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REACH 2018: Tips for getting started with REACH-IT
We often receive questions from registrants related to forgotten REACH-IT usernames and passwords. Many are also not aware of where in REACH-IT you can find other companies registering the same substance. We give you some tips that will help you access REACH-IT and find your co-registrants.
1. Access to REACH-IT
If you have pre-registered or inquired about your substance, you have already created an ECHA account and logged into REACH-IT, at least once.
If you have forgotten your username or password, you can restore them using the Help links on the login page. After you have received a link to your email, you need to answer the security question to restore your username or password.
If you have forgotten your security question, or if the email that you used to create your ECHA account is no longer valid, you have to contact ECHA to reset your account.
Once in REACH-IT, you can view your ECHA account details by clicking your username. Click Edit, and then My account to change the details.
In the same location, you can change your company details, for example billing address. You can also add a new user for your account. A new user can log into the same REACH-IT account and view the submissions. In addition to users, you can add contact persons.
If ECHA needs to contact you about your submission, it uses the contact information you have selected when uploading your dossier in REACH-IT.
You can manage contact persons for your REACH-IT activities by opening Menu > Contacts.
3. Finding your joint submission
If your substance has already been registered by other companies, you will need to join an existing joint submission. When you have pre-registered or inquired for the substance in question, you can search among existing joint submissions through Menu > Joint submission > Search and view. Type in your substance identity (EC or CAS name) and tick the box on Show other joint submissions? The search will give you a list of existing joint submissions for your substance. Select the correct joint submission for your registration type (full registration or intermediate).
You have to contact the lead registrant outside REACH-IT to be able to join the registration. The lead registrant’s contact details are available in the search results. You need to agree on sharing the data and related costs including potential administrative work. Only after reaching that agreement, will you get the security token from the lead registrant to join the submission in REACH-IT.
4. Finding your co-registrants
If your substance has not yet been registered, there are two places where you can find the other companies planning to register the same substance so that you can start working on the joint submission:
If you have pre-registered, you and your potential co-registrants are put together in the Pre-registrations and pre-SIEFs page. Type in your substance identity and you will get a list of other companies planning to register the same substance. You will then need to contact each other outside REACH-IT to see if your substances are the same and who will actually register. The contact details are available in REACH-IT. More help can be found on ECHA’s website on finding co-registrants.
If you have inquired about a substance, you can see the potential registrants on the Co-registrants page.
5. Getting a response from your co-registrants
If your co-registrants do not react to your emails, you should try other means of communication. Try calling the company or sending a registered letter. You could also try to identify other people from the company than the one indicated in REACH-IT. And remember to keep records of all your communication.
If you get no response in a reasonable time you should start the registration preparations on your own. Keep your potential co-registrants informed about the progress.
REACH-IT is the IT tool that registrants use to find their co-registrants, submit their registration dossiers and receive communication from ECHA.
With one year to go until the last registration deadline, make sure that your company has access to its REACH-IT account and that the company contact details are up-to-date to avoid any last minute problems in submitting your registration.