX-X) in response to inquiries from Member State Competent Authorities. Exit strategies - Line of defence. Rationale (Manual of Decisions -DSD-). - Seeking professional Help.
15 June 2010
Strategy and guidance for enforcement of REACH in the UK in regard of Regulation (EC) no. 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
25 May 2010
CLP Fees: Commission Regulation (EU) No 440/2010 of 21 May 2010 on the fees payable to the European Chemicals Agency pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
15 April 2010
Senator Frank Lautenberg introduces the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010, an ambitious bill aimed at revamping the 34-year-old US Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. The bill summary. Related.
12 April 2010
Due to the massive difficulties that lay ahead of many companies having a registration deadline set on 1 Dec 2010, B-Lands Consulting is offering free REACH & CLP consultancy through 29 Nov. 2010 (Voucher code/Coupon: BLREACH0611W)
Email: - Free Hotline: +33 686 593 335
Email: - Hotline Gratuite: 06 3294 2595
9 April 2010
A quick review of the European Commission's proposal for a revised version of Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS).
1 April 2010
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) publishes Guidance for Annex V.
Annex V describes the exemption conditions from the obligation to register in accordance with Article 2(7)(b) of the REACH Regulation. REACH Article 2(7)(b) sets out general criteria for exempting substances covered by Annex V from the registration, downstream user and evaluation requirements.
26 March 2010
ECHA publishes a new release of the Guidance on the Use Descriptor System (R12). The update introduces a descriptor element to cover the environment, better explains the practical use of the descriptor system and structures the relationship between the use descriptor system and Tier 1 exposure estimates for workers, consumers and the environment. These changes in guidance are not impacting manufacturers, importers and downstream users that have been using B-Lands use mapping template. In anticipation and with only a few months left before the first registration deadline on 1 Dec 2010, this template was not aligned with the previous official R12 guidance, but with the ongoing draft versions, resulting in no changes with regard to the new release.
18 March 2010
Searching the list of currently REGISTERED SUBSTANCES:
In accordance with Articles 119 and 77(2)(e) of REACH, ECHA is now complying with the obligation to disclose limited information on registered substances.
As a consequence, B-Lands' search helper has been enhanced to allow quick intuitive searching of both pre-registered and registered substances from a single entry point.
17 Fev. 2010
Released updated version of QuickREACH to factor in the latest changes in harmonised classification and labelling. Fixed error in CLP Regulation 239-793-2 --> 239-793-5 [CLP Page 355], uncaught in the ESIS Database updating, resulting in misclassification of substance.
11 Fev. 2010
B-Lands publishes an Overview of Key CLP Obligations [Reg (EC) No. 1272/2008]
2 Nov. 2009
B-Lands releases an editable Use Mapping Template [Use Descriptor System]
29 Oct. 2009
B-Lands deploys a search helper for providing a more friendly touch to the process of searching the list of pre-registered substances. The helper makes sure that anyone can hit the mark even with ill formatted inputs.
1 July 2011
The European Commission publishes in the Official Journal its decision (2011/391/EU) not to include nine substances, including formaldehyde, in certain product types in Annex I, IA, or IB of the biocidal products Directive.
Biocidal products containing active substances for the product types indicated in the decision can no longer be placed on the market from 1 July 2012.
28 April 2010
Results on acrylamide levels in food from monitoring year 2008.
Commission Recommendation 2007/331/EC of 3 May 2007 on the monitoring of acrylamide levels in food requires the Member States to perform annually in 2007, 2008 and 2009 the monitoring of acrylamide levels in certain foodstuffs. The current report describes the results from the monitoring exercise of 2008.
19 March 2010
Commission Decision Of 19 March 2010 (2010/169/EU) concerning the non-inclusion of 2,4,4’-trichloro-2’-hydroxydiphenyl ether (Triclosan CAS RN: 3380-34-55, EINECS: 222-182-2) in the Union list of additives which may be used in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs under Directive 2002/72/EC.
26 July 2007
Commission Regulation (EC) No 884/2007 of 26 July 2007 on emergency measures suspending the use of E 128 Red 2G as food colour.
5 July 2007
The EFSA recommends the banning of the food colour (sausage dye) E128 (Red 2G ; EINECS: 223-098-9) in EU for potential cancer inducing effects.
E128 is currently banned in Austria, Finland, Sweden, Norway(EFTA), Switzerland(EFTA), USA, Canada, Australia and Japan.
Links: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ; European Commission ; Aniline.
8 November 2006
Developmental neurotoxicity of industrial chemicals
Grandjean P, Landrigan P. - Published online in the Lancet Medical Journal on November 8, 2006. DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69665-7
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