Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit
Role of the Unit
The role of the Chemicals Regulation Policy Unit is to formulate policy on regulating chemicals and includes:
- Managing the implementation of the Chemicals Acts 2008 & 2010, which put in place the necessary measures to enforce particular pieces of EU chemicals legislation in Ireland, including REACH;
- Managing the process of negotiation and transposition of EU Legislation relating to Chemicals; and
- Reviewing the Dangerous Substances Acts 1972 and 1979.
European Chemicals Agency public consultations
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched a public consultation on the proposed ban on textile clothes and other textile articles if they contain nonylpehnols (NPs) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs).
In addition to the above, ECHA has also launched a public consultation on the proposed restriction on the manufacture and professional and industrial use of 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (also known as NMP) unless certain conditions are met.
Interested parties can submit comments to ECHA before 18th March 2014 using the web-form available on the European Chemicals Agency website. Further details on these proposals can be found on the ECHA website.
The Chemicals Helpdesk of the Health and Safety Authority can answer any questions you may have; they can be contacted at email@example.com.
European Commission Public Consultation on the modification of the REACH Annexes on Nanomaterials 21/06/13 – 13/09/13
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the options for possible amendment of the REACH Annexes for the registration of Nanomaterials.
The period of consultation began on 21st June 2013 and runs to Friday 13th September 2013.
Attached please find a link to the consultation and the associated questionnaire.
ECHA Public Consultation - Update
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently launched a three month public consultation process on their draft proposal to add new substances to the REACH authorisation list. ECHA have now withdrawn their proposal regarding the substance Deca-BDE. This means that Deca-BDE is not being proposed for inclusion on the authorisation list at present.
The public consultation began on 24th June and interested parties are asked to submit any comments or views by 23rd September. Further detail, including information on the substances, is available on the website of the European Chemicals Agency. In addition, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) can be contacted for assistance if a company feels they may be affected by the proposal. The HSA's chemical helpdesk can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For older news please see our Archived Updates and Notifications page.
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Last modified: 22/10/2013