- 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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Päivi Jokiniemi and Paul Trouth
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Getting to grips with REACH information
The REACH Regulation aims to improve understanding on the chemicals used in Europe by making information available on their impact and safe use. So far, the REACH database contains information on more than 8 000 chemicals on the EU market from over 33 000 registration dossiers. The amount of data has grown enormously compared to the past. How is ECHA making the best use of this information? ECHA Newsletter finds out.
It has been said that prior to REACH, for over 85% of the chemicals produced in high volumes basic information was unavailable. The introduction of REACH has made a huge improvement: there is now a lot of information available. "To have this data is the first great step of REACH," says Mike Rasenberg, ECHA's Head of Unit for Computational Assessment.
Improve you dossier - use the Dossier Quality Assistant
The Dossier Quality Assistant, released in February 2013, helps industry to prepare high quality dossiers. The tool enables registrants to voluntarily check certain areas of the dossiers before submitting them. "Registrants can proactively improve their dossiers before our checks and screenings, by detecting potential inconsistencies themselves," says Mike Rasenberg.
The downside for industry is that the tool creates a lot of error messages. "We would have hoped that this was introduced at a later stage. At the moment the tool is, unfortunately, seen as an additional burden for the preparations for 2013," says Mr Annys.
Interview by Hanna-Kaisa Torkkeli
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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)