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ECHA is ready - are you?
We now have less than four months to go until the second REACH registration deadline of 31 May 2013. ECHA has already completed its preparations with regard to guidance and IT tools and a six-month moratorium is now in place until June so that registrants do not have to adapt to a changing environment. Please register as soon as you can: we offer new webinars to help you and the helpdesks are available to answer your questions.
You are also invited to our next Stakeholders' Day taking place on 26 March 2013 in Helsinki. There you will have the opportunity to get detailed advice from our experts as well as engage in one-to-one sessions. Closer to the registration deadline we will also provide direct helpdesk support for members of joint registrations.
ECHA is ready to help you and I believe that together we will manage this second REACH milestone successfully.
Looking back to 2012
The start of the year is traditionally a time for reflection and 2012 was a memorable year for all of us involved in REACH and CLP. In terms of dissemination of information, ECHA published in February the first Classification and Labelling Inventory covering more than 90 000 chemical substances on the EU market, a unique resource and the first step to harmonising industry's classifications. We also published information on consumer articles containing substances of very high concern. Registrant names and registration numbers as well as the tonnage bands for registered substances have also been added to the website. At the end of 2012, we announced the publication of dossier evaluation decisions and comments received during consultations for harmonised classification and labelling, so that interested parties can follow these decision making processes and industry can improve their understanding.
Throughout 2012 we emphasised the importance of quality in REACH registrations. We reminded registrants, for example, of reporting the right company size and the correct submission type. We offered advice and support, with the annual Evaluation Report as a key resouce, on how to improve registration dossiers. Registrants are encouraged to be proactive in updating their dossiers to address shortcomings, and thus avoid ECHA having to take regulatory action. Good quality means that information is not only correct and complete, but is interpreted and presented in a way that is relevant to the user: hence chemical safety reports and extended safety data sheets are essential aspects of this.
The year concluded with two major achievements for us: meeting the deadline for the examination of testing proposals in dossiers submitted in 2010 and the updating of the Candidate List to contain a total of 138 substances of very high concern, thus exceeding the target set by Vice-President Tajani and Commissioner Potočnik in 2010.
We are all to be congratulated on progress. As I have said many times before, successful operation of REACH and CLP is a joint effort. Industy, other accredited stakeholder organisations, Member States and others have all played their part and I would like to thank you all for that.
Priorities for 2013
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I now want to look forward to the year and to highlight a few of priorities that lie
ahead. This will be a peak year not only because of the May registration deadline and the follow on activities, but also in compliance checking where we wish to meet our target of at least 5% of the dossiers examined from the first registration deadline. We have agreed on a new targeted compliance check strategy with Member States, and are already implementing it. You can read more about the strategy in this edition of the newsletter. We also must conclude the first set of substance evaluation decisions that are being produced by the Member States from the first year of the CoRAP, while assisting authorities in the next round of substances being evaluated during this year.
Another challenge is the entry into operation of the new EU Biocidal Products Regulation. To maximise the synergies, we have planned for the biocides activities to be integrated with our other existing activities. It is important to choose substances of concern that warrant regulatory intervention rationally, making intelligent use of the available information and selecting the most appropriate means of risk management. Hence, ECHA has a strong role in facilitating this work of screening and risk management option analysis for which the Commission is seeking support from the Member States under the title Roadmap 2020. This will gradually lead to more proposals for restrictions and more substances placed on the Candidate and Authorisation Lists. Furthermore, ECHA is expecting the arrival of the first authorisation applications.
ECHA will provide its scientific expertise to the Commission in its further development of the chemicals management policy, in particular as a follow-up to the 2012 review of REACH published on 5 February 2013. We are also collaborating closely with all our stakeholders - not just with our regulatory partners, the Member States and the Commission - to make sure that all can be involved in decision-making and opinion-forming.
We are really committed to living up to our core value of transparency.
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Biocidal Products Committee:
26 February-1 March
Committee for Risk Assessment:
6-8 March and
Committee for Socio-Economic
Management Board meeting:
23-27 March (tentative)
Member State Committee:
20-24 April (tentative)