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


15.09.2020: 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 28 Sep 2020 to 7 Dec 2020 on Classifying and Labelling Chemicals According to the UN GHS.


07.07.2020 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:
• 1-vinylimidazole, EC 214-012-0, CAS 1072-63-5
• 2-methylimidazole, EC 211-765-7, CAS 693-98-1
• Dibutylbis(pentane-2,4-dionato-O,O')tin, EC 245-152-0, CAS 22673-19-4
• Butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (Butylparaben), EC 202-318-7, CAS 94-26-8

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.


04.06.2020 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. 2031 notifications and reportings of 1646 different substances are on the notifications authority’s list. 169 notifications and registrations were added for the June 2020 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.

 

2.4.2020 Requested use of chromium trioxide: until 2.6.2020, interested third parties may send us information on alternative substances or technologies

The firm Cilag Ltd., Schaffhausen, has submitted a request for the continued use of chromium trioxide (listed in annex 1.17 ChemRRO and in annex XIV REACH) in a combustion catalyst for the treatment of waste air from chemical production. In this context, the notification authority publishes on its website non-confidential information, on which interested third parties in possession of information on alternative substances or technologies may comment until 2.6.2020.

reachhelpdesk@bag.admin.ch

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

https://www.anmeldestelle.admin.ch/chem/de/home/themen/pflicht-hersteller/stoffe/stoffe-anhang-chemrrv-reach/aktuelle-konsultationen-zu-beantragten-verwendungen.html

 

 

03.03.2020: For EDC and MOCA, applications for exemption can be submitted until the 1st of August 2019

As category 1B carcinogenic substances, 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC, CAS nr. 107-06-2) and 2,2'-dichloro-4,4'-methylenedianiline (MOCA, CAS nr. 101-14-4) are listed in annex 1.17 of the chemical risk reduction ordinance (ORRChem). After the expiry of the transitional period (1st of February 2022) it is fundamentally prohibited to use and to place on the market for use EDC and MOCA in Switzerland. Until the 1st of August 2020, an application for exemption can be submitted to the Notification Authority for Chemicals.


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.


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

 


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 15.09.2020

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