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New generation of IT tools - what changes?
ECHA will launch revamped IT tools this spring. The applications will be much more intuitive and easier to use. What are the new features of the tools?
The updates to the harmonised templates (OHT) will help you to report your information in a clear and consistent way, improving the quality of your registration dossier.
- Revised templates for hazard information. The Administrative data section will be enhanced with a clearer field organisation and standard phrases to justify reliability scores for studies and data-waiving cases. The test material used in the studies can be defined in a separate object, which can be linked in the Materials and methods section of all study records where the same material was used.
- New templates on use and exposure information of the substance. You can report each use as a separate record which includes both the use description and the information related to the exposure assessment.
- Extension of the use description allows you to provide additional information on the type and conditions of use, making more transparent for the authorities and the public how the risks are controlled.
- Dedicated fields to report information on the intermediate status (chemical reaction, reaction products) and the application of strictly controlled conditions of the substance are also available.
Substance identity profile
Revised completeness check
The completeness check that ECHA performs on each incoming registration will be revised. It will be adapted to the new IUCLID formats and changed information requirements: for example, the extended one-generation reproductive toxicity study (EOGRTS) is now the standard information requirement for reproductive toxicity under REACH.
If you are a member of a joint submission, you will be able to build and submit your IUCLID 6 member dossier online in REACH-IT, through a simplified interface. However, you can only create your dossier online if you report standard information requirements, have only one composition and you fully rely on the hazard information provided by the lead.
There has always been a requirement in REACH for ‘one substance, one registration'. However, following the Implementing Regulation on joint submission of data and data sharing, REACH-IT has been updated to make sure that dossiers for the same substance cannot be submitted outside of a joint registration. Individual registrations already in REACH-IT can only be updated under specific conditions.
In addition, Chesar 3 includes additional functionalities both for the environmental and human health assessments, for example, the possibility to edit several contributing scenarios at the same time when the same changes apply to all of them. The help text has also been integrated in the application and generating your chemical safety report (CSR) will also be easier.
- ECHA clarifies criteria for ‘one substance, one registration', News alert 27 January 2016
- Registrants of the same substance must be part of the same registration, News alert 25 January 2016
- Information session on the new registration process, 4 Nov 2015
- Prepare for IUCLID 6, News item 24 June 2015
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Timing of the launches
The updated IUCLID used to create registrations and Chesar to prepare chemical safety assessments will be published on the last week of April, followed by an update of the submission tool REACH-IT at the end of May.
Text by Hanna-Kaisa Torkkeli, Vasileios Tsifoutis
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