03 December 2012 12:51 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has examined all proposals to test substances submitted by the first Reach (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) deadline, it said on Monday.
Draft or final decisions have been issued to each Reach registered company that had submitted a proposal based on the identification of a data gap regarding information requirements, it added.
The ECHA said the process was important because it made sure data gaps were filled and at the same time avoided the unnecessary testing of animals.
ECHA's executive director Geert Dancet said: "Examining the first wave of testing proposals within the legal timeframe is another successful step in Reach implementation. When these information gaps for high volume chemicals are filled, additional risk management measures may be needed not only at company level but possibly also at the European level."
A total of 571 dossiers, containing 1,184 individual testing proposals, were examined, ECHA said.
"Nearly 130 cases were terminated due to the withdrawal of the proposals, testing already being initiated or for other reasons. Draft decisions were issued in 436 cases, of which 146 have already resulted in a final decision," the agency added.
“In the other 290 cases the decision-making procedure will continue in 2013. In 24 of these cases, the proposals for reproduction toxicity tests have been referred to the European Commission because the Member State Committee did not reach agreement on them,” it said.
For the remaining 14 cases, the examination of the testing proposals was suspended due to the non-compliance of the substance identity information, while there were several other cases where involved ECHA registrants had been requested to clarify the identity of the substance before further processing of the testing proposal draft decision.
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