ECHA to boost information services ahead of Reach deadline

11 September 2009 16:19  [Source: ICIS news]

BRUSSELS ICIS news)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and EU national authorities will broaden their information services next year in the run up to the first Reach registration deadline, the agency said on Friday.

ECHA services would be reinforced, Lindsay Jackson of the ECHA's communications unit said, with the focus on lead registrants.

The new offering will include webinars and a discussion forum open to lead registrants only. The lead registrant role is mandatory under the EU’s Reach, registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals scheme.

“We wish the lead registrants to have their [registration dossiers] and to register over the summer next year,” ECHA executive director Geert Dancet told ICIS news.

“We are working very hard to make it more attractive for them,” he said.

In 2010 the ECHA help desk will be open to lead registrants only with assistance to other registrants being handed over to 30 national help desks within the EU.

The chemicals agency will take stock at the end of this year on Substance Information Exchange Forum (SIEF) operations, Dancet said

Some 1,500 SIEFS have been created but that number would have to increase to more than 4,000 if the number of substances registered in the first phase of Reach is as expected.

The first Reach registration deadline, for high tonnage substances, is on 1 December 2010.

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By: Nigel Davis
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