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Päivi Jokiniemi and Paul Trouth
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Get ready for IUCLID 6
In summer 2016, a new version of IUCLID, the tool used to compile regulatory data on chemicals, will be released. This new version will include many improvements and will be based on an entirely new technical platform. In May 2015, ECHA will release a beta version of IUCLID 6 that will allow you to prepare for the update. If you use IUCLID from your company server, it is particularly important to know what is going to change and how to prepare your company's IT environment for IUCLID 6.
Prepare your organisation's IT environment
The beta version will give organisations that have IUCLID installed on their company server an opportunity to prepare their IT systems and user management practices. The beta version lets you:
- Start introducing the software changes that will be needed to run IUCLID 6. For example, Tomcat needs to be replaced by GlassFish as the application server which makes the components of IUCLID work together. This change can be done and tested with the beta version. You can also use the beta version to test the integration of IUCLID with other software that you use to manage your information on chemicals.
- Start making use of the new user management features of IUCLID 6. For example, you can appoint a user manager who can manage other users and their user rights, but who cannot access other data in the application. Different user groups can also be created and be granted access only to specific data – all within one central database. This feature can already be set up with the beta version.
The beta version does not contain all the data structures and functionalities of the final IUCLID 6 release. This means that you will need to make a final upgrade of IUCLID 6 when it is released. However, by using the beta version to set up a IUCLID 6-ready IT environment in your organisation, you can ensure a smooth transfer in 2016.
When the beta version is launched, there will be a set of instructions, a list of solutions to known installation issues, and a video tutorial. Additionally, the ECHA Helpdesk will be ready to answer your questions.
IUCLID on your desktop PC – get familiar with the new look-and-feel
If you have installed IUCLID directly on your desktop computer or laptop, you do not necessarily need to install the beta version. However, it will give you a chance to get familiar with the new look of the user interface. You can also familiarise yourself with the streamlined data management where all sections for endpoint studies have a record-based structure, making it easier to copy and paste and share information.
IUCLID 6 in 2016 – what changes?
Many users reported that installing IUCLID has been complicated in the past. IUCLID 6 is simpler to install on your desktop computer. It will, for example, no longer require any additional software.
Many of the changes aim to help both registrants and authorities. For example, the improved structure of information follows the OECD harmonised templates; a new version of the templates will be published by the OECD in 2015 and made available in IUCLID 6 in 2016. It also means that data can be searched and disseminated better.
IUCLID 6 will be easier to customise so that it can be used for other purposes than those currently managed in IUCLID 5. This is particularly useful for authorities in OECD member countries. They will be able to create their own templates and reports in IUCLID 6 whereas until now this has only been possible for ECHA.
The 2016 release is linked to a bigger update of ECHA's IT tools with new versions of REACH-IT and Chesar. Once the new version of REACH-IT is available, all dossiers submitted to ECHA must be created in the IUCLID 6 format. Therefore, if your organisation runs IUCLID from a company server, take advantage of the IUCLID 6 beta version and make sure you are prepared.
Did you know?
IUCLID is the tool used to prepare, for example, REACH registration dossiers and applications for authorisation of biocidal products. IUCLID is available in two versions:
The IUCLID 6 beta version is a preliminary version of IUCLID 6 that will help you prepare for the changes needed in your IT infrastructure and user management for organisations using the distributed version. It does not yet contain the final data formats and cannot be used to prepare a dossier for submission to ECHA.
IUCLID 6 will be officially released in summer 2016 and must be used for dossier submission. Until then, dossier submission to ECHA must be done with IUCLID 5.
Text by Päivi Jokiniemi
Advice from a stakeholder
"We have been involved in the testing of IUCLID 6 since 2013 and I believe we have helped to make it a better functioning tool.
Those users running IUCLID on their company server need to get prepared for the future data migration and make sure, with the help of IT-colleagues, that their IT systems are compatible with the requirements of the new IUCLID version.
It is important to keep in mind that, until the migration of the production environments has been done in 2016, you should be prepared to support two completely different IUCLID systems. Therefore, don't wait for the official release of IUCLID 6. Start the testing of the beta version as soon as it is available."
Dimitri Friedmann, Cefic – Industry representative of REACH-IT and IUCLID Working Group
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