Consultations start on authorisation substitution plans


The substitution plans of four applications for authorisation to use a substance of very high concern will open for consultation on 21 October 2020. ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) will evaluate the plans and the information received during the consultation to provide scientific underpinning for the European Commission to decide whether or not to grant the authorisations.

Helsinki, 13 October 2020 – The substitution plans of 12 applications need to be evaluated by SEAC following a specific request from the Commission to these applicants. The Commission’s request is a result of a 2019 General Court judgment, which changed the interpretation concerning the suitability of alternatives. Applicants are required to prepare substitution plans and include them in their applications if suitable alternatives are available for their uses in general – although these alternatives might not be technically or economically feasible for the applicant.

The plans of four applications have now sent been sent to ECHA. These concern the use of hexavalent chromium in surface treatments and the curing agent MOCA. The 4-week consultation will take place from 21 October to 18 November 2020. The plans are already published on ECHA’s website.

The substitution plans of the remaining eight applications are expected to arrive by early December and they will be opened for consultation by mid-December. These plans are for uses of the plasticiser DEHP, hexavalent chromium in surface treatments and sodium dichromate in wool dying.

SEAC will evaluate the credibility and completeness of the plans from a scientific viewpoint. It has started working on the first batch of substitution plans and is expected to finalise the assessment by June 2021. The evaluation of the second batch is expected to be completed by September 2021.

The substitution plans will be sent to the Commission, together with SEAC’s evaluation, as an addendum to the original opinions. The Commission will then decide whether to grant or refuse the authorisation.

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~tBiocides committee backs approval of two active substances used in disinfectants

ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) also supports a Union-wide authorisation for an insecticide containing clothianidin and pyriproxyfen.

Helsinki, 13 October 2020 – The BPC backs the approval of the following active substance product-type combinations:

ADBAC/BKC and DDAC for use in animal hygiene products such as disinfectants and oral or corporal hygiene products (product-type 3) and in products used to disinfect e.g. equipment, containers and surfaces needed in the production, transport, storage or consumption of food or feed for people and animals (product-type 4).

The application for Union authorisation concerns a biocidal product with the following insecticides:

clothianidin and pyriproxyfen for use in pest control against insects, arachnids and other anthropods (product-type 18).

In addition, the BPC discussed and agreed on the revised working procedures for active substance approvals and Union authorisation. The revised procedures will be published later on the committee’s web page.

The European Commission together with EU Member States will take the final decision on the approval of the active substances and on the Union authorisation of biocidal products.

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