- We are on our way!
- Lead Registrant Workshop welcomes new and old lead registrants to Helsinki to share best practice
- Get your data sharing activities ready and be aware of your rights and obligations
- Executive Director Dancet in Rome: Supporting SMEs at a national level
- REACH conference in France: Setting up actions to ease the way for the 2013 milestone
- Shared learnings on Exposure Scenarios
- Regulatory definition of nanomaterials: Bringing clarity to the regulator and the registrants
- ECHA publishes a report on the experiences of successful REACH registrants
- Industry feedback received for the QSAR Toolbox
- ECHA to start a graduate scheme in the field of EU chemical policies
- ECHA Board adopts budget and revised work plan for 2012
- Member State Competent Authority Directors discussed the work load for 2012-2015
- ECHA organises the Meeting of the Heads of EU Agencies in Helsinki
- Evaluation process: Safeguarding the scientific quality of registration information
- ECHA's corporate identity: Towards a more open, accessible and efficient ECHA
- Stakeholders contribute to setting future priorities
- IUPAC aspires to work with industry beyond the International Year of Chemistry
- Professor Hélène Langevin-Joliot: "People have both the right and the duty to seek information and learn about chemicals"
- Kaihsu Tai from the Young Leaders Team: "Cross-sector collaboration and public awareness are the way forward"
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We are on our way!
This is our last newsletter of 2011; hence a good chance to reflect on the year's work and to look towards 2012. You may already have noticed that we are now using our new visual identity for this newsletter.
This change is part of ECHA's corporate identity, shaped with feedback from our stakeholders and staff to revisit our mission, vision and values. We are an independent, trustworthy and efficient authority, which is open and transparent in its actions and decision-making, and committed to the well-being of European citizens as well as our own staff.
We are implementing our corporate identity by embedding the new values in all of our services and activities, to make sure we live up to the spirit of the REACH and CLP Regulations and to the high standards that we set for ourselves. We are clear about where we want to be as an organisation, and what our stakeholders and staff can expect from us. You can read more about our corporate identity on page 12. Visit also our redesigned website – it has been restructured according to the needs that you have expressed in your feedback.
Taking stock of the past year
This year, which is the International Year of Chemistry, has been marked by publication of vast columns of information on chemical substances. We have processed registration data and disseminated public information, and we are still working to improve the database on registered substances. The first C&L notification deadline was in early January, and during the year we have worked hard to process this information, and to ensure that the information provided by industry is made publicly available in an accurate way. The C&L inventory will go live in early 2012.
n June, we published two reports covering our experiences on the operation of REACH and CLP and on how alternatives to animal testing had been used. The key finding is both simple and very heartening: the regulations are working. The success is due to the effective collaboration between the various actors: industry, the Member States, the European Commission and ECHA. In terms of the use of alternatives to testing on animals, we saw that industry went to great lengths to ensure that animal studies were only conducted as a last resort. We have been preparing for a new REACH process that will begin next year: substance evaluation. The first draft Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) has been developed: it contains 91 substances that are proposed for review by the Member States.
I now want to look forward to our work for next year and to highlight a few of the major challenges and priorities that lie ahead. The key priority is to ensure our readiness for the second registration deadline of 31 May 2013. We will provide support to lead registrants to assist them in preparing high-quality dossiers and chemical safety reports, and to carry out targeted communication activities to reach out to new registrants. We will enhance the dossier submission process and update our IT systems, including Chesar - the tool used to produce exposure scenarios for the safe use of hazardous chemicals - well in advance of the 2013 deadline. The second challenge is the ongoing dossier evaluation work, as we have the deadline of 1 December 2012 for examining the testing proposals from the first registration deadline and ambitious aspirations for compliance checks.
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The third challenge is for authorisation because the approaching deadlines for the first substances on the Authorisation List will result in applications by industry for authorisation of particular uses. Moreover, the Commission has set an ambitious policy target of having 136 SVHCs on the Candidate List by the end of 2012, which will require intensive activity by the Member States, the Commission and ECHA. In 2012, ECHA also has to prepare for two new regulatory schemes. The Biocides Regulation, which is expected to enter into operation in 2013, will transfer the operation of the EU biocides scheme from the Commission to ECHA; with a new EU authorisation scheme for biocidal products. Hence, we have to prepare the IT systems to receive biocides dossiers, to create the biocidal products committee and to recruit and train experts.
The recast of the PIC Regulation will transfer the implementation tasks of notifying export and import of hazardous chemicals from the Commission to ECHA. To be successful in our work, we need your help. We warmly welcome your feedback at any time. I look forward to meeting all potential lead registrants at the February workshop in Helsinki. Finally, I would like to extend my very warm seasonal wishes to all of you and to wish you a successful New Year!
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Biocidal Products Committee:
26 February-1 March
Committee for Risk Assessment:
6-8 March and
Committee for Socio-Economic
Management Board meeting:
23-27 March (tentative)
Member State Committee:
20-24 April (tentative)