ECHA Increases Vigilance on REACH Registration Dossiers

ECHA Increases Vigilance on REACH Registration Dossiers

Beginning on January 1, 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will take a more aggressive approach to verifying the compliance of all relevant Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation registration dossiers for specific substances, instead of only examining lead registrants.

This will include managing all registrants with non-compliant dossiers, and decisions on testing proposals for registrants relying on the tests to fulfill their information requirements.

By the end of the year, all new substances entering the European Union (EU) market must be registered, and all registrants will be required to keep their dossier information up to date, even if they are submitting joint registrations.

The ECHA has suggested that registered companies proactively examine the following in anticipation of these increased reviews:

  • Changes in production or import volumes.
  • New or outdated substance functions.
  • New or changed measures to ensure the safe use of substances.
  • New data or information regarding substance properties.
  • Contact information in the registration dossier.

These more assertive dossier checks are part of the ECHA’s plan to achieve three strategic priorities:

  • Help companies more easily identify and manage substances of very high concern (SVHCs).
  • Promote the safe and sustainable use of chemicals by industry.
  • Increase sustainable management of chemicals through EU legislation.

Enforcement Forums

Composed of one representative from each ECHA Member State, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement is a network of authorities responsible for the enforcement of the REACH Regulation; the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) rules; and Prior Informed Consent (PIC) regulations across the EU.

As of January 2019, the Forum’s key areas of concern will include:

  • Control of imports through close cooperation with customs authorities.
  • Internet sales of chemicals.
  • Improved cooperation between National Enforcement Authorities (NEAs) in cross-border cases.

Focusing on full REACH registration compliance, the seventh REACH enforcement project (REF-7) brings trained representatives from NEAs to focus on the inspection, review and enforcement of registration obligations after the May 31, 2018, deadline. The working group will be responsible for delivering training to national coordinators, managing operations during dossier review and drafting a report on the results of the project.

To keep their registration dossiers up to date, companies must efficiently gather and manage a large volume of product compliance information. The Assent Materials Declaration Tool can be used to upload, edit and export declaration files. Assent’s REACH Module automates the collection, validation and management of supply chain data related to SVHCs, enabling companies to meet their requirements under the REACH Regulation.

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