On February 1, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) shared a revised draft of their Guidance on requirements for substances in articles. The current draft of Version 4.0 is being shared with members of the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement (Forum), which is a network of authorities responsible for the enforcement of the REACH regulation in the EU. According to the draft preface, Version 4.0 is a more comprehensive update of the guidance, including a consultation of the Partner Expert Group (PEG) selected from ECHA’s accredited stakeholders. This version aims primarily at aligning further the text of the guidance and introducing new examples that are consistent with the conclusions of the Court judgement.
As reported previously, the final update of the guidance is not expected to be published until July or August 2017.
IPC will host a panel discussion on complying with REACH Substances in Articles on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 as part of IPC APEX EXPO.