News

Here you can find information and important changes in relation to chemical legislation.


11.02.2020: 11 substances of very high concern have been added to annex XIV REACH, which now contains 54 substances subject to authorization.

• 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear, EC No: 271-093-5, CAS No: 68515-50-4
• Dihexyl phthalate, EC No: 201-559-5, CAS No: 84-75-3
• 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-10-alkyl esters; 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, mixed decyl and hexyl and octyl diesters with ≥ 0,3 % of dihexyl phthalate (EC No 201-559-5), EC No: 271-094-0; 272-013-1, CAS No: 68515-51-5; 68648-93-1
• Trixylyl phosphate, EC No: 246-677-8, CAS No: 25155-23-1
• Sodium perborate; perboric acid, sodium salt, EC No: 239-172-9; 234-390-0, CAS No: -
• Sodium peroxometaborate, EC No: 231-556-4, CAS No: 7632-04-4
• 5-sec-butyl-2-(2,4-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1- yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxane [1], 5-sec-butyl-2- (4,6-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl- 1,3-dioxane [2] [covering any of the individual stereoisomers of [1] and [2] or any combination thereof], EC No: - CAS No: -
• 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-ditertpentylphenol (UV-328), EC No: 247-384-8, CAS No: 25973-55-1
• 2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazol-2- yl)phenol (UV-327), EC No: 223-383-8, CAS No: 3864-99-1
• 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6- (sec-butyl)phenol (UV-350), EC No: 253-037-1, CAS No: 36437-37-3
• 2-benzotriazol-2-yl-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol (UV-320), EC No: 223-346-6, CAS No: 3846-71-7

After sunset date, their use or placing on the market for use without authorization will be prohibited in the EU. For questions on this matter, the Swiss REACH helpdesk is at your service.


REACH, EU : four substances of very high concern (SVHC) added to the candidate list

The European Chemicals Agency has added four substances of very high concern to the candidate list:
• Diisohexyl phthalate, EC 276-090-2, CAS 71850-09-4
• 2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4'-morpholinobutyrophenone, EC 404-360-3, CAS 119313-12-1
• 2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one, EC 400-600-6, CAS 71868-10-5
• Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts

When an article contains more than 0.1% SVHC of the candidate list, this leads to information obligations for the supplier towards recipients and consumers.

In Switzerland too, the information obligation towards recipients and consumers applies to suppliers of objects containing more than 0.1% of a substance listed in annex 3 ChemO.


02.12.2019 List of new substances notified or reported in Switzerland

In Switzerland, new substances must be notified prior to placing on the market above 1 ton per year. 1862 notifications and reportings of 1650 different substances are on the notifications authority’s list. 129 notifications and registrations were added for the December 2019 update. Only the public name and the EC number or list number are published. For substances notified using the same public name by several notifiers, only one entry is listed.

 

28.11.2019: technical MDA, arsenic acid and diglyme

The substances mentioned below are listed in annex 1.17 of the chemical risk reduction ordinance (ORRChem). After the expiry of the transitional period (1st of November 2021) it is fundamentally prohibited to use them and to place them on the market for use in Switzerland. Until the 1st of May 2020, an application for exemption can be submitted to the Notification Authority for Chemicals.

Entry no

Substance

Intrinsic properties underlying the prohibition

Transitional period

Exempted (categories of) uses

23.

Formaldehyde, oligomer reaction products with aniline (Technical MDA)

 

EC no: 500-036-1

CAS no: 25214-70-4

Carcinogenic (category 1B)

1 November 2021

24.

Arsenic acid

 

EC no: 231-901-9

CAS no: 7778-39-4

Carcinogenic (category 1A)

1 November 2021

25.

Di(2-methoxyethyl) ether (Diglyme)

 

EC no: 203-924-4

CAS no: 111-96-6

Toxic for reproduction (category 1B)

1 November 2021

 


28.11.2019: consultation on the requested use of diglyme

L'impresa BASF Schweiz AG, Basilea, ha inoltrato una domanda per continuare ad utilizzare il diglime (sostanza elencata nellʼallegato 1.17 ORRPChim e nellʼallegato XIV del regolamento REACH) come solvente di processo nella fase di fabbricazione di prodotti utilizzati in diverse applicazioni nellʼindustria elettronica. A questo proposito, l'organo di notifica ha pubblicato informazioni non confidenziali sugli impieghi previsti della sostanza. Ambienti interessati possono comunicare all'organo di notifica informazioni su sostanze o tecnologie alternative all'organo di notifica entro il 20.1.2020.

Federal Office of Public Health
Common notification authority for chemicals of FOEN - FOPH - SECO
CH-3003 Bern


21.08.2019 Unitar e-course on Classifying and Labelling Chemicals According to the UN GHS

Unitar (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) is holding an e-course from 23 Sep 2019 to 4 Dec 2019 on Classifying and Labelling Chemicals According to the UN GHS.


18.07.2019 REACH, EU : four substances of very high concern (SVHC) added to the candidate list

The European Chemicals Agency has added four substances of very high concern to the candidate list:

• 2-methoxyethyl acetate, EC 203-772-9, CAS 110-49-6
• Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP)
• 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propionic acid, its salts and its acyl halides (covering any of their individual isomers and combinations thereof)
• 4-tert-butylphenol, EC 202-679-0, CAS 98-54-4

When an article contains more than 0.1% SVHC of the candidate list, this leads to information obligations for the supplier towards recipients and consumers.

Substances in articles (products)

In Switzerland too, the information obligation towards recipients and consumers applies to suppliers of objects containing more than 0.1% of a substance listed in annex 3 ChemO.

Objects


16.05.2019 For seven chrome VI compounds, applications for exemption can be submitted until the 1st of December 2019

The substances mentioned below are listed in annex 1.17 of the chemical risk reduction ordinance (ORRChem). After the expiry of the transitional period (1st of June 2021) it is fundamentally prohibited to use them and to place them on the market for use in Switzerland. Until the 1st of December 2019, an application for exemption can be submitted to the Notification Authority for Chemicals.

Entry no Substance Intrinsic properties underlying the prohibition Transitional period Exempted (categories of) uses
16.

Chromium trioxide

EC no: 215-607-8

CAS no: 1333-82-0
Carcinogenic (category 1A) Mutagenic category 1B) 1 June 2021 Uses in processes in which the end products do not contain chromium in hexavalent form
17.

Acids formed from chromium trioxide, and their oligomers

Group with:

Chromic acid

EC no: 231-801-5

CAS no: 7738-94-5

Dichromic acid

EC no: 236-881-5

CAS no: 13530-68-2

Oligomers of chromic acid and dichromic acid

EC no: not yet assigned

CAS no: not yet assigned

Carcinogenic (category 1B) 1 June 2021 Uses in processes in which the end products do not contain chromium in hexavalent form
18.

Sodium dichromate

EC no: 234-190-3

CAS no: 7789-12-0 10588-01-

Carcinogenic (category 1B) Mutagenic (category 1B) Toxic for reproduction (category 1B) 1 June 2021 Uses in processes in which the end products do not contain chromium in hexavalent form
19.

Potassium dichromate

EC no: 231-906-6

CAS no: 7778-50-9

Carcinogenic (category 1B) Mutagenic (category 1B) Toxic for reproduction (category 1B) 1 June 2021 -
20.

Ammonium dichromate

EC no: 232-143-1

CAS no: 7789-09-5

Carcinogenic (category 1B) Mutagenic (category 1B) Toxic for reproduction (category 1B) 1 June 2021 -
21.

Potassium chromate

EC no: 232-140-5

CAS no: 7789-00-6

Carcinogenic (category 1B) Mutagenic (category 1B) 1 June 2021 -
22.

Sodium chromate

EC no: 231-889-5

CAS no: 7775-11-3

Carcinogenic (category 1B) Mutagenic (category 1B) Toxic for reproduction (category 1B) 1 June 2021 -

05.02.2019 Unique Formula Identifier (UFI)

The following document describes the current situation regarding obtaining a UFI under art. 15a of the Chemicals Ordinance.


05.02.2019 Strategy for Chemical Safety

Bearing in mind the results of the evaluation of the interdepartmental implementation of the chemicals legislation carried out in 2013 the Federal Council mandated the federal authorities to prepare a common strategy. The present strategy expresses the common understanding of the federal authorities involved in the implementation of the chemicals legislation at the federal level in regard to chemical safety, and is intended to strengthen cooperation. It builds up trust externally as the objectives pursued are clearly demonstrated to stakeholders, other federal authorities and politicians. The strategy has been prepared by the five federal authorities (FOPH, FSVO, FOEN, FOAG and SECO) involved in the federal implementation of the chemicals legislation and will be put in place jointly.


Last modification 03.12.2019

Top of page