17 July 2013 12:02 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on Wednesday published new guidance aimed at improving the quality of data provided by companies registering chemicals under Reach.
The ECHA said it hoped the roadmap would enhance the quality of information in exposure scenarios included in Reach chemical safety reports and in extended safety data sheets. The guidance has been published in anticipation of the final Reach deadline in 2018, which will see a large number of small and medium-sized chemical producers in Europe take part in the registration programme, many for the first time.
The quality of data submitted has been identified by ECHA officials as one of the key stumbling blocks for the Reach programme.
UK trade body the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) recently expressed concern that smaller European companies may be under-prepared for the amount of time and expense necessary for Reach compliance.
The 2018 deadline will cover chemicals produced in quantities of one tonne or more per year, meaning that many companies unaffected by this year’s 100 tonnes/year or more deadline and 2010’s 1,000 tonnes/year or more deadline will be involved in the process for the first time.
“The roadmap actions serve to improve the generation and communication of exposure scenarios for the different uses of chemical substances and mixtures by 2018,” the ECHA said.
The ECHA roadmap can be found here.
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