- 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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First experiences of substance evaluation
The first results of substance evaluation done by the Member States were concluded at the end of February. 17 Member States evaluated all together 36 substances in 2012 and in 32 cases they propose to ask the registrants to provide more information to clarify a potential concern. For four substances the evaluation was concluded without a need for additional information.
"Substance evaluation aims to clarify whether the manufacture or uses of a chemical pose a risk to human health or the environment. At the start of the process, the expectation is that new information may be needed to be able to decide whether there is a risk or not. However, in the selection of candidate substances for the Community rolling action plan (CoRAP), no detailed assessment is done. Therefore, it is possible that the evaluating Member State is able to conclude on the potential risks on the basis of information that is already available," explains Pia Korjus from ECHA's Evaluation Directorate.
- Substance evaluation under REACH: The annual update of the CoRAP published, Press release 20 March 2013
- First substance evaluation results - further information needed on 32 substances, Press release 6 March 2013
- The first list of substances to be evaluated under REACH published: Increasing information for the safe use of substances, ECHA Newsletter 2/2012
Interview by Hanna-Kaisa Torkkeli
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Did you know?
Substance evaluation aims to clarify whether a substance poses an actual risk to human health and/or the environment. To clarify the risks, the registrants may be asked for more information on the substance. The requests for more information can go beyond the REACH standard information requirements.
Substance evaluation is carried out by the Member States, and ECHA coordinates the procedure. In accordance with REACH and the Fee Regulation, ECHA transfers a proportion of the fees and charges collected under REACH to the evaluating competent authorities to compensate for the work done. The substances to be evaluated annually are listed in the CoRAP (Community rolling action plan).
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