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REACH Update: REACH-IT Status and ECHA Activities
Posted: June 30, 2008
Visitors to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Web site discovered the "REACH-IT" portal up and running on June 1, 2008, for use by REACH pre-registrants. According to the ECHA, almost 5,000 data files for pre-registration were submitted during the first week of operations. However, problems using this Web-based information technology system created for REACH registrations, i.e., "REACH-IT," were experienced on both sides—by industry pre-registrants and the ECHA.
Pre-registrants dealt with deficiencies using the IUCLID 5 software intended for multiple REACH-IT entries. The ECHA reported that for 2% of the pre-registrations, substance identity information was not provided in line with the ECHA guidelines and many of the Product and Process Oriented Research and Development (PPORD) dossiers submitted could not be further processed due to inadequate or incomplete information.
According to the ECHA, technical improvements are ongoing to the REACH-IT system. Currently, a single substance can be pre-registered online via the REACH-IT portal, but the pre-registration of several substances in one file will be available at a later stage. Also, temporary submission procedures exist for PPORD notifications, inquiries and registrations, which need to be sent to ECHA either by e-mail or by registered mail/courier service.
In order to address the proper filing of dossiers through the temporary submission procedures, the manual "Data Submission Manual 4: How to Submit a Valid Dossier to the ECHA and Complete the Dossier Header" was published.
Issues for specific nonphase-in substances used as cosmetic ingredients were mentioned in the REACH Update issue of November 2007:
Under the Directive on Dangerous Substances (Article 1 of Directive 67/548, as amended by Directive 92/32), non-EINECS listed ingredients did not have to be notified if they were placed on the market as cosmetic products in their final form intended to be used by consumers.