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Eurobrief September 2009

Amendment to REACH test methods regulation published

The first amendment to the Regulation on test methods for chemicals under REACH (Reg 440/2008) has been published in the European Union (EU)’s Official Journal.

REACH - ECHA calls for information on chemical toxicity

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has made a call for information on the reproductive toxicity of a specific chemical substance in September.

REACH - Tools to help firms submit C&L notifications to be made available

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has said that further IT tools to help companies submit classification and labelling (C&L) notifications are expected to be available in February or March next year.

REACH - Industry to see proposed SDS changes before end of year

Industry is likely to be able to see the text of agreed changes to Safety Data Sheet (SDS) requirements before the end of the year, according to ECHA.

REACH - Concern over confidentiality of ECHA information

Concerns regarding the confidentially of information submitted by companies in REACH IT and REACH Information Portal for Enforcement were raised during ECHA’s board meeting in September.

Verheugen warns against ECHA budget cut

European Commission Vice President and Enterprise and Industry Commissioner Günter Verheugen has warned against cutting the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)’s budget.