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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


11.06.2019 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. 1778 notifications and reportings of 1587 different substances are on the notifications authority’s list. 139 notifications and registrations were added for the June 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.

 

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.


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

The European Chemicals Agency has added six substances of very high concern to the candidate list:
• 2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane, EC 401-720-1, CAS 6807-17-6
• Benzo[k]fluoranthene, EC 205-916-6, CAS 207-08-9
• Fluoranthene, EC 205-912-4, CAS 206-44-0
• Phenanthrene, EC 201-581-5, CAS 85-01-8
• Pyrene, EC 204-927-3, CAS 129-00-0
• 1,7,7-trimethyl-3-(phenylmethylene)bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one, EC 239-139-9, CAS 15087-24-8

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.


03.12.2018: Requested use of Trichloroethylene: until 04.02.2019, interested third parties may send us information on alternative substances or technologies

The firm RUAG Aviation, Emmen, has submitted a request for the continued use of Trichloroethylene (listed in annex 1.17 ChemRRO and in annex XIV REACH) in repair glue for aircraft fuel tanks. 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 04.02.2019.

reachhelpdesk@bag.admin.ch

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

 

31.07.2018: Requested use of Trichloroethylene: until 03.09.2018, interested third parties may send us information on alternative substances or technologies

The firm Axalta Polymer Powders Switzerland Sàrl, Bulle, has submitted a request for the continued use of Trichloroethylene (listed in annex 1.17 ChemRRO and in annex XIV REACH) as a solvent in the manufacturing of ultrafine thermoplastic polymer powders. 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 03.09.2018.

creachhelpdesk@bag.admin.ch 

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


RPC - E-application for chemicals

25.07.2018

For technical reasons, the update scheduled for the first week of July will not be released until September.

The following problems thus remain unresolved for the time being:

  • In some cases, PDF files cannot be generated due to special characters.
  • Mass registration interface: at present, only new products can be imported; updates of existing product registrations are not possible.
  • Products in product registration: no reference to third-party products is possible.
  • Classification/labelling: please use drag & drop to delete H and P phrases. The delete button does not work.
  • Searching for company-specific article numbers and primary keys is not possible.
  • The Italian version has not been fully translated.

Many thanks for your understanding!

Your notification authority for chemicals

cheminfo@bag.admin.ch 

Tel. 041 58 46 273 05  between 08:00 - 12:00. 


RPC - E-application for chemicals

26.03.2018 - New Internet platform of the product register for chemicals from 29.03.2018

A new, simpler and more intuitive user interface of the product register of chemicals will be introduce on 29.03.2018. These modifications are linked to the upgrade of the underlying programing language.

Unchanged are:

Thank you for your cooperation..

Your notification authority for chemicals


REACH

REACH: ECHA organizes two free events in March and April for SMEs in view of the last registration deadline

The last registration deadline of the 1.6.2018 mainly concerns SMEs exporting chemicals to the EU or manufacturing there. The European Chemicals Agency ECHA organizes two free events about this topic:

  • REACH 2018 SME workshop - road to successful registration, 9-10 March, 2017, WKÖ premises, Vienna, Austria
  • 12th Stakeholders' Day Conference on 4 and 5 April 2017 at ECHA, Helsinki, Finland (registration until 15 March 2017)

For questions on this matter, the Swiss REACH helpdesk is at your service.


Last modification 27.08.2019

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