ECHA recently released its “Progress Report 2014”. It provides valuable information for registrants for preparing their REACH registration dossiers.

Key recommendations concern
-   correct information on identity and composition of substances (e.g. with regard to isomeric forms)
-   the content of IUCLID study records to consider them “robust” study summaries
-   the adequate presentation of testing proposals in IUCLID
-   the correct and complete documentation of QSAR results
-   justification for read-across and grouping
-   use mapping and exposure assessment (including proper justification for use of certain environmental release factors or spERCs)

Here you can find the “Progress Report 2014” next to further information.

The regulatory ordinance ‘TA Luft’ limits emissions of carcinogenic substances into ambient air in section Carcinogenic potency is addressed by a “unit risk” term (estimated excess risk for cancer morbidity per µg/m³).  Three potency categories are discriminated. This project was finalized in February 2015 covering the update of 24 existing classifications and an analogue extension for further 11 carcinogenic chemicals.  The respective proposals were developed by FoBiG within a contract from the German environmental protection Agency (Umweltbundesamt; Projekt UBA Z6-55682/1) and were discussed with an expert committee for the purpose of an upcoming update of the regulatory ordinance. For further information you may contact Fritz Kalberlah at FoBiG.

The reciprocal calculation procedure (RCP), which is designed to establish occupational exposure limits for refined hydrocarbon solvent vapour mixtures, was updated by FoBiG in a project funded by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). The proposal includes restructuring of hydrocarbon groups, lower hydrocarbon group guidance values (GGV) based on available data and exclusion of various substances from GGV. First results will be presented in a poster at the Occupational health research conference in April 2015 in Nancy. Have a look at the programme.

Currently, protection of drinking water is not explicitly addressed of European chemicals regulation under REACH. In cooperation and by financial support of the German Environmental Protection Agency (Umweltbundesamt, Dessau, Germany) FoBiG developed a concept to characterise substances as being ‘persistent’ (P), ‘mobile’ (M) and ‘toxic’ (T) in raw water. Identification of PMT substances enables avoidance and/or restriction of such chemicals. For this purpose, it was necessary to provide transparent and conclusive definitions for PMT properties. The internal project report (UBA-FKZ 371265416) was finalised in November 2014 and will be publicly available later in 2015. The project will be presented at the SETAC 2015, meeting in Barcelona, Spain. For further information please contact Fritz Kalberlah.

In collaboration with Prof. Birgit Grahl (Integrahl – Industrial ecology, Heidkamp, Germany) and Dr. Eva Schmincke (PE International, Tuebingen, Germany) FoBiG is developing an indicator to characterise potential health impact from construction products within the environmental product declaration (supplemental information according to ISO 14025). This indicator TOXSCALE applies and combines REACH derived information according to principles derived from life cycle assessment (LCA). First area of application are construction products with the option, to extend the indicator to the building level and to also integrate potential ecotoxicological impacts. The development of this first stage of TOXSCALE is sponsored by BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany. The project will be presented at the SETAC 2015, meeting in Barcelona, Spain. For further information you may contact Fritz Kalberlah.