Recent in REACH (page 1 of 3)

Regulatory Review: The Impact of REACH on the United States

While this column will not focus on REACH legislation, it does report on several critical areas related to REACH that were discussed at REACH in the Pre-registration Window and Beyond.

EU Regulatory Update: Enforcing REACH

Responsibility for the enforcement of REACH lies with the EU Member States and is divided into two pillars—the catalogue of penalties applicable for infringements and a system of official controls.

ECHA's Forum to Inspect Formulators of Mixtures

At its Dec. 8-10, 2009, meeting, the ECHA's Forum determined that the next REACH enforcement project will be to inspect formulators of mixtures who are the first level downstream users in the supply chain.

EU Regulatory Update: Defining R&D in REACH

Beginning with this column, Annelie Struessmann, PhD, will no longer focus solely on REACH regulation, but will be expanding her topics to encompass a variety of regulatory issues occurring in the European Union. Although Struessmann's columns may discuss REACH, as this feature does, future columns also will touch upon other hot button issues in the EU regulation of personal care raw materials.

REACH Update: Downstream User Obligations, Identified Uses and Use Descriptors

Within REACH, downstream user responsibilities for risk management measures arise when an eSDS is received from a chemical supplier with an annexed ES.

REACH Update: Exposure Assessment Elements

For each exposure scenario (ES), an exposure estimation and risk characterization must be included in the chemical safety report to demonstrate the risks are controlled. The ES must be annexed to the safety data sheet.

REACH Update: Exposure Scenario Annexes and Other Changes to the SDS

The statutory basis for safety data sheets (SDSs) is laid down in Article 31 of REACH, and Annex II details the requirements for the compilation of an SDS in accordance with this article.

REACH Update: SIEF Tasks and Registration Requirements

Substance Information Exchange Forums (SIEFs) are operational and critical for data-sharing and the subsequent preparation of joint registration dossiers. A SIEF is established when companies have agreed that their substance is the same.

REACH Update: ECHA Urges Companies to Organize SIEFs

In a fact sheet dated Apr. 24, 2009, the ECHA reminded REACH preregistrants that it is urgent to become involved in SIEF activities as soon as possible since deadlines for registration are extremely tight.

REACH Update: Establishing REACH Penalties

EU member states are expected to establish penalties for anticipated REACH infringements and ensure their implementation. Since the deadline to establish penalities has passed with only partial participation, the ECHA has provided a forum to assist member states with this process.

SIEF Activities for an Impending Deadline

In order to avoid duplication of tests, the REACH regulation requires the exchange of data among the potential registrants in a substance information exchange forum (SIEF). The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) has published a methodology to facilitate the start of the activities required by the SIEF and a project schedule.

REACH: Taking Steps to Register Preregistered Substances

To ensure sufficient time to organize data-sharing and prepare registration dossiers, potential registrants are recommended to perform the necessary follow-up steps as soon as possible.