We are currently active in these REACH processes.
Our assignment includes contribution in all REACH processes. On this page, you will find a compilation of the topics we are currently working on.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) publishes ongoing activities relating to substances in the PACT ("Public Activities Coordination Tool"). For these substances, the authorities of the European Member States check whether a regulatory measure needs to be taken. The "PACT" is intended to inform all REACH participants about planned REACH activities at an early stage. It shall enable them to submit additional information and prepare for public consultations.
Currently, the following substances are published in the PACT on the ECHA website on the initiative of the REACH Assessment Unit OSH:
For diisocyanates, a restriction proposal has been submitted to the ECHA. The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) provided their opinions on the Annex XV dossier with the proposed restriction: „RAC considers that the proposed restriction on diisocyanates is the most appropriate Union wide measure to address the identified risk in terms of the effectiveness, in reducing the risk, practicality and monitorability as demonstrated in the justification supporting this opinion, provided that the conditions are modified, as proposed by RAC.“ Also, „SEAC considers that the restriction proposed by the Dossier Submitter on diisocyanates is the most appropriate Union wide measure to address the identified risks … taking into account the proportionality of its socioeconomic benefits to its socio-economic costs provided that the conditions are modified as stated in the RAC opinion“. There are few critical minority positions of RAC- and SEAC members. The final decision on the restriction is taken by the Commission.
An analysis of risk management options (RMOA) has been carried out for acrylonitrile, beryllium and nickel sulphide.
For acrylonitrile, it has been concluded that the introduction of an EU-wide occupational limit value would help to achieve comparable protection for workers.
For beryllium, a two-step approach is suggested to reduce the risks caused by its use. Initially, an occupational limit value should be introduced. The next step suggests a specific monitoring campaign. The EU Commission has provided a proposal for the adaptation of the Directive 2004/37/EG with a BOELV for beryllium and corresponding explanatory information.
For nickel sulphide the analysis comes to the conclusion that no action is needed at this time under REACH. Anyhow, it is acknowledged that a European wide limit value (BOELV) may contribute to the reduction of exposure und risks at the workplace.
In 2018, the REACH Assessment Unit OSH was involved in the substance evaluation forAntimony, Diantimony trioxide, Antimony sulphide, Antimony trichloride 2,5,7,10,11,14-hexaoxa-1,6-distibabicyclo[4.4.4]tetradecane.