Board of Appeal shines more light on the necessity of studies for long-term toxicity to fish

Date: 10 June 2020

In its latest decision, the Board of Appeal, amongst other issues, also took an important decision about the necessity of studies for the “Long-term toxicity to fish” endpoint. The endpoint cannot be simply waived on the grounds of Column 2 of Section 9.1 of Annex IX. One of the required tests has to be performed and included in the REACH dossier. The BoA decision thus needs to be carefully considered for all future dossier work incl. any updates.

The European Commission publishes a combined evaluation roadmap/inception impact assessment for the planned revision of the Sustainable Use Directive 2009/128 (SUD)

Date: 8 June 2020

Public authorities, businesses, civil society organisations and the public have currently the opportunity to give feedback on a combined evaluation roadmap / inception impact assessment for the planned revision of the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD).

New draft list of unacceptable co-formulants

Date: 5 June 2020

Early in 2020 a draft list of unacceptable co-formulants (Annex III of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009) was published by the European Comission which included 90 entries. This list and the Regulation have been revised and new drafts were recently presented for an opinion in a SCoPAFF meeting.

Action Plan for revision of EU's agricultural legislative frameworks - Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies launched by EU Commission

Date: 25 May 2020

As part of EU's Green Deal Strategy (EU Green Deal Strategy 1, EU Green Deal Strategy 2), on 20th May, EU Commission launched the new Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies. Work and discussions on the new strategies were postponed several times in the recent past but lessons learned from the COVID-19-pandemic “underlined the importance of a robust and resilient food system that functions in all circumstances” and made “aware of the interrelations between our health, ecosystems, supply chains, consumption patterns and planetary boundaries” being, together with the “increasing recurrence of droughts, floods, forest fires and new pests a constant reminder that our food system is under threat and must become more sustainable and resilient”. Both strategies are “mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future”.

New regulation improves mutual recognition for fertiliser and biostimulant products

Date: 29 April 2020

Two years ago we reported on the revision of the EU law on the mutual recognition procedure and the free movement of goods lawfully marketed in one EU Member State (see SCC News of 28 May 2018). The new Regulation 2019/515 of 19 March 2019 on the mutual recognition of goods lawfully marketed in another Member State and repealing Regulation (EC) No 764/2008 now applies since 19.04.2020. In case of fertiliser and biostimulant registrations, first feedback from national authorities already indicate, that the new rules are implemented on national level, at least in certain Member States.

Final EU medical device regulation amendment available

Date: 27 April 2020

The amendment document relating to the dates of application of the new medical device regulation MDR (EU) 2017/745, decided by the European parliament on 17 April 2020, has finally been published and is in force. It follows the proposal of the European Commission with some minor corrections, such as considering the Corrigendum from 25 November 2019, in which a shift was already granted for certain class I devices, for which the conformity assessment procedure requires the involvement of a notified body in future.

As a result, the dates relating to the end of the transition period from the MDD to the MDR originally fixed on 26 May 2020 have been shifted to 26 May 2021. The other deadlines and implementation dates remain unchanged. If you have questions with respect to the impact on your company, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eurasia REACH – Inventory notification deadline moved to 1 August 2020

Date: 27 April 2020

The deadline for the inventory submission has been moved to 1 August 2020 due to the Covid-19.  We will keep you in the loop of further developments.