Reach registrants gain extra time to update incomplete dossiers

19 May 2010 17:59  [Source: ICIS news]

HELSINKI (ICIS news)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) plans to give companies extra time to add information to incomplete registration dossiers, executive director Geert Dancet, said on Wednesday.
 
Companies currently have four months to add the missing information and resubmit their registration dossiers but this could be extended to six months from 1 October 2010, he told ICIS.
 
Under the EU's Reach chemicals legislation, companies only have one chance to add any information that is missing from their registration dossiers.
 
“Now companies have four months to get that information. We are planning in October to prolong the time to six months,” Dancet said on the sidelines of the ECHA’s fourth stakeholder day in Helsinki, Finland.
 
The additional two months will provide more time for those substance exchange information forums (SIEFs) that are making slow progress to finalise their registration dossiers, he explained. SIEFs bring together companies registering the same substance and gather data for substance registration.
 
Under Reach regulations, substances that are manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of more than 1,000 tonnes/year and hazardous substances must be registered up to a 30 November 2010 deadline.
 
The ECHA is encouraging lead registrants to submit registrations of such substances as soon as possible, preferably by the end of July, Dancet stressed. This is important, he said, because the ECHA will also extend, from 1 October, the time it takes to verify the completeness of the registration dossiers from three weeks to three months.
 
Submitting their registration dossiers before the end of July would ensure that lead registrants would have time to add any missing information and resubmit, Dancet said.
 
“We advise that the re-submission takes place before the end of September because from 1 October the technical completeness check (TCC) deadline for us moves from three weeks to three months.”
 
Then, once the lead registrant’s dossier has been declared complete, the SIEF members also have time to submit their dossiers, he added.
 
“If SIEFs wants to do their job properly they should submit their registration dossiers by the end of July at the latest,” Dancet said. “This is safer because if they registered in November we could give no guarantee that we would be able to complete everything in one go.”
 
For SIEFs that need more time, the ECHA is adjusting its IT system so that from 1 June SIEF members can submit their registration dossiers at the same time as the lead registrant, Dancet said. Currently, the lead registrant has to submit its dossier first.
 
Many of the SIEFs still do not have lead registrants. In such cases, the ECHA is advising SIEF members to submit individual registrations. It is likely that these SIEFs only have a few members, and they should register their substances alone, Dancet said.
 
Kevin Pollard, from ECHA’s registration and dossier submission unit, said the ECHA expects to receive about 5,000 registration dossiers by the 30 November 2010 deadline, of which 4515 have already been identified for registration.
 
Based on the ratio of lead registrants to SIEF members, the ECHA is expecting to receive about 38,000 dossiers, Pollard told delegates at the ECHA stakeholder event.
 
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By: Anna Jagger
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