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06.09.2016: Requested use of diarsenic trioxide: until 15.10.2016, interested third parties may send us information on alternative substances or technologies

The firm Erie Electroverre SA, Romont, has sumbitted a request for the continued use of diarsenic trioxide (listed in annex 1.17 ChemRRO and in annex XIV REACH) for manufacturing flat extra white glass for microscope slides. 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.

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

News, September 2016

On 20 July 2016, the 9th adaptation to technical progress (9th ATP) in the CLP Regulation was published.

As a result of the adaptation, 26 new substances have been added to Annex VI of the CLPR, and 22 existing entries have been amended. The classifications and labelling of substances and mixtures containing these substances introduced by this change will be binding in the European Single Market from 1 March 2018. The 9th ATP also rescinds Table 3.2 in Annex VI with the harmonised classifications and labelling under the previous system (orange/black) with effect 1 June 2017.

The new additions include harmonised classification for the element lead in massive (Repr. 1A) and powder form (Repr. 1A, SCL 0.03), for dicyclohexyl phthalate (CAS 84-61-7, Repr. 1B), for certain glass microfibres (Carc. 1B or Carc. 2) and for numerous copper compounds classified as environmentally hazardous, Aquatic Acute 1 and Aquatic Chronic 1.

The changes include the harmonised classification of bisphenol A (CAS 80-05-7, now Repr. 1B) and glutaraldehyde (CAS 111-30-8, now Acute Tox. 2 inhal.). For certain existing entries the concentration limits for classification as Repr. 1A or 1B have been reduced. The entries affected include diisobutyl phthalate (CAS 84-69-5), N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (872-50-4) and many first and second generation anticoagulants. These anticoagulants have now been given a substance-specific limit of 0.003%.

In Switzerland the currently applicable version of Annex VI of the CLPR has been set down in Annex 2 Section 1 of the Chemicals Ordinance Since 1 July 2015. The 9th ATP is to take effect in Switzerland at the same time as it does in the European Single Market (1.3.2018). 

20.07.2016: Information and user manual for mass registration in the register of products are available.

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News, July 2016

On 14 June the 8th adaptation to technical progress (8th ATP) in the CLP Regulation was published.

The 8th ATP adapts the CLPR in line with the 5th revised edition (2013) of the United Nations’ GHS (Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals). The most important changes are as follows: 

  • New requirement for communicating hazards that may emanate from desensitised substances and mixtures (Chapter 2.1 UN-GHS)
  • Clarification of classification criteria for aerosols (Chapter 2.3)
  • Inclusion of a new methodology for classifying oxidising solids (Chapter 2.14)
  • Newly formulated classification and labelling criteria for the skin corrosion/irritation class of hazards (Chapter 3.2), including:
    - Introduction of a new hazard category 1, used if there is not sufficient information available for classification in one of the sub-categories (1A, 1B and 1C)
    - For substances and mixtures with an extreme pH (≤ 2 and ≥ 11.5), Category 1 applies if no other information is available.
    - The procedure for classifying mixtures via components is being adapted to cover Category 1 components.
  • Newly formulated classification and labelling criteria for the serious eye damage/eye irritation class of hazards
  • As a result of ongoing optimisation on the UN level, comprehensive changes have been made to the precautionary statements. Around 20 precautionary statements and 10 combined precautionary statements are affected.
  • For mixtures the supplementary hazard statement EUH208 (“Contains <name of sensitising substance>. May produce an allergic reaction.”) may not be required if the mixture is already labelled with EUH204 (“Contains isocyanates. May produce an allergic reaction.”) or EUH205 (“Contains epoxy constituents. May produce an allergic reaction.”).

The changes contained in the 8th ATP are to take effect in Switzerland at the same time as they do in the European Single Market, i.e. from 1 February 2018. Substances and mixtures that had already been labelled and packaged before 1 February 2018 under the old law may continue to be supplied until 31 January 2020.

22.04.2016: A guide concerning the mention of perfumes contained in preparations subject to the obligation to be registered in the product register has been published.

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15.04.2016: New process for opening a sub user account for companies wanting to carry out registrations on

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16.02.2016: ERINNERUNG: Aufnahme des Permethrins als biozider Wirkstoff in den Anhang 2 der Biozidprodukteverordnung (VBP- SR 813.12).

Gestützt auf die entsprechenden wissenschaftlichen Beurteilungen und Entscheide der EU wird die Schweiz den folgenden bioziden Wirkstoff auf die Liste nach Anhang 2 VBP aufzunehmen.

CAS-Nummer PA Aufnahme-Datum Aufnahme befristet bis EU-Verordnung
Permethrin 52645-53-1 8+18 01.05.2016 30.04.2026 1090/2014

Gemäss Artikel 8 Absatz 1 Buchstabe c Ziffer 1 VBP gilt eine Zulassung 6 Monate, nachdem der letzte Wirkstoff des Biozidproduktes in die Liste nach Anhang 2 VBP aufgenommen ist. Das Produkt darf noch längstens 12 Monate nach Aufnahme des letzten Wirkstoffs an Endverbraucherinnen abgegeben werden und 18 Monate nach Aufnahme beruflich verwendet werden (Art. 8 Abs. 3 VBP).

Soll das Biozidprodukt darüber hinaus (vgl. Tabelle oben) auf dem Markt bleiben, muss der Zulassunginhaberin entweder ein Gesuch um Zulassung ZL oder ein Gesuch um zeitlich parallele Anerkennung einer Zulassung aus einem EU oder EFTA-Staat gestellt werden. Mehr Information unter:

Ein Gesuch muss bei der ECHA über R4BP bis zum 01.05.2016 eingereicht werden.

Für eine unterbrechungsfreie weitere Vermarktung eines Produktes ist es unerlässlich, dass die oben genannte Frist eingehalten wird. Sollte die Anmeldestelle bis zur erteilten Frist die erwähnten Unterlagen nicht erhalten, müssen die Produkte spätesten am 30.04.2017 zurückgezogen und bis 31.10.2017 beruflich verwendet werden.

14.10.2015: Aufgrund einer EU Gerichtsentscheidung sind auch Produkte, die nur indirekt schädliche Organismen abtöten, als Biozidprodukte anzusehen.

Dies steht im Gegensatz zur Interpretation im Manual of Decision. Darüber hinaus ist die Richtlinie 98/8/EG (BPD) mit in Kraft treten der Verordnung (EU) Nr 528/2012 (BPR) aufgehoben worden, weshalb das Manual of Decision als nicht mehr anwendbar zu betrachten ist. Unternehmen, die aufgrund der Interpretation im Manual of Decision davon ausgegangen sind, dass ihre Biozidprodukte nicht unter die Biozidprodukteregulierung fallen, haben nun bis 1.10.2016 Zeit, um für ihre relevante Wirkstoff-Produktartkombination eine „declaration of interest“ zur Aufnahme in das Reviewprogramm bei der ECHA einzureichen. Weitere Details:

22.08.2014: With the most recent revision of the Ordinance on Biocidal Products, the protection of intellectual property in regard to biocidal active substances is also regulated in Switzerland.

In accordance with the relevant rules in the EU Biocidal Products Regulation, in future, also in Switzerland, only those products may still be placed on the market whose active substances originate from listed suppliers or for which an active substance dossier or a letter of access has been submitted to the Swiss Authorities.

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