- Through the deadlines towards safer chemicals
- High-quality data - a key factor for industry and ECHA
- Is the substance identifier in your registration correct?
- Follow-up of the December 2013 SME workshop
- Biocides – important changes for companies
- Improving supply chain communication
- From registrant to downstream user – implementing REACH the Yara way
- Progress in using alternative testing methods
- Evaluation underway for testing proposals from the 2013 registration deadline
- Continuous development of the QSAR Toolbox
- Enforcement - planning ahead
- Findings from the third enforcement project
- Time to start preparing for REACH 2018
- Registration lessons from an SME
- Guest column: Using existing information to support high-quality REACH registrations
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Päivi Jokiniemi and Paul Trouth
One of ECHA's main events of the year, the Stakeholders' Day for REACH and CLP, took place in May. We were happy to welcome over 200 participants in Helsinki where the event was organised in our premises for the first time. Additionally, over 1 000 took the chance to participate through the live webstream and sent their questions to the speakers through the Internet. A recording is now available on our website.
Good quality information in registration dossiers is fundamental for the success of REACH in ensuring the safe use of chemicals. Without reliable information, it is not possible to carry out appropriate chemical safety assessments and to put the necessary operational conditions and risk management measures in place. Concerns about the quality of data have, however, been raised by the Agency in the annual evaluation reports as well as by external stakeholders. ECHA Newsletter asked Director of Registration Christel Musset why quality matters and what ECHA has done to support companies to improve their dossiers.
ECHA has launched a new service to enable registrants to change the chemical identifiers in their REACH dossiers. Registrants can change the main identifier in their registration, i.e. the EC number, if the substance has been incorrectly identified. During this change process, the registrant's rights to manufacture and import are not affected.
In December 2013, the European Commission hosted a workshop in Brussels. During the workshop, SME representatives, larger companies and consultants, gave voice to the needs of SMEs in complying with the EU chemical safety legislation, in particular REACH. ECHA attended in strength. The workshop took place after the May 2013 REACH registration deadline when all eyes were turning to smaller and less experienced companies having to fulfil their obligations as downstream users or preparing for the 2018 REACH deadline.
The amendment of the Biocidal Products Regulation entered into force on 25 April 2014. The most important changes relate to access to the market for active substance and product suppliers; product family definitions; and treated articles. ECHA Newsletter explains what the changes mean for companies.
Communicating about safety
Improving sector use maps as a tool to increase the quality of REACH chemical safety reports and exposure scenarios was one of the main themes of the sixth meeting of the Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios (ENES) held at ECHA on 13-14 May.
Yara International ASA is the world's leading provider of nitrogen-containing fertilisers and industrial chemicals, with a presence in 51 countries. Our company operates in all of the roles defined in the REACH Regulation: as a manufacturer, downstream user, importer and an Only Representative (OR) for some of our non-EU subsidiaries.
News from ECHA
ECHA has published its second report on the use of alternatives to animal testing under REACH. The Director for Evaluation, Leena Ylä-Mononen, highlights the main findings of the report.
ECHA has started evaluating testing proposals in the registrations submitted for the 2013 deadline. In total, about 770 proposals in 374 dossiers will have been examined by 1 June 2016. Around 560 of these include tests on vertebrate animals. Third parties are able to provide scientifically relevant information on the proposals published on ECHA's website.
Interest in the OECD QSAR Toolbox continues to grow. With every release it gains new users, with more than 4 000 registered users at the moment. The tool is being improved continuously and to find out what the users think of the tool, ECHA conducted a user satisfaction survey and is taking action to improve.
The Multi-Annual Work Programme of the Enforcement Forum – expected to be published during the summer – foresees, for example, the continuation of harmonised REACH enforcement projects, a pilot project for REACH authorisations and the development of activities on PIC enforcement. ECHA Newsletter spoke with Szilvia Deim, the re-elected Chair of the Forum, to hear about the future steps and plans.
REACH-EN-FORCE-3 is the third enforcement project of the Forum. It focuses on checking the registration obligations of manufacturers, importers and only representatives in cooperation with customs authorities. The first operational phase of the project lasted between February and August 2013 with inspectors checking 528 companies and verifying 3 065 substances. Since then the Forum has been analysing the results and preparing the report that will soon be published.
People and perspectives
The third REACH registration deadline is still some years away but preparations in companies are already ongoing. ECHA Newsletter talked with Dr Andrea Paetz from Bayer during the REACH & CLP Stakeholders' Day, to find out what the challenges with REACH registration are for her and how companies can manage them.
Dr Fabio Stratta, Technical Director at the medium-sized SME Giusto Faravelli S.p.A., gave his company's viewpoint on the registration process to the participants of the Stakeholders' Day. ECHA Newsletter had the chance to discuss with Dr Stratta the lessons his company has learnt from their registration experiences.
We can all recognise quality when we see it. There is a sense that expertise and appropriate resources have been employed in a focused and considered way. The result feels substantial and secure.
Biocidal Products Committee:
26 February-1 March
Committee for Risk Assessment:
Committee for Socio-Economic
18-22 March (tentative)
Management Board meeting:
Member State Committee:
13-17 May (tentative)