TimelineReach registration deadline arrives

30 November 2010 12:42  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The first Reach registration deadline of 30 November 2010 has finally arrived.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), established in Helsinki, Finland, which has been the nerve centre for the collection of Reach data and for Reach testing, was expected to release the results of the first deadline on 1 December 2010.

Below is a timeline of key dates surrounding Reach's creation up until its first registration deadline.

29 November 2010 - Bayer successfully registers 125 high-volume chemicals under the EU’s Reach regulation.

26 November 2010 - The ECHA plans to rescue registrants who are let down by companies taking the lead in their Reach registration product group.

26 November 2010 - Both Arkema and Rhodia complete their initial phase Reach registrations.

15 October 2010 - The ECHA’s forum for exchange of information on enforcement approves a new project focused on downstream users who formulate mixtures.

27 September 2010 - The ECHA offers help to companies which have found themselves in difficulty submitting a full registration dossier for the new Reach chemicals legislation on time.

13 September 2010 - Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) said that chemical industry leaders have announced that the sector was close to completing preparations to meet the upcoming Reach chemicals registration deadline on 30 November.

13 July 2010 - Sustainable development director of UEAPME (European association of craft, small and medium-sized enterprises), Guido Lena, said European small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were struggling with the complexity of the registration process of substances under the new Reach chemicals legislation.

31 March 2010 - Geert Dancet, the executive director of the ECHA, said the EU was evaluating problems with Reach identified by the chemical industry with a goal of 1 June to propose solutions to those problems.

15 March 2010 - Chemical Business Association (CBA) said that the under-performance of the ECHA and its failure to resolve a number of key issues was placing the first Reach deadline at risk.

18 December 2009 - The ECHA begins publishing freely available information on its website chemical-substance hazard and safe-use information submitted under Reach.

04 October 2009 - Outgoing Cefic director general Alain Perroy said many small and medium sized chemical companies would not meet the first Reach registration deadline and be forced out of business.

15 September 2009 - The ECHA issued a clarification on information requirements under the EU’s Reach regulation to avoid unnecessary animal tests and costs to industry.

11 September 2009 - ECHA and EU national authorities said they would broaden their information services next year in the run up to the first Reach registration deadline.

07 July 2009 - The European Court of Justice (ECJ) rejects a challenge regarding the registration of monomers under the EU’s Reach regulation and rules that reacted monomers in polymers must be registered.

28 May 2009 - The European Commission rules out any extension to the December 2010 deadline for submission of dossiers for registration under Reach.

27 May 2009 - A Reach information ‘hotline’ to help answer industry questions is rejected by the ECHA after being described as “too complicated” to set up.

30 April 2009 - A Reach enforcement project including national inspections of chemical pre-registrations and registrations starts across Europe.

27 March 2009 - The ECHA publishes an updated list of around 143,000 pre-registered substances under the EU’s Reach regulation.

19 December 2008 - The ECHA announces that it will continue its screening of the 150,000 or so substances pre-registered under the Reach regulation into 2009, missing its 1 January deadline.

03 December 2008 - BASF said it would spend about €500m-550m in implementing the EU's new Reach chemicals controls policy by the final 2018 deadline.

07 October 2008 - A list of almost 40,000 substances pre-registered under preparation for the EU’s Reach legislation is published by the ECHA.

Late September 2008 - The ECHA discusses its first candidate list of substances of very high concern.

1 July 2008 - The ECHA opens consultation on the first 16 substances that could become candidates for authorisation under the European Union’s Reach chemicals control scheme.

3 June 2008 - The ECHA formally launches in EU.

1 June 2007 – Reach legislation comes into force and the ECHA opens in Helsinki.

18 December 2006 – EU ministers give Reach final nod of approval.

13 December 2006 – MEPs vote in favour or Reach compromise package.

13 December 2005 - EU ministers reached political agreement on Reach, voting through a largely industry-friendly package but with tougher rules on product substitution.

17 November 2005 - The European Parliament voted 407-155 in favour of an amended bill on Reach in a first reading. The vote represented a major milestone in the long and complicated path taken through the European Parliament by the controversial legislation.

Late 2003 - The draft chemicals regulation was submitted by the European Commission to the European Parliament following a lengthy drafting and consultation process (including internet consultation). The regulation was proposed against the background of the EU’s drive towards sustainable development and widespread acceptance that the ‘precautionary principle’ could be used to control the production and use of hazardous substances.

Early July 2003 – A novel eight week period of internet consultation ended. Some 6,400 submissions were made by interested individuals, companies, non-governmental organisations, industry associations and national governments.

Early May 2003 – Publication of first draft of legislation to be considered by Parliament, several months behind schedule. (It was originally due in September 2002.)

November 2001 – Council of Ministers and the European Parliament passed EC draft chemicals white paper proposals with additional demands to the EC. The agenda was driven by two EC directorates: environment and enterprise.

February 2001 – EC published draft chemicals white paper proposals, entitled ‘strategy for a future chemicals policy’. The white paper set the agenda for a major review of Europe’s complex chemicals regulatory environment.

Further information is available on the following websites:
European Chemicals Agency
European Commission websites 1 2
Chemicals Policy Review
Reach Centrum
UK Reach Ready 

To discuss issues facing the chemical industry visit ICIS connect


By: Franco Capaldo
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