High Level Contact Group set up to address industry concerns over REACH deadline
A high level contact group was set up to address EU industry concerns about meeting the 30 November 2010 deadline under REACH for registration of chemicals that are produced in high volumes and/or are most hazardous. According to the REACH Regulation, failure to register by the deadline means that a substance cannot be used or put on the market. The group, called the Directors’ Contact Group, met for the first time on 5 February in Brussels. The group consists of Director-level representatives from the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency and from the industry associations CEFIC, Eurométaux, REACH Alliance, Concawe, FECC and UEAPME. Its aim is to identify priority issues of concern related to the registration deadline and develop practical solutions. It also aims to address concerns over a potential disruption of supplies of high-volume substances to downstream users if the deadline is not met. The group will work fast because time is short. Its first task is to develop an inventory of issues of concern and to elaborate achievable actions that can be implemented before June. Furthermore, the group will monitor the implementation and effect of its recommendations and overall progress towards registration and address ad-hoc issues as they occur. REACH is the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It aims to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the risks that chemicals can pose, and to enhance competitiveness and innovation. REACH makes industry responsible for assessing and managing the risks posed by chemicals.
WORKSHOP FOR LEAD REGISTRANTS
Brussels, 11 September 2009
The European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are organising a “Lead Registrant Workshop” to be held on 11 September in Brussels. This workshop is specifically aimed at promoting means that will assist Lead Registrants in their activities related to Substance Information Exchange Fora (SIEFs). Topics to be discussed in the workshop will cover best practices in establishing and managing SIEFs, the preparation of registration dossiers and specific feedback on information requirements.
Nanomaterials in REACH: This document reflects the current state of ongoing discussions within the REACH Competent Authorities (REACH CA) and its subgroup on nanomaterials on how REACH applies to nanomaterials. Stakeholders are invited to take note of the content of this document and follow its development.
Waste and recovered substances: the draft guidance paper that was discussed in the Competent Authorities meeting of 25-26 September is now available here.