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3 May 2018

Publication of the “ENES Work Programme to 2020” and the “ENES Implementation Plan 2018”

ECHA published yesterday the ENES Work Programme to 2020 and the ENES Implementation Plan 2018.

The ENES Work Programme to 2020 is a continuation of the work started with the CSR/ES Roadmap and lists 24 actions divided into the following main areas: 

  • Strategy and promotion
  • Information from downstream users to registrants
  • Information processing by Registrants
  • Information processing by Formulators
  • Information processing by end users
  • Coherence between REACH CSA, SDS information and local workplace risk assessment

The ENES Implementation Plan 2018 provides a description and more details on the 15 actions that are ongoing.

DUCC welcomes this publication and DUCC has been supporting this cross-stakeholder initiative since 2011, as many of the actions developed under this initiative aim at solving some of the difficulties encountered by our members with the implementation of REACH. DUCC will provide resources, to the extent possible, for the successful delivery of the ENES Work Programme. Please read our statement of commitment here.

For more information on ENES, the Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios, please check the ECHA dedicated website.

25 September 2017

Revised SCEDs template

The DUCC/Concawe task force agreed to make a change to the template for the SCEDs – Specific Consumer Exposure Determinants. This change was agreed in October last year but only now DUCC and Concawe are making the revised template publicly available.

The change that was made to the template is on the field “Frequency of use over a year”: the frequency bands (i.e. the drop-down menu) have been removed and, instead, a numerical field has been created. This change is to provide SCEDs users more detailed information on annual use frequency and also flexibility on their risk assessment methodologies.

You can find more information about the SCEDs in the section Activities/SCEDs.

The revised template is available in the section Publications/Guidance & Tools.

20 September 2017

DUCC issues its views on Fitness Check

In the context of the Fitness Check on chemicals legislation excluding REACH, DUCC has identified the following topics as the most relevant for its members:

1. Regulatory labels
2. Risk vs. hazard
3. Bridging principles and mixture classification

DUCC shared this document with the European Commission.

The document can be found in the Publications section / Positions.

18 July 2017

DUCC issues document on the operational framework of SUMIs - Safe Use of Mixtures Information

DUCC members have agreed on a document which intends to clarify how the SUMIs can be used, in the context of the sectorial "bottom-up" approaches for deriving and communicating safe use of mixtures, developed by some DUCC members.

The document can be found in the Publications section / Guidance and Tools or in the Activities / Safe Use of Mixtures section.

19 May 2017

Information on SWEDs and SUMIs available in 8 languages

The DUCC Mixtures task force created a set of slides summarising the main principles behind the sector "bottom-up" approaches for deriving and communicating information on the safe use of mixtures by workers, including the SUMIs - Safe Use of Mixtures Information and how they relate to the SWEDs - sector-specific Workers Exposure Description, one of the elements of the use maps. These slides have been translated into some EU languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish and Portuguese. DUCC expects that this information will be useful for its national associations to train their members.

The slides can be found in the Publications section / Guidance and Tools.  

22 December 2016

DUCC views on the use of the Bridging Principles under CLP

ECHA has issued in June a document named “Use of Bridging Principles - based on individual views in the HelpNet” which summarises the thoughts from HelpNet CLP correspondents regarding the implementation of the Bridging Principles under CLP. The document includes a series of open questions that may need additional clarifications and DUCC is now issuing its views.

DUCC supports any effort for improving a harmonised application of CLP criteria across Europe. DUCC is ready to further engage with ECHA, the European Commission, the HelpNet CLP correspondents and any other interested party in order to find a practical way to harmonise the application of Bridging Principles across EU.

All DUCC position papers can be found under the section Publications/Positions.

20 December 2016

DUCC publishes tips for dowsntream users on substance evaluation

DUCC members have expressed some concerns about the lack of involvement of downstream users in the substance evaluation process.

According to the legal text, DU can contribute to this process, as they may be in possession of information useful for substance evaluation, such as use and risk assessment data, sometimes measured data. However, as DU are not known to the evaluators and are not present in the SIEF/consortia, there is no process to make sure DU sectors/companies can take part to this preparation and provide complementary data. Indeed, if additional information on exposure is sought by the Lead Registrant only in the 30-day period to comment on the initial draft decision (as we have seen happening), this is too short to provide impactful information and to assess together the most appropriate response.

ECHA’s leaflet, “Substance evaluation under REACH - Tips for Registrants and downstream users”, strongly advises that registrants and DUs prepare together, as early as possible, the participation in the evaluation process of the listed substances, but the experience of several of our members shows that this is rarely the case in practice.

Anticipation is of utmost importance, since DUs may be deeply impacted by the outcome of these decisions. In many cases, DUs can be even more impacted than M/I since they also have to comply with other legislations, e.g. for paints, detergents, cosmetics, toys, food-contact, RoHS, etc., and the decisions may entail re-formulation of products.

DUCC acknowledges and welcomes the fact that ECHA publishes already:
- the contact details for the Member State competent authority responsible for the evaluation of each substance, so that companies or trade associations can provide their input directly;
- the list of nominated Lead Registrants (when agreed by the LR), so that companies can check for the identity of the LR once a critical substance is listed in the (draft) CoRAP list

DUCC publishes this document with Tips for Downstream Users, providing clear instructions based on the existing possibilities for our members and DUs in general to be informed about which substances may go under substance evaluation. 

19 December 2016

EFCC publishes updated Use Maps and related information

EFCC is the fourth DUCC member to publish their updated sector use maps, as well as updated SpERCs - specific environmental release categories.
EFCC is also publishing their SWEDs - sector specific worker exposure description.

One of the forthcoming tasks is the development of Chesar 3 files, for all existing Use Map elements - this is expected in early 2017.

All EFCC material is available on the ECHA Use Maps library.


24 October 2016

Cosmetics Europe publishes updated use maps and related information

Another DUCC member has made available new information that can be used by registrants when preparing or updating their registration dossiers.
Cosmetics Europe has published new use maps, SWEDs - sector specific worker exposure descriptions, and SpERCs - specific environmental release categories. For more information please visit the Cosmetics Europe dedicated website.

Please note that although this information is primarily targeting registrants, it is also useful for companies/downstream users, as it helps in understanding the internal processes and can also be of use for complying with certain REACH obligations, e.g. in case a Downstream User Chemical Safety Report is needed.

19 October 2016

A.I.S.E. and FEICA publish their updated use maps and related information

Two DUCC members have made available this week a new generation of use maps and other related information, which can be used by the registrants to perform a chemical safety assessment for workers, consumers and/or the environment - the SWEDs, sector-specific worker exposure descriptions; the SCEDs, specific consumer exposure determinants; and SpERCs, specific environmental release categories, respectively.

For more information on the information made available by these sectors, please visit the following links:

Other DUCC members are expected to publish their use maps packages over the coming weeks. For more information on the DUCC members, please check here.

14 October 2016

DUCC co-signs a joint statement together with ECHA and Cefic on improving communication on the use of chemicals along the supply chain

On the 6 October, at the General Assembly of Cefic in Florence, a joint statement was signed by ECHA, Cefic and DUCC, which shows the commitment of these three institutions to enhancing communication in the supply chain on the use of chemicals. 

The sector use maps, originally developed by DUCC in 2009, are seen as an important tool which allows formulators to inform their suppliers about the uses and conditions of use of their mixtures. The registrants of the substances can therefore consider this information in their registration dossiers (either new dossiers or dossier updates) and when performing their chemical safety assessments.

By making sector use maps available, the DUCC member associations are not only providing a service to their member companies but also contributing to the improvement of the quality of registration dossiers, which will result in better quality exposure scenarios to be received by DUCC members and formulators in general. This will ultimately contribute to the safer use of chemicals, one of the main objectives of REACH.

Which DUCC sectors are finalising their packages on Use Maps?

Six DUCC members (A.I.S.E., CEPE, Cosmetics Europe, EFCC, Feica and I&P Europe) are actively working on finalisation of their use maps packages and these are expected to be published by the end of this month.

For more information on the use maps packages, please check this presentation.

All the information on use maps packages will be hosted by ECHA here.


Statement from Jan Robinson, DUCC Chair

Use maps are a topic of relevance for DUCC and its members and we welcome the fact that ECHA has channelled resources to work on the improvement of this tool.

DUCC had already developed a first use mapping template in 2009 – the UseR template – which was widely used by its members.
By gathering realistic use descriptions that are representative of an individual sector, industry associations are providing a service to their members, delivering harmonised sets of information that they can send to their suppliers. If the suppliers/registrants make use of these sets of information, they will be performing realistic exposure assessments because they will take into account the conditions of use that are closer to the reality of their clients. Another advantage is that registrants will be covering, all at once, a high percentage of uses within a sector.

All of the above will result in less need for “repair mechanisms” and will avoid the need for downstream users to go back to their suppliers asking them to rectify the parameters of their exposure assessments.

Related links:

14 March 2016

ECHA website on "Use Maps" and related information

ECHA has launched a website dedicated to the “use maps package”, bringing together the outcome of many of the initiatives of the CSR/ES Roadmap.
Indeed, this website will be the central database of many tools that are being developed for improving supply chain communication. Already 4 templates covering: uses; SWEDs; SPERCs; SCEDs (and in some cases supporting guidance) can be downloaded and more are expected to come during this year.

24 December 2015

Safe Use of Mixtures - new document

DUCC announces today the publication of the explanatory document on “Sector Specific approaches towards developing and communicating information for the safe use of mixtures” which includes also a template on the SUMI – the Safe Use of Mixtures Information.
With this, DUCC is providing its members and formulators in general an important tool (a concept and a template) for compliance with the REACH obligations in communicating safe use conditions of mixtures, as per article 31 (7) of REACH.
The next immediate steps are for the DUCC members to finalise their SUMIs and make them publicly available in the first half of 2016.

For more information, please check the Publications/Guidance & Tools section or the Activities/Safe Use of Mixtures section.

30 September 2015

Skin sensititsers - New DUCC position paper

DUCC issues a position paper on skin sensitisers and their potential identification as SVHC due to equivalent level of concern to CMRs

In the last months, DUCC has seen increasing regulatory pressure proposing the inclusion of substances with dermal sensitising potential in the list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). DUCC has agreed on a position paper that you can find in the Publications/Positions section.

28 July 2015

ESCom Package Version 2.0 released


DUCC warmly welcomes the release of the ESCom package, an important milestone for the harmonisation and improved communication of exposure scenario information in the supply chain. Once implemented, it will ease the task of downstream users to check whether their uses are covered in the extended safety data sheets. 

The ESCom package consists of a standard phrase catalogue and an XML schema, both updated now with this new release:

  1. The catalogue of standard phrases in an excel file which can also be downloaded as a Chesar import file, allowing the use of this catalogue in Chesar – the Chemical Safety Assessment and Reporting tool from ECHA.
    This catalogue is now in version 1.5. and is expected to be updated twice a year. To learn more about the update of the catalogue, visit the ESCom webpage or the eSDSCom website.
  2. The XML schema is an electronic exchange format which can be implemented in an IT system of a company, allowing the automatic, standardised and harmonised exchange of information, avoiding thereby the need for manual retyping of information.
    To allow for a proper implementation by IT providers and companies, this XML schema will be frozen for two years.

The ESCom package is appropriate for implementation in the companies’ environmental, health and safety systems. By implementing the ESCom package, companies can communicate more easily, in a consistent and harmonised way, the information that is needed to create an exposure scenario for a substance. Indeed, ESCom allows the electronic exchange of information along the supply chains – the information to be included in exposure scenarios (ES), both in the chemical safety report and in in the ES for communication, i.e. the ones that will be attached to the safety data sheets (SDS). Also, this information consists of good quality phrases on the safe use of chemicals. Therefore, the ESCom package helps companies in fulfilling their REACH obligations.

This project has been developed together by Cefic, DUCC and a group of twelve IT companies. ECHA also contributed actively to this project.  

DUCC and Cefic had initiated the ESCom standard project in 2010. The first version has been published in 2011 and in the meantime the ESCom package has been integrated as one action of the CSR/ES Roadmap – action area 3.

All stakeholders are invited to promote and/or start implementing ESCom version 2.0.. A support package has been made available and consists of:

  • Full documentation of the ESCom XML schema and of the EScom standard phrase catalogue
  • Slide deck with useful information on the ESCom package (content, structure, future maintenance and developments, benefits of implementation) that can be used in promotion activities
  • ESCom standard phrase guidance document

To download the ESCom package please visit the Cefic ESCom website and go to the “Downloads” section.

5 November 2014

Publication of the guidelines for structuring ES Short Titles for communication

With a view to improve harmonisation of exposure scenario (ES) short titles communicated in the supply chain, Cefic, DUCC and ECHA have developed an approach for generating ES Structured Short Titles, including guidelines for automation. This work took place in the context of the CSR/ES Roadmap initiative.

ES Structured Short Titles will be used for the creation of ES lists, namely tables of contents for annexes to safety data sheets of substances[1]. Therefore, this document is useful:

  • to registrants who generate extended SDS,
  • to downstream users who need to assess whether an ES may cover their use(s), and
  • to providers of software applications for extended Safety Data Sheets who can implement the guidelines in their systems.

ES Structured Short Titles aim at gradually replacing current ES ‘free-text’ short titles.

Download the Guidelines for Structuring ES Short Titles for communication.

[1]      Note: ES Structured Short Titles are different from the ES titles. Annex IV to this document provides a comparison between the two concepts.


19 August 2014

ECHA issues an "eGuide" on Safety Data Sheets and exposure scenarios

The SDS eGuide is an interactive tool which is meant to help the users of SDS and exposure scenarios to understand its content.

By navigating through the tool you will have access to: video tutorials, examples, description of the content in each section of the SDS, FAQs, annotated templates of exposure scenarios, as well as useful links. There is also a toolbox with a “use comparison table” that allows the SDS’ receivers to take note of their own conditions and the ones received in the SDS.

More information about this publication in the News Alert from 18/08.

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