- Final push for the second leg of REACH
- Act now: Top tips for member registrants
- Submit and maintain a compliant REACH dossier
- Get to know the new hazard pictograms
- Promoting CLP – an example from Estonia
- Biocidal Products can soon be authorised on a Union level
- New committee starts working for safe biocidal products
- Communicating REACH information downstream – an example from industry
- Planning the next phase for substance of very high concern identification
- First experiences of substance evaluation
- Getting to grips with REACH information
- Cooperation with Canada and USA continues
- Stakeholders give their feedback
- ECHA Board agrees on budget proposal and stands firm over further staff cuts
- REACH has improved our knowledge of chemicals and led to a better control of risks
- ECHA's Stakeholders' Day: Focus on quality information
- From our stakeholders
- Helsinki Chemicals Forum focuses on chemical safety
- Guest column: Platform for exchange and consensus building
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Act now: Top tips for member registrants
By 12 of April, ECHA had received 4 003 registrations for 1 617 substances related to the 31 May deadline. During the last days of March many lead registrants submitted their dossiers to benefit from a shorter deadline for receiving the result of ECHA's completeness check. Once the lead dossier has been accepted, it is time for the member registrants, registering the same substance, to submit their dossiers.
Remember joint submission
REACH requires that manufacturers and importers register each of their substances together with other producers of the same substance.
- If you have not yet started your registration process, the first step is to contact the companies who pre-registered the same substance as you and join the SIEF for that substance. You can see the companies in the pre-SIEF pages of REACH-IT. Additionally, you can check on ECHA's website whether a company has informed ECHA of the intention to register the substance and whether a lead registrant has already been appointed.
- If your substance is already registered, contact the lead registrant and make a SIEF agreement to obtain your REACH-IT member token.
Steps to successful registration for members
It is important for member registrants to make sure that they are in the correct SIEF and that the substance identity is sufficiently clear in the registration dossier. Once the substance identity is clear, you need to:
1. Negotiate within the SIEF about sharing data and costs.
2. Verify what the SIEF agreement will deliver.
3. Declare your company size carefully - wrongly claiming to be a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) can be costly.
4. Prepare the member dossier in IUCLID, making use of the supporting IT tools:
- The TCC plug-in will show if your dossier complete;
- The new Dossier Quality Assistant will help detect potential inconsistencies in your dossier;
- The Fee calculation plug-in will display the expected registration fee and any fees related to confidentiality claims; and
- The Dissemination plug-in will reveal which parts of the dossier will be made publicly available on ECHA's website.
It is good practice for lead registrants to provide draft basic datasets in IUCLID for members, but the company/substance specific information, such as composition, analytical data, tonnages and uses, needs to be filled in by each member.
- You will need the name of the joint submission and the security token from the lead.
- You can submit as soon as the lead dossier has been accepted.
- You must pass the "business rules" step by 31 May 2013! Make sure your company contact details are up-to date in REACH-IT, so that ECHA can, if needed, provide proactive support after your dossier submission.
- Be ready to pay the fee within the deadline indicated in your invoice - otherwise your registration will fail.
- Keep an eye on your REACH-IT account - all our communications will be sent to your REACH-IT message box.
- In case of any doubt or concern, please contact the ECHA Helpdesk.
Text by Hanna-Kaisa Torkkeli
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6-8 March and
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Management Board meeting:
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20-24 April (tentative)