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REACH 2018: Register now!
The sixth and final step to successfully register your chemicals by the 31 May 2018 deadline is to submit your dossier electronically through REACH-IT to ECHA. You will receive your registration number once ECHA verifies that your dossier is complete and that you have paid the invoice for the registration fee. After completing your REACH registration, you can continue to legally supply your chemicals on the EU market.
Before you submit
Before you log into REACH-IT to send your data, go through this simple checklist:
- Check the completeness of your registration dossier with IUCLID’s Validation Assistant and save the correct IUCLID file on your computer.
- Make sure you are part of the correct joint submission for your chemical. By law, all registrations for the same substance must be part of the same registration.
- Check that your company contact details are up-to-date in REACH-IT as ECHA might contact you about your registration.
- Check your company size category. Your registration fee depends on the size of your company, and there are guidelines to help you determine your correct size. We follow the European Commission’s definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. If you indicate that you are a micro, small or medium-sized company, you will need to give documentary evidence to back this up. ECHA will ask you for this information if it is missing from your submission.
- Have a look at the document Discover REACH-IT to get familiar with the new interface of the tool.
Steps to take
If you are a lead registrant, make sure you submit your registration well before the deadline, preferably before April 2018, so that member registrants have enough time to submit theirs. Member dossiers can only be sent after the lead dossier has been successfully submitted.
As a lead registrant, you need to:
- Create the joint submission in REACH-IT;
- Give member registrants access to the joint submission with the security token; and
- Submit the lead dossier, containing the joint part of the registration.
As a member registrant, you need to:
- Get access to the joint submission from the lead registrant;
- Use the security token to confirm your membership in the joint submission in REACH-IT; and
- Submit your member dossier through REACH-IT.
If your member registration relies solely on the information submitted by the lead registrant, you can both prepare and submit your dossier directly in REACH-IT. Otherwise, you will need to first use IUCLID to create your dossier and then use REACH-IT to submit it.
The REACH-IT submission wizard will guide you through the submission process – it identifies the tasks and actions you need to take according to your submission type and role (lead/member). There is also help available on each action if you need more specific assistance. There is no need to read additional manuals.
After you have submitted your dossier, it will go through the following steps in ECHA:
- Business rules check: This automatic check will make sure that ECHA can process your dossier. For example, ECHA checks that your registration is in the appropriate IUCLID format and that certain administrative information is consistent with your submission type.
- Technical completeness check: At this stage, ECHA checks that your dossier includes all the information required by REACH. It includes a verification by ECHA staff of certain elements that cannot be checked automatically. These additional checks cannot be replicated in the Validation Assistant. If information is missing, ECHA will inform you and you will need to resubmit a complete dossier within the specified timeframe. Read more about the technical completeness check in our September Newsletter.
- Invoice for the registration fee: An invoice for the registration fee is created and sent to you through REACH-IT. You must pay the invoice by the due date, otherwise your registration will be rejected and you will need to make a new submission.
- Decision on your registration: If the technical completeness check is successful and you have paid the invoice in time, your dossier is considered complete and you will get a registration number through REACH-IT.
- Publishing information from your dossier: ECHA will automatically publish non-confidential information from your registration dossier on its website. You may request that some information be kept confidential. You will need to justify this and also pay an extra fee. ECHA will assess the justification for your request and let you know.
Practical help and a hands-on webinar to show you how to submit your dossier will be held on 30 November, at 11:00 Helsinki time.
How to find the lead registrant of your substance
The new version of REACH-IT, published in June 2016, makes it easier to find the lead registrant for your chemical. The lead registrant's name and contact details are now automatically available in REACH-IT to all pre-registrants of the same substance - you no longer have to find it yourself.
If the lead registrant has agreed, their name will also be published on ECHA's website on the List of lead registrants. This list is useful especially to downstream users, who can check to see if their substance is being registered.
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- How to determine company size
- Discover REACH-IT
- Multilingual explanation of terms
Text by Hanna-Kaisa Torkkeli
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