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


16.08.2022: Submission deadline for exemption applications for 4 substances of very high concern

The substances mentioned below are listed in annex 1.17 of the chemical risk reduction ordinance (ORRChem). After the expiry of the transitional period (2.8.2024) it is fundamentally prohibited to use them and to place them on the market for use in Switzerland. Until the 2.2.2023, an application for exemption can be submitted to the Notification Authority for Chemicals.
https://www.anmeldestelle.admin.ch/chem/en/home/themen/pflicht-hersteller/stoffe/stoffe-anhang-chemrrv-reach.html

Entry no

Substance

Intrinsic properties underlying the prohibition

Transitional period

Exempted (categories of) uses

51.

2-(2H-Benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-di-tert-pentylphenol
(UV-328)
EC no: 247-384-8
CAS no: 25973-55-1

PBT, vPvB

2 August 2024

52.

2,4-Di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorbenzotriazol-2- yl)phenol
(UV-327)
EC no: 223-383-8
CAS no: 3864-99-1

vPvB

2 August 2024

53.

2-(2H-Benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-
6- (sec-butyl)phenol (UV-350)
EC no: 253-037-1
CAS no: 36437-37-3

vPvB

2 August 2024

54.

2-Benzotriazol-2-yl-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol
(UV-320)
EC no: 223-346-6
CAS no: 3846-71-7

PBT, vPvB

2. Februar 2024


16.08.2022: Requested use of 4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl) phenol, ethoxylated: until 17.10.2022, interested third parties may send us information on alternative substances or technologies

The firm Roche Diagnostics International Ltd, Rotkreuz, has submitted a request for the continued use of 4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl) phenol, ethoxylated (listed in annex 1.17 ChemRRO and in annex XIV REACH) in the Production of Sensors for Blood Gas and Electrolytes Analysis. In this context, the notification authority publishes non-confidential information on its website, on which interested third parties in possession of information on alternative substances or technologies may comment until 17.10.2022.

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/en/home/themen/pflicht-hersteller/stoffe/stoffe-anhang-chemrrv-reach/aktuelle-konsultationen-zu-beantragten-verwendungen.html
Roche Diagnostics International AG, OPEO AoA PUBLIC (PDF, 1 MB, 16.08.2022)
Roche Diagnostics International AG, OPEO CSR PUBLIC (PDF, 915 kB, 16.08.2022)


15.06.2022: REACH, EU : 1 substance of very high concern (SVHC) added to the candidate list

The European Chemicals Agency has added the following substance:

name

EC/list number

CAS number

N-(hydroxymethyl)acrylamide

213-103-2

924-42-5

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.
https://www.anmeldestelle.admin.ch/chem/en/home/themen/reach-clp-helpdesk/reach-helpdesk/stoffe-erzeugnisse.html
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.
https://www.anmeldestelle.admin.ch/chem/en/home/themen/pflicht-hersteller/gegenstaende.html


01.06.2022: Submission deadline for exemption applications for 3 groups of substances of very high concern

The substances mentioned below are listed in annex 1.17 of the chemical risk reduction ordinance (ORRChem). After the expiry of the transitional period (2.5.2024) it is fundamentally prohibited to use them and to place them on the market for use in Switzerland. Until the 2.11.2022, an application for exemption can be submitted to the Notification Authority for Chemicals.
https://www.anmeldestelle.admin.ch/chem/en/home/themen/pflicht-hersteller/stoffe/stoffe-anhang-chemrrv-reach.html

Entry no

Substance

Intrinsic properties underlying the prohibition

Transitional period

Exempted (categories of) uses

42.

4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl) phenol, ethoxylated [includes clearly defined substances and UVCB substances, Polymere and homologe substances]
EC no: –
CAS no: –

Endocrine
disrupting
properties

2 May 2024

43.

4-Nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated [substances with a linear and/or branched alkyl chain with a carbon number of 9, in which position 4 is covalently bonded to phenol, ethoxylated, including UVCB substances and clearly defined substances, polymers and homologous substances comprising the individual isomers and/or combinations thereof]
EC no: –
CAS no: –

Endocrine disrupting
properties

2 May 2024

50.

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] [includes each individual stereoisomer of [1] and [2] or any combination thereof]
EC no: –
CAS no: –

vPvB

2 May 2024


19.04.2022: 5 substances of very high concern have been added to annex XIV REACH, which now contains 59 substances subject to authorization.

• Tetraethyllead (TEL) (EC 201-075-4, CAS 78-00-2);
• 4,4'-bis(dimethylamino)-4''-(methylamino)trityl alcohol [with ≥ 0.1% w/w of Michler's ketone (EC 202-027-5) or Michler's base (EC 202-959-2)] (EC 209-218-2, CAS 561-41-1);
• Reaction products of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2,5-dithione, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (RP-HP) [with ≥ 0,1% w/w 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (4-HPbl)] (EC -, CAS -);
• 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate (DOTE) (EC 239-622-4, CAS 15571-58-1);
• Reaction mass of 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate and 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4-[[2-[(2-ethylhexyl)oxy]-2-oxoethyl]thio]-4-octyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate (reaction mass of DOTE and MOTE) (EC -, CAS -).

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 Helpdesk
https://www.anmeldestelle.admin.ch/chem/en/home/themen/reach-clp-helpdesk/reach-helpdesk/reach-zulassung.html

Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/171
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/GA/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32020R0171

https://echa.europa.eu/en/authorisation-list



16.02.2022: 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 Mar 2022 to 3 Jun 2022 on Classifying and Labelling Chemicals According to the UN GHS.


10.02.2022: REACH, EU : four entries of substances of very high concern added to the candidate list

The European Chemicals Agency has added the following substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the candidate list:

name

EC/list number

CAS number

6,6'-di-tert-butyl-2,2'-methylenedi-p-cresol

204-327-1

119-47-1

tris(2-methoxyethoxy)vinylsilane

213-934-0

1067-53-4

(±)-1,7,7-trimethyl-3-[(4-methylphenyl)methylene]bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one covering any of the individual isomers and/or combinations thereof (4-MBC)

-

-

S-(tricyclo(5.2.1.02,6)deca-3-en-8(or 9)-yl O-(isopropyl or isobutyl or 2-ethylhexyl) O-(isopropyl or isobutyl or 2-ethylhexyl) phosphorodithioate

401-850-9

255881-94-8

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.
https://www.anmeldestelle.admin.ch/chem/en/home/themen/reach-clp-helpdesk/reach-helpdesk/stoffe-erzeugnisse.html
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.
https://www.anmeldestelle.admin.ch/chem/en/home/themen/pflicht-hersteller/gegenstaende.html


16.12.2021: List of new substances notified or reported in Switzerland

In Switzerland, new substances must be notified prior to placing on the market above one (1) ton per year. Manufacturers of new substances that are exempt from notification must report these within 3 months after first placing them on the market if the assessment under the self-regulation has shown that they are dangerous substances. 2254 notifications and registrations of 1775 different substances are on the notification authority’s list. 87 entries were added for the December 2021 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.

Amendment of the Chemicals Ordinance (ChemO, entry into force expected on May 1, 2022): In the future, substances that are not registered in the EU will be subject to notification. Registered substances will be considered as existing substances.


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 16.02.2022

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