19 December 2008 14:17 [Source: ICIS news]
PARIS (ICIS news)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will continue its screening of the 150,000 or so substances pre-registered under the Reach regulation into 2009, missing its 1 January deadline, it said on Friday.
The Helsinki-based agency said that the high numbers of substances pre-registered between 1 June and 1 December meant that screening would take longer than had been expected. A partial list has been published on the agency's website.
The fully screened list will be published “at a later date”, the agency said, even though under the Reach regulation it was required to be posted by 1 January.
According to the agency, there were about 2.75m pre-registrations for the 150,000 substances.
The pre-registrations cover all the EU “existing substances” (EINECS) and the list of notified new substances (ELINCS), a total of about 105,000 substances.
The ECHA said that the remainder of the substances on the list were not in these inventories and were currently being screened.
“Companies are reminded that all of the pre-registered substances on the list may not fall within the scope of Reach, and some of them may have been registered without taking into account the volume trigger set by the regulation for manufacturing or importing,” the agency said in a statement.
The screening process involves removing from the list those substances which are not in fact substances at all, but which are, for example, completed articles such as shoes, that may contain substances needing to be registered.
It also involves detecting substances that are the same but registered under different names and filtering out those registrations from companies not within the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) which are not obliged to register their substances.
The list of pre-registered substances can be found at: http://apps.echa.europa.eu/preregistered/pre-registered-sub.aspx
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