Compliance issues for “large part” of Reach registrations – ECHA

27 February 2013 10:58  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A significant proportion of registrations submitted under the Reach chemicals legislation raise compliance concerns, Finland-based body the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said on Wednesday.

According to the agency’s 2012 progress report on evaluation under the Reach legislation, the ECHA was able to close the books on just 33% of the 354 compliance checks that it carried out during 2012.

According to the report, insufficient information on subject identity was the most common shortcoming with Reach registrations, occurring in 66% of cases where there was an issue with registration data.

Prenatal development toxicity studies were absent or insufficient in 26% of problematic registrations, while exposure assessment and risk characterisation information was inadequate in 23% of cases. 18% of registrations with shortcomings did not give sufficient information on chronic toxicity studies, ECHA added.

Geert Dancet, ECHA’s executive director, said: "I need to remind registrants that registration under Reach is not just a paper exercise and that high quality data is not an end in itself.

“The purpose of describing a substance clearly and assessing potential hazards and exposure with scientific rigour is to ensure that the risks are properly identified and controlled in order to protect workers and the public at large,” he added.

The cost of Reach registration is currently estimated at €25,000-250,000 ($32,468-324,675) for 70% of Reach registrants - per substance and per registrant - according to a review carried out by the European Commission.

The current cost of registration has raised concerns that Reach compliance will weigh heaviest on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). According to the commission, around 25% of manufacturers and importers of chemicals have opted to remove one or more materials from the EU market as a result of Reach costs.

($1 = €0.77)

By: Tom Brown
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